Saturday, April 5, 2014

John 9:35-41 (ESV)

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”

Do you recall when Jesus found you? This may sound like an odd question because people, when they talk about Jesus, typically talk about how they found him. It is as if Jesus were the one who was lost. Imagine that if you can! Jesus Christ—fully God, fully man—lost and needing someone who knows where things really are!

In this part of the story where Jesus heals a man born blind, Jesus “finds” him after the religious rulers of that time had cast him out of their presence. That was a big deal then. Today, it would be something like a powerful group of authorities taking away your citizenship, or your job, or your house, or your family—permanently. If that happened to you today, you would certainly feel like you were lost. And you would be certain that you had lost something fundamental to life as you had lived it, something that once had helped you to make sense of it all. In a flash, your cozy understanding of things would vanish, and you would see quite clearly that it was never coming back.

Imagine, then, what it was like for this man who was born blind. All of a sudden he sees; and then he gets a lot of questions. Then, they throw him out! Next, Jesus finds him, and asks him a new question.

This is how Jesus finds us all. First, he opens our eyes. Then, because we have changed and see things differently, we act differently. Then we get a lot of questions—that’s when we begin to feel a little lost. And then suddenly, there he is, asking us just like he asks everyone, “Who do you say that I am?”

Lord, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God!

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