Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? ~John 9:10
Has anyone ever sarcastically said to you, “Open your eyes”? It is a way of calling our attention to something that is right in our view, but we did not see it. It is also a way of referring to someone seeing the truth of a matter. This morning, we see a vital lesson about the importance of having opened eyes.
We see the impairment.
“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.” Blindness is an incurable condition. This blind man had never seen anything from the day of his birth. His destiny was to be led by other people, to beg for sustenance as he became of age, and to be despised by others as an unfortunate victim. He could not see because of his fate. Many cannot “see” because of their choice. They cannot see necessity from vanity, the future from the present, or the eternal from the temporal.
We see the impossible.
“When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.” Jesus touched the eyes of this man and gave him sight. When this man washed his eyes of the simple salve of mud and spittle that Jesus placed on them, he was able to see for the first time in his life. He could see! He saw people, colors, and things. Most importantly, he could see the truth that a miracle occurred in his life. He could see that God loved him and had visited with him that day.
We see the implacable.
The Jews were angry that this man was healed on the Sabbath. They took a wonderful miracle and were evilly critical of this man, the Lord Jesus, and the man’s parents. They were scornful of Jesus being the Son of God. They were unaccepting of His power over blindness. They were filled with indignation that He dared to heal on the Sabbath. These Jews were the ones who were really blind. They were blind to the truth. They were blind to the fact that Jesus was God manifest in the flesh. They were blind to their sick need of being saved from error, sin, and their bondage to the law. It is a tragedy to have spiritual eyes blinded to God’s truth.
We see the impelled.
Jesus heard that the man had been excommunicated for testifying that he had been healed by Jesus. Jesus knew that this man was hurt and wondering what to do. Once Jesus comes into your life, He is always there with you and for you. Jesus found this man and asked him, “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?” Jesus searches for us to be saved. He searches for us when we are saddened. He searches for us when we are in sin. He searches for us when we are in solitude. I’m thankful that Jesus always makes us His priority.
We see the imperative.
This man believed that Jesus was the Son of God. He knew that Jesus healed him, but when he realized that Jesus was the Son of God, he placed his entire faith in Him for his salvation and future. He had truly opened eyes. It’s critical to open our eyes to the Lord when it comes to faith. It’s critical to open our eyes to the Lord when it comes to obedience. It’s imperative to open our eyes and see the fields white unto harvest. It’s imperative to open our eyes and see the opportunities that God has given us. Open your eyes and believe!
Have an eye-opening God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Kings 8-9