Bible Ballistics: BBs #361 Eyes That See What???
“And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind?
how then doth he now see?
20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: 21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself………24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
25 He answered and said,
Whether he be a sinner or no,
I know not:
one thing I know, that,
whereas I was blind,
now I see.” John 9:19-21 & 24-25
Like the great hymn written by John Newton, ‘Amazing Grace’, this blind man for whom Jesus restored sight, proclaimed:
“whereas I was blind, now I see”
May each of us examine our own lives to see if we have had our eyes opened, if we have seen Jesus personally? Are we walking in the light, HIS light, or are we walking in the dark; trying to illumine our own way with the artificial lights of the world? Only Jesus can give real spiritual vision!
“This then is the message
which we have heard of him,
and declare unto you,
that God is light,
and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness,
and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ
cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7
Just saying that we belong to Jesus isn’t the evidence of our salvation, but our walk is—whether we are walking in the light or in the darkness. Simply put, we are talking here about a continual lifestyle/walk with Jesus, the reflection of His Light, in our life/our lifestyle. Jesus Himself gives us some very powerful insights into being able to see and know truth. We are responsible to examine ourselves:
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5
Just like the blind man who gained His sight, we can truly, and only see when we see with the spiritual vision that God gives. Only in looking to Jesus, and coming to Him in repentance and faith, can we have “eyes that see”! Have you examined what you think makes you right with God? Is it faith in Jesus, or something else? Are you walking in the dark and trying to claim that it is really light? Here’s what Jesus had to say to one particular church:
“Because thou sayest,
I am rich,
and increased with goods,
and have need of nothing;
and knowest not that
thou art wretched,
18 I counsel thee to buy of me
gold tried in the fire,
that thou mayest be rich;
and white raiment,
that thou mayest be clothed,
and that the shame of thy nakedness
do not appear;
and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve,
that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:
be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
if any man hear my voice,
and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him,
and he with me.” Revelation 3:17-20
We must open the door to Jesus. Trying to be self-sufficient will never get us, as my Pastor says, from Oklahoma (or where ever you are!) to heaven. Only the substitutionary, atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross will suffice to open your eyes that you can see “The Light” of the world who saves and delivers from the penalty and power of sin.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
Are you following Jesus? Are you walking in The Light? It’s a question of eternal import. May you see HIM today!