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Open Our Eyes


John 9

Everyone in chapter 9 is blind. In one way or another, with the exception of Jesus, everyone in John 9 is blind. The disciples are blind. The blind man is blind. His parents are blind. The Pharisees are blind. The crowd is spiritually blind. Ironically, the only person who can see spiritually is the man who's been blind since birth. He can see spiritually. It's funny how nobody in this chapter can see except for the guy born blind.

If you want to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ, then this is the chapter for you. I'm sure, at one point or another in our lives, we've all struggled spiritually. What is God doing in my life? Where is my life heading? I've got to make this difficult decision. How should I respond to a particular person or situation? We want to know God is close by when we're struggling; when we're hurting.

Today, and next Sunday as well, we're going to look at lessons from John 9 that will help us to see spiritually.

The place to start is with verse 1. Jesus and his disciples are walking along and they see a man who has been blind from the day he was born. The disciples have a question. "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" They think the man's disability was the direct result of someone's sin. Someone has to be blamed. Either the man sinned in the womb or his parents are being punished for their sin. That's what they believe. So in their spiritual blindness, the disciples can only see one of two reasons for his disability.

We think, what a backwards way of thinking. But how many times do our thoughts trail off in that direction? Something bad happens and the thought pops into our minds, "I'm being punished for something I've done." We fall into the karma trap. The car accident is punishment for something I've done wrong. In the early 1980s, AIDS was seen by some Christian leaders as God's punishment for sin. A deformity or a disability or a cancer or some hugely horrible event is seen as a sign of God's disfavor.

As a side note, this mindset led to human sacrifice in pagan religions. There's a drought, so the gods are angry, so we have to make a sacrifice to appease them. Records indicate that human sacrifice in some ancient cultures increased during a solar eclipse. They supposed a cause and effect around human behavior.