Yesterday in worship we read from John 9. It’s a story about a man born blind. Jesus gives this man sight. You’d think this would be an occasion to celebrate. But, no! Not everyone was happy about Jesus healing this man. Those in authority were troubled that Jesus, a so-called teacher of the law, would demean his office by stooping down so low to touch a sinner. My, my.
The irony of this story is that while the blind man came to see, those with sight at the start were “blind” at the end. Who says the Bible doesn’t have a good sense of humor! The story is laugh-out-loud reading, but also so tragic. No good deed goes unpunished, as they say.
There are at least two types of blindness. One is physical. That is a tragedy, but which can be overcome, in great part, through courage, determination, and support. The other kind of blindness is spiritual. It can only be overcome through the exuberant, extravagant grace of God in Christ.
For some people, as they think about Jesus who came into the world to heal and save sinners, they think he came for someone else. They didn’t think that he considered that all of us were in need of salvation. Our prayer must be, “Save us sinners – those of us who know our sin and those of us who deny our sin. Open our eyes to you, Jesus. We once were blind but now we see.”
Peace, Pastor Gary