“For judgment I CAME into this world, that those who DO NOT see may SEE, and those who SEE may become BLIND.” ~John 9:39
The story of the blind man is full of many, great treasures; however, this week we are only going to look at one found in verse thirty-nine. After the blind beggar miraculously received his sight, preached a mini sermon in the synagogue, and then was consequently kicked out, Jesus found him and asked him the question all must face, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” And the formerly sightless man believed. Why did the man so readily believe?
After the discourse with the Jews in John 8, Jesus left the temple and came upon a man blind from birth. Do you think that this meeting happened by chance? No! We see from what Jesus tells His disciples that this was a divine appointment. Divine appointments generally happen when we least expect them, because God does not operate on human time and schedules! And because of this, we can easily miss them. So be open to God’s schedule so that when He brings you a special appointment, you may be available to experience the awe and wonder generated by His power at work.
This past week, our country commemorated the fourteenth anniversary of September 11th, and as we remembered and reflected the day so many civilian and military personnel lost their lives, I hope you remembered the One who also made the supreme sacrifice and gave His life for our eternal freedom. May we be sure to at least give Him the same honor and reverence we bestow upon the heroes of 9/11, thanking Him for what He has done and not taking for granted the freedom for which He paid the ultimate price. To Him belong all honor, glory, and praise!
The story of the woman caught in adultery found in John 8 has many applicable points for us. While we might not be actively committing adultery through thought and/or deed, we are all sinners in need of saving grace. And like the woman in our story, each of us has been caught red-handed by the Omniscient Judge and will one day stand before the Great White Throne. On that day, will grace to be given or justice dispensed? And the sobering thing is that the answer to this question is in our hands.