AMAZING GRACE (JN 9 & PS 121)
So a second time they summoned the man who had been blind and told him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “whether or not he’s a sinner, I do not know. One thing I do know, I once was blind and now I can see!” - John 9:24-25
John 9 uses a physical condition to bring Light to a spiritual condition. This type of blindness does not allow us to see our sin nor the judgement that Jesus brings with him. Jesus and his disciples see a man, blind from birth. The disciples assumed he was blind because of sin, but Jesus says it is so, “God’s works might be on display”(vs.3). He then spits on the ground, makes mud, rubs it on the blind man’s eyes, and then sends him to wash his eyes at the pool of Siloam. His blinded eyes are now opened, he is interrogated by his neighbors and the Pharisees as to what happened to him and what he knew about Jesus. None of his answers would satisfy them, but he certainly knew that, “I once was blind and now I can see”(vs.25). Soon after, the blind man would believe in the Son of Man and worship Jesus (vs.38).
Jesus said, “ I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.” - John 9:39
To my non-christian friend, I pray God would open your eyes to see how sin blinds us. You stand in the path of Christ’s judgement. By God’s grace, the judgement for your sin has been put on Jesus in his death and resurrection from the dead. Would you repent and believe in the Son of Man, Jesus Christ? To my Christian brother and sister, remember there are many still walking in darkness. Consider how you can point them to Jesus. Use your testimony! Just like the blind man you have a story that testifies to Christ's work in your life and the judgement he takes on your behalf. You were once blind, but now you can see. This is all because of our Saviour’s amazing grace.