CHOOSING TO STAY BLIND…
Jesus healed a blind man, but the man was uncertain as to who, exactly, Jesus was. The Jewish leaders had, however, thrown the formerly blind man out for defending Jesus as not being the evil person they were accusing him of being.
After all, Jesus had healed him! He was open to knowing the truth about Jesus, he just wasn’t sure what that was.
John 9:35-41 (NIV) 35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” 38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
Some of the Pharisees…religious leaders who were paying more attention to their own interests than to the truth of God were seemingly offended by Jesus saying, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
The difference between the Pharisees and the once-blind man was that they had seen Jesus, they had heard the truth…but they were stubbornly sticking to their own prideful version of how to interpret that truth. Some traditions were too hard to give up. Some of them were holding tight to financial gain and social prestige.
Jesus was asking them to truly open their eyes…to hear and then to humble themselves and turn away from their own stubbornness and pride. He was asking them to see.
For some…it was just too much. They were willing to do anything to hold on to their own self-serving view of life, including refusing sight.
They didn’t want to sacrifice their own stubborn thought processes. They didn’t want to release their own pride or their current position. They weren’t only refusing Jesus and the peace and life He was offering. They were separating themselves from the most important and meaningful relationships they would ever have, in order to stay in their old, tired, empty ways.
They had the opportunity to see…to truly see! But they chose blindness.
Some things…never change.
Ephesians 1:18-19 (NIV) 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,