“Open Our Eyes Lord”

Posted: September 16, 2016 in Compassion, Gospel of John, Salvation, Spiritual Gifts

John 9:1-14

“For years he sat in the street, a castaway from society, his soul aching for the touch of light and love. And then one day he heard the approaching footsteps of Jesus who, with a touch of compassion, gave him new eyes… Few afflictions are more difficult to bear than blindness. And in Jesus’ day, a blind person held little hope for anything more than a lifetime of begging.” – Chuck Swindoll.  Perhaps you know someone who is blind too. How do you treat him/her?

The Men. This blind man went virtually unnoticed by Jesus’ disciples who, apparently, were enamored more by the magnificent temple itself (Matthew 24:1). In a sense, they were a lot like the priest and Levite who passed by the man who had been robbed by thieves and left for dead (Luke 10:30-37). Jesus, however, was concerned about people. To those who were oppressed by the hypocritical, religious leaders of the day, Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Jesus.  I’d rather have Jesus as my Shepherd than anything else. He loves me, knows me, knows my future, and gives me the strength to do the things that He wants me to do. He forgives me when I confess my sins and helps me start over again. He will never leave or forsake me. He will reward me for faithful service to Him. He is the God-man (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9). King David wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). My friend, is He your Shepherd? If not, we’d like to introduce you to Him. If He is your Shepherd, do you tend to wander away from Him and get yourself in precarious situations that cause Him a lot of grief (Ephesians 4:3). He wants you to stay close by Him so you will be safe? It’s so much better to stay under His care and let Him lead you (Romans 8:14) than to wander away like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31).

Cause And Effect. Seeing the blind man, it was quite natural for His disciples to ask Jesus why this man was blind from birth (John 9:1). Was it due to his own sins or his parent’s sins? Apparently some Rabbis were teaching that it was possible for a baby in the womb to sin by kicking his mother on the Sabbath. Perhaps they concluded that this man’s parents had sinned and thus passed down a curse on him (Exodus 20:5, 6; Jeremiah 32:18). Yes, it’s true. Some parents who take illegal drugs, alcohol, or who have sexually transmitted diseases, sometimes do pass a curse on to their children. Just talk to some Doctors and nurses about such babies.

Jesus’ Diagnosis. “Jesus answered [the disciples’ questions], ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him’” (John 9:3). Jesus was on a mission to glorify His Father by making Him known to humanity (John 17:3, 4). He did everything that the Father wanted Him to do at the right time and in the proper manner. His miracles were designed to prove to them/us that He was/is the promised Messiah/Christ and the Son of God (John 20:31). They validated His person and work (Isaiah 29:18; 35:5; 42:6, 7). Perhaps you didn’t know this but God has some predetermined works for Christians to do too (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). Sadly, most Christians don’t know very much about the “Spiritual Gifts” that God gave to every Christian at the moment of his/her salvation (See Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16). Which gifts were temporary and which are extant? [1]  Which one do you have?  Are you using it with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13)?

Miracles. The miracles that Jesus performed were conducted in different ways. Sometimes He performed them without a lot of fanfare (John 2:7, 8). He was able to heal the nobleman’s son from a distance just by speaking a word. He told a crippled man to take up his bed and walk (John 5:8). He fed over 5,000 people at one time (John 6:11). He brought Lazarus back to life with a word (John 11:43). But on this occasion Jesus “spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’…So he went and washed, and came back seeing” (John 9:6, 7).

Sabbath. It’s interesting that Jesus chose to give this man his sight on the Sabbath (Saturday). The hypocritical, legalistic, religious Pharisees had added all kinds of other requirements to the observance of the Sabbath. Apparently they said it was unlawful for a man to pluck a hair from his head or beard because that involved work. Cutting one’s fingernails was illegal. No medical attention could be administered unless it was a life or death situation. It was unlawful for a man to walk with sandals that had nails in them because that was carrying a burden on the Sabbath. Is it any wonder that Jesus had compassion on the common people who were weighted down with such additional burdens? They missed the whole purpose of the Sabbath. “Apart from maintaining the continual burnt offering ( Numbers 28:9), and its connection with the annual feasts…the seventh day was never made a day of sacrifice, worship, or any manner of religious service. It was simply and only a day of complete rest for man and beast, a humane provision for man’s needs. In Christ’s words, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath’ (Mark 2:27).” – Dr. C. I. Scofield

Response. Perplexed by what had happened to this blind man, the people asked him about it. Not satisfied with his answer, they took him to the Pharisees for them to interrogate him about his eyesight. With all their knowledge of the Scriptures, they should have made the connection of this miracle to the prophecy that Isaiah had made concerning the Messiah’s giving sight to the blind when He came (Isaiah 29:18; 35:5; 42:6, 7). But they didn’t get it. Things haven’t changed much today either. Liberal theologians refuse to acknowledge that Jesus is the God-man who had/has all the Divine attributes of God. They don’t believe that He came to earth through the virgin, Mary. They don’t believe that He was sinless, and that He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily from the dead on the third day. They don’t believe that He’s coming back literally as He said He would (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11).

Confusion/Unbelief. The Jewish prophet Jeremiah rehearsed the reasons for the Jewish captivity by their enemies. “Hear this now, O foolish people [Jews], without understanding, who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not…But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; They have revolted and departed…” (Jeremiah 5:21-23). Because most of the Jews rejected their Messiah when He came 2,000 years ago and said, “His blood be on us and on our children” (Matthew 27:25), they have been to this day under Gentile domination and will be until Christ returns after the seven years of tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Romans 11:25). The last 3 ½ years are known as “the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). This time seems to be just around the corner. To get the big picture, would you like to receive a free “Dispensations Chart” for your consideration? If so, ask us for one. Do you know what happens to a Jewish person who believes in Jesus as his/her personal Savior today (Romans 1:16; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:11-18)?

Israel’s Future. God hasn’t forsaken the Jewish nation forever as some “Replacement Theology” people believe. [2] A bright future awaits the believing Jewish remnant (Romans 11:26). Those who physically survive the seven year Tribulation will be the ones who repopulate the earth (Matthew 10:22; 24:13). They will inherit all the land that God promised to give to them in an everlasting covenant. During Christ’s 1,000 reign on/over earth (Revelation 20:6; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Daniel 2:44, 45) it will extend from the Mediterranean Sea to the River Euphrates (Genesis 15:18- 21). In eternity future, the believing Jews will inherit a new earth in which they will dwell (Revelation 21:1; Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13). “Nevertheless we [believers], according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells [feels at ease]” (2 Peter 3:13). Don’t let the scoffers intimidate you. They don’t believe that Jesus is returning to earth as He said He would (2 Peter 3:3ff). Are they ever in for a surprise!

Judgment Day. “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Every person who has lived on this earth will face Judge Jesus someday (John 5:22). Do you know the purposes for the different judgments (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15)? Where will you spend eternity – Heaven or Hell? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead? Are you depending on any of your good works to get you into heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? Would you like assurance of salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)?

Our True Condition. All of us were born spiritually blind (1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4). We need someone to share the Clear Gospel [3] with us so God the Holy Spirit can open our spiritual eyes and enable us to see the Lord Jesus Christ and believe on Him to be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 10:9-16).

Witnesses. If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, you can/should tell others about Him (Acts 1:8). Carnal Christians need to get right with God through confession of their sins to God and others against whom they have sinned or face discipline from God (1 John 1:9; James 5:16, 19, 20; 1 John 5:16; Hebrews 12:5ff).

Help. If you need spiritual help, we can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Spiritual Gifts. http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm

[2] Replacement Theology:

http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/scofield.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

[3] Clear Gospel: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s