Daily D – John 9:25
He answered, “Whether or not he’s a sinner, I don’t know. One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I can see!”
JOHN 9:25 (CSB)
Seeing is believing, or so they say. However, this man who was born blind and who was given the gift of sight by Jesus caused confusion and disbelief (verses 8-12). Then things went from bad to worse (verses 13-34).
Seeing a man who had been blind his whole life looking back at them with perception was impossible. It was unbelievable. It was miraculous.
There are a lot of How questions in this story.
“Then how were your eyes opened?” (verse 10).
“Then the Pharisees asked him again how he received his sight,” (verse 15).
“They asked them, ‘Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? How then does he now see?’” (verse 19).
“Then they asked him, ‘What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?’” (verse 26).
Sometimes we cannot see the truth because we want to know How when we should be asking Who. To you, who is Jesus? John told us right off the bat who Jesus is. Notably, in 1:3, he says this:
He who created all things could certainly repair all things. Even so, the one answer the Pharisees would not accept for a person who was born blind yet now could see was Jesus. Jesus had once again violated their rules about the Sabbath. Jesus had once again pointed out that works of mercy and necessity were always the right thing to do on the Sabbath.
You can see the dilemma. You can also see the truth. You can see what the blind man saw that the Pharisees turned blind eyes toward. You can see Jesus for who he is. He is Creator. He is Restorer.
The man born blind received a great gift. He was overjoyed. Thieves tried to steal his joy. He would have none of it. “One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I can see!” He would not turn a blind eye to Jesus.
A little mud, a short walk, a refreshing rinse led to the gift of sight. Seeing led to believing. Remember how this story began. This man did not ask Jesus for his sight. Jesus did not ask this man if he wanted to be healed. Instead, the disciples engaged Jesus in theological questions based on what they saw. Jesus opened their eyes to see more clearly who he was.
Do you see it now? Do you believe?
When we see Jesus for who he is, we see everything else more clearly. Seeing is believing. Believing is seeing. I once was blind, but now I see.
I will see Jesus for who he is and by him see all things as they are and as they can be by his grace and truth.
Our Father, I thank you that when you look at me, you see all I could be. By your grace, in your mercy, you turn lumps of clay into works of art. You take coal and create diamonds. When you look at me, what do you see? Whatever it is, that is what I want to be. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.