The Blind and The Seeing


In a spiritual sense, there are two types of people – The Blind and The Seeing. There are those who fail to see God as He presents Himself in the Word and in the lives of those whom He works. We have been in John where this has been evident in the Pharisees – the religious leaders of the day. They were supposed to be able to lead people in the truth of God, but as Jesus says, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, 29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.” (John 7) The Pharisees, and all who don’t know God, are blind because they do not believe that Jesus is from God, is the Son of God and is God. Jesus said, they are committed to the work of their father, the devil, and they want to carry out their father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. He is a liar and the father of lies. The Pharisees have asked about God’s work. Jesus told them that “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” in John 6:29.

John 9

39 Jesus said, “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.

In addressing the Pharisees, Jesus tells them plainly why He came into the world. Jesus came to make the blind see – that is to open the spiritual eyes of man who man would believe in God and that God sent Jesus to reestablish relationship with man. Jesus also came to blind those who claimed to see. Their claim is to know God or to have spiritual sight but truly become blind because they fail to believe in Jesus.

Matthew Henry says, “This great truth he (Jesus) explains by a metaphor borrowed from the miracle which he had lately wrought. That those who see not might see, and that those who see might be made blind. Such a difference of Christ’s coming is often spoken of; to some his gospel is a savour of life unto life, to others of death unto death. (1.) This is applicable to nations and people, that the Gentiles, who had long been destitute of the light of divine revelation, might see it; and the Jews, who had long enjoyed it, might have the things of their peace hid from their eyes, Hos. 1:10; 2:23. The Gentiles see a great light, while blindness is happened unto Israel, and their eyes are darkened.” In more simplistic terms, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Notice how the Pharisees responded to Jesus explanation of The Blind and The Seeing“What? Are we blind too?” They understood what Jesus meant; yet, they still did not understand that they were blind because they did not believe in Jesus; however, Jesus provides clarity and challenges their prevailing thought. Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. Since you say insinuate that you are not blind and can see, Jesus plainly tells them you are guilty of sin. Because they will not believe in Jesus and be set free from sin, their guilt remains with the impending consequence of their sin.

The only difference between The Blind and The Seeing is their belief about Jesus, but that makes all the difference. Jesus sets free those who trust in Him as Savior, Lord, and Son of God. The truth about a person coming to Christ in John 6:44 is paramount. We see that we are totally incapable of coming to God on our own. God must empower us to come to Christ. God must give us the faith to believe, but when confronted with the truth by God or His people, we cannot ignore or deny the truth. The Pharisees were more concerned about being in power than they were about following Jesus.

That is the true difference between The Blind and The Seeing.The Blind see Jesus as a hindrance and obstacle to their own priorities where as The Seeing see Jesus as their priority who allows them to overcome hindrances. Which are you, The Blind and The Seeing? If you don’t believe that Jesus is from God and is God then you are blind according to what Jesus says in John 9.

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