Sight and Blindness

And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

John 9:39-41

After healing a man who had been blind from his birth, Jesus got into a discussion with the Pharisees.  He used the healing of the man who had been given sight as a metaphor for his spiritual condition. The man who had been blind understood exactly what He was saying, but the overly religious Pharisees could not understand it.

Jesus told them this: “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin…”  He told them that if they could see that they were spiritually blind, they could be made to see.  If they could admit that they did indeed have sin in their lives, then they could see the need for a Saviour from that sin.  As people today, we have to come to the understanding that we are sinners.  We have to admit to ourselves and to God that we have sin in our lives.  It is at that point that God can help us.

But He also told them this: “…but now ye say, We see: therefore your sin remaineth.”  As long as the Pharisees (or anyone else) refused to see their true condition and their true need, they would remain in their sin.  As long as they thought that they “could see,” they would never come to Jesus for the sight that only He can give.

We should always remember that we are sinners and, as sinners, we desperately need a Saviour.

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