I Was Blind but Now I Can See

The gospel lesson for this Sunday, John 9, sets forth a conversation rich in theological profundity and identity recognition. There is a man born blind. The disciples ask questions of causation. The Pharisees seek to refute his healing. In this adversarial position, the man born blind becomes stronger and “sees” who Jesus is. Those who think that they can see, like the Pharisees, become blind. A spiritual blindness.

How do we know we are not spiritually blind? What does spiritual blindness look like?

Recently, a marriage counselor shared with me how a marriage can survive almost any setback if there are 3 characteristics present in the spouse:

  • humility
  • ownership
  • self-awareness

Obviously, ownership and self-awareness are born out of humility. Humility is a state of the heart that recognizes a need for God, a need for healing, a need for transformation. It is the opposite of pride and self righteousness which says “I have everything or even most things together.” Jesus says in John 9:39–41, that he came so that the blind could see and that those who claim to see will become blind. He is speaking both to the man who regained his sight in the Pharisees who are becoming spiritually blind. People, like the Pharisees, who are successful, brilliant, educated, etc., are at a greater disadvantage when it comes to the gospel. The opposite is true. Those who have less, less success, less education, etc., are at a greater advantage.

A solid marriage or relationship is going to thrive, even amidst difficulties, when there is a sense of ownership of our blindness and awareness of our weakness. For example, we can be in church all of our lives, read our Bible every day, go through the motions, and have little or no self awareness and ownership of our spiritual blindness.

It’s too easy to put our ultimate worth and identity in anything other than worshiping God. Especially if we are “religious.” Be careful when we say “I’ll be better, go to church, God will bless me.” We are not taking the interior reflection where we can really see ourselves, our sins, our flaws. The worst form of spiritual blindness is not even see that we are blind. We shift the blame. If we live for moral goodness we will be blind to ourselves. If we live for our children we will be blind to our children. If we live for anything else, spiritual darkness comes in we can’t see ourselves, others, the world, God.

How is this healed? Only in worship. Finding our self-worth in being His child. We see the cross. The heart is engaged. At the cross we see Christ taking on the darkness of the world and becoming spiritually blind, “my God my God why have you forsaken me.” He is cut off. It melts the heart, the eyes are healed and we can see the greatest love the world has ever known. None of us want to admit that we have spiritual blindness and that is the worst form of blindness. Come this Sunday and let’s hear about what blindness looks like and how we can be healed.

One more thing. Regarding the Crossroads Building Update: The Crossroads Building Team has been in the process of being formed over the past couple weeks. Meetings are taking place that include the following:

  • needs assessment
  • design input
  • architect plans
  • construction contractor plans

Please keep this team in your prayers and we will continue to communicate these exciting developments as they proceed.

Faithfully,

+Philip