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I Can See Clearly Now

The miracles of Jesus still captivate our attention.  After 2000 years, we love hearing the accounts of Jesus touching a leper and making him whole, or speaking to a paralytic to “rise up and walk” and he did, or the miracle of seeing Lazarus come from his tomb in burial garb.  Perhaps, one of our favorite miracles is the wonder of Jesus healing the blind man at the pool of Siloam that is recorded in John’s Gospel.  As you know, Jesus made mud and put on the man’s eyes.  He then told him to “Go and wash his eyes” in Siloam pool.  When he obeyed, he immediately gained his sight and could not stop rejoicing.

I have often wondered what the man longed to see “first” when he realized he could had sight.  Perhaps it was his mother and father, brothers and sisters, or the city of Jerusalem where he had lived but had never seen.  Maybe he looked up to see the blue of the sky, or out to see what a tree looked like, or at faces to see the features that his hands had touched to try to understand, but now his eyes could capture to clarify his curiosity.

One thing we know….when Jesus came to him later in John 9, He asked, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”  “Who is He, Sir that I may believe in Him?”  Jesus answered, “You have seen Him; in fact, He is the One speaking with you.”  “I believe, Lord!” he said, and he worshiped Him.  (John 9:35-38).

When we see Him, focus on Him, obey Him, worship Him, serve Him, and honor Him we are in the perfect will of God.  Life has purpose, meaning, and clear direction.  Our sight is perfectly clear. Sadly, the world does not know Him, see Him, or seek Him.  Therefore, the result is strife and heartache.  Like blind men wandering without direction, the world is deceived and desperate but blind to the One that could save us.

The story is about a group of climbers who set out to scale a large mountain in Europe. The view boasted a breathtaking peak of snowcapped rocks. On clear days the crested point reigned as king on the horizon. Its white tip jutted into the blue sky inviting admiration and offering inspiration.

On days like this the hikers made the greatest progress. The peak stood above them like a compelling goal. Eyes were called upward. The walk was brisk. The cooperation was unselfish. Though many, they climbed as one, all looking to the same summit.

Yet on some days the peak of the mountain was hidden from view. The cloud covering would eclipse the crisp blueness with a drab, gray ceiling and block the vision of the mountaintop. On these days the climb became arduous. Eyes were downward and thoughts inward. The goal was forgotten. Tempers were short. Weariness was an uninvited companion. Complaints stung like thorns on the trail.  {Lucado, M. (1987). GOD CAME NEAR: Chronicles of the Christ (pages 189–190). Portland, OR.; Multnomah Press}.

Failure to see and know Christ is the saddest form of blindness.  Unless that spiritual malady is reversed by conversion, that blindness or at best, spiritual myopia will lead to destruction.  “There are none so blind as those that will not see”……..