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See God Clearly

Posted 1/30/2018

How is your vision lately?  When was the last time you saw your optometrist or had an eye exam?  For me, I was advised to visit my optometrist once a year, but, alas, I keep on forgetting to book an appointment!


Perhaps you have normal vision, or that you're more diligent in following your optometrist's advise than I do, because you care about your health and eyesight.  You deserve much praise if you are such person.


What about your spiritual vision?  Do you see God clearly?  Do you feel His love and presence everyday?  

As long as we are still on Earth, we are affected by what we see and experience everyday.  Sometimes, these things consume so much of our time that we forgot to draw near to God.  We know He is in and around us, but we tend to set Him aside and focus on other things until we are free, and by that time comes, we would become tired and go to bed.


Jesus healed the blind man


I recently read John chapter nine, where Jesus healed a man who was blind from birth.  The part of this chapter that tends to stick out the most is the way Jesus restored the man's sight: He spitted on the ground, made mud with His saliva, and then anointed the mixture on the man's eyes before He told him to wash it off at a nearby pool.  Next thing this man knew, he could see, and many--especially the Pharisees--questioned about the validity of the healing experience.


On the surface, this story seems like just another one of Jesus' miracles He performed during His journey on Earth.  After all, Jesus restored many people's eyesight, as recorded in any of the four gospel books.  But each case was unique, and these cases can be quite related to us, despite they happened 2000 years ago.  


As the story went on, the previously blind man gave a clearer answer to who Jesus was that healed him.  The first answer was "a prophet" (verse 17), then on verse 25, when they asked the man if the healer was a sinner after his parents refused to answer, he told them what he knew--that although he couldn't verify whether the healer was a sinner or not, he was blind but now he could see.  As the questions ensued, the man became frustrated and asked if the Pharisees wanted to be the healer's disciple, but they countered with the fact that they were Moses' disciples.  Even though this man still didn't know who healed his eyes, but he had a strong knowledge about God, that He doesn't listen to sinners but He listens to those who worship Him and do His will, and that only God could perform such miracle as restoring one's vision (verse 33).  The pharisees finally had enough and cast that man out of the synagogue.


Finally, Jesus found the man and revealed to him that He was the Son of Man.  The man showed his faith when he replied "I believe" after Jesus asked if he believed in Him.  Jesus then revealed that He came so that those who do not see would see, and vice versa.


See Him clearly and believe in Him


How do we see the Lord everyday?  What is He to you?  A prophet, a healer, a miracle performer when you needed one, or His true disciple who loves and follows Him closely?  Is the Lord in your field of vision, or are your spiritual eyes distracted by other things, things that you can experience with your five senses but are temporary?  


We know who God or Jesus is, for we accepted Jesus as our personal Savior and rely on His guidance.  The Pharisees also knew about Jesus and could probably recite the doctrine at any time, but they refused to believe that Jesus was the blind man's healer or accept Him as He was.  They didn't "see" their own spiritual blindness, as they followed traditions from Moses' laws like religious practices.  


It stated clearly, in various parts of the book of John, that we need to believe in Him, worship Him, and do His will.  In John chapter four when Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman, He told her to worship the Father in spirit and truth.  Back to the last verse in this chapter, Jesus answered the Pharisees' questions about whether they were blind or not by sayinv that if they said they see, their guilt (or sin) remained.  Seeing and knowing about Jesus is one thing, but believing and abiding in Him is what we need to do, just like the previously blind man in the end.  


We need to see the Lord Jesus clearly and believe in Him for who He is everyday, because many things are constantly grabbing our attention, including guilty pleasures, worldly trends and attractions, and arguments to doubt God's love towards us or concepts about self-reliance rather than relying on God's guidance.  We eed to worship Him and let His love affect and compel us everyday, so that our faith will not be shaken.  Our spiritual vision is best corrected by the truth and trust in God, even if our physical vision may deteriorate, for He is our "spiritual optometrist".


May we all have healthy spiritual vision!


I will explain how this chapter relates to me on my next post in two weeks.    








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