DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading: John 9:1-41

Focus: John 9:39
Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”

 

In this passage, a man who was born blind was healed.  This is something that no one had ever seen before – not even the Pharisees.  People had questions… was it real?  Had they been tricked?  How did this happen?  Who headed this man?

The Pharisees, though, refused to see a miracle… they were much too focused on being right and “catching” Jesus in a wrongdoing.  They saw a law being broken, therefore Jesus must be a sinner.  They found offense in the healed man’s explanation and kicked him out of the synagog.  The Pharisees were know-it-alls!

You know, it’s pretty easy to have an opinion about a rule-breaker, isn’t it?  Whether it be someone at work who takes extra long lunches, a family member or friend making questionable choices, or (heaven forbid) an sporting injustice that goes uncalled.  Of course there are different degrees of severity, but we can get pretty high and mighty about being right!  What Jesus is teaching here, though, is that being a “black and white” know-it-all has a giant down side.  We get so focused on calling other people out, we are frightfully blind to our own issues.

Our focus verse:

Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”

In Matthew 7:3, Jesus says this:

And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?

God didn’t send me into the world to render judgement; that’s his job.  What I think I see is seldom the whole story.  God also doesn’t need me to identify the speck in someone else’s eye.  It’s way more important that I address the log in my own eye.

The man who was physically blind knew more about Jesus than those who could actually see him!  He knew mercy and healing, not law and judgement.  He told the truth about what happened to him and how Jesus changed his life.  That’s what God wants from us, too.

If Jesus, the Son of Man, has changed your life, share your story!  Let’s take a lesson from the blind man and decide, as difficult as it may be sometimes in this “black and white” world, to leave the judgement to God, and to lead our own lives following him.

Prayer:
God show me the log in my own eye, that I would not be blind.  Give me the opportunity and the courage to tell others how You have changed my life, and help me to show the grace and mercy that you have shown me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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