Journey Group Devotional, 10/6/15
You know the account in John 9 of Jesus healing the man born blind. After the man is healed, he is repeatedly questioned by the religious rulers. That’s when he made the famous statement in John 9:25:
I only know that I once was blind, but now I see.
But do you know when he actually accepted Jesus as his personal Savior?
Look at it closely. In the beginning of the story we learn he’d been blind from birth (9:1). We also know he was lost because ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23). When Jesus healed him he came back seeing (John 9:7), but he was still lost. He had been physically healed, but he had not been spiritually healed. The eyes of his heart were still blinded as to who Jesus was (Ephesians 1:18). When questioned about his experience the man only knew that Jesus had given him sight (John 9:11), but he was still in spiritual darkness. Even with his famous statement in verse 25 followed by his theological and doctrinal beliefs (29-33), we know that he was still walking in spiritual darkness.
So, what does that mean?
It means we can experience God’s blessings and even physical healing but still be lost in sin. We can go to church, be around the religious crowd and even talk about Jesus – and still be living in spiritual darkness. We can actually tell others about Jesus and be spiritually blind.
That should serve as a warning to all of us. Peter wrote in II Peter 1:10 –
Make your calling and election sure.
Paul makes a similar statement in II Corinthians 5:7 –
Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith.
So did the blind man ever accept Jesus? The answer is Yes. After the man was put out of the synagogue Jesus went looking for him. Jesus clearly revealed Himself as the Savior sent from God (John 9:35-37). In John 9:38 the healed man said to Jesus:
Lord, I believe.
Now, do you believe? Or do you just know about Jesus? Walk away from the religious crowd and turn to Jesus.