There’s a story in the gospel of John about Jesus healing a blind man. It starts with a fascinating statement:

“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.” (1)

Jesus saw a man who couldn’t see him. The story is illustrative of the situation we find ourselves in with Jesus. We may have heard about him, read about him, we may even have a theology degree that focuses on him, but we can’t see him until he first sets his eyes on us and comes towards us. My last blog focused on sin and this is another consequence of sin in our lives. The real Jesus, and God his Father, is invisible to us and cannot be known until he takes that first step towards us. Thankfully he took that step towards us 2000 years ago when he first came to earth. He saw us and our sin, and he came towards us to remove the sin from our lives.

Returning to the blind man, the way Jesus healed him was quite unpleasant. He spat on the ground, made some mud and put it in his eyes. Spitting isn’t nice is it? If you walk past someone and see them spit, it’s horrible. If you’re watching a tv programme or movie, and someone spits in another person’s face, we’re disgusted by it. Spitting is what Jesus chose to do. He didn’t need to; he healed many people with just a word but not this time. Once again, I believe this was illustrative. Jesus was making a point to teach us a vital lesson. Jesus has come towards us, but to deal with our sin he has had to do something truly disgusting. He had to be crucified, the worst form of execution that man has ever devised. It’s designed to ensure maximum pain and that’s what Jesus had to suffer. The event is so horrific I don’t intend to go into it now, I’ll leave it to you to research yourself but, be warned, it isn’t nice.

The blind man received his sight and had the blessing of seeing Jesus, the one who healed him. We can see Jesus too, not with our physical eyes but with eyes of faith. We can see him in a whole new way, not as a character from history, not as a research study, but as the one who gave his life for us to deal with our sin.

Something else happened to the blind man. His healing offended the religious leaders. No, I don’t get it either. They should have been thrilled but they weren’t, and they threw this man out of the synagogue. The synagogue was the centre of a community so in effect he’d been completely ostracised and turned into an outsider. That’s tough, but he’d seen Jesus and became devoted to him, which was far more important. Jesus was worth the sacrifice.

Jesus isn’t welcomed in this world by everyone. He’s rejected, mocked, vilified; no different to when he was first crucified. Anyone who follows him can come in for their share of rejection too. Christians are considered to be naïve at best, crazy at worst. Christians can face rejection from friends and family.

Are you up for it? To have your sins forgiven, and to truly see Jesus, is that worth the cost of following Jesus? My answer is a very clear yes, but I can’t answer for you. This is a decision you have to make alone. Stay with the crowd and reject Jesus, or stand up to be counted. Commit your life to him, have your sins forgiven and see Jesus as he truly is, the wonderful and awesome Son of God, the Saviour.

 

Bible Reference:

  • John 9:1