A Bigger Picture

“As Jesus walked along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s work might be revealed in him.” (John 9:1-3)

“Who’s fault is it?”

That’s what the disciples wanted to know.

“Why did this happen?”

Many of us ask the exact same questions when a situation gets out of hand. We want to know: “Why, God, why?”

Some have concluded that God just doesn’t care about them anymore; or worse, that He never did.

These thoughts are not uncommon (yet quite unwelcome), and can reveal a lot about a person’s perspective, how they see things.

We must understand that Jesus does not only restore physical sight to the physically blind – He provides spiritual sight as well.

When we have an encounter with Jesus, we get a supernatural glimpse into the heavenly places.

He shows us who we truly are, as well as who we can become.

He enlightens us as to what is really important and what is not.

Before our Christ encounter, we are blinded by our sin and our selfish desires. But Christ produces a fresh perspective and a new set of principles that express compassion toward enemies, love toward neighbors, and obedience to God.

The true miracle is that God gives us a choice! He gave us free will!

How will we live our lives? What we will do with Christ?

We can accept Him or reject Him – the choice is ours – along with its repercussions.

And the irony of Christ is: “If anyone seeks to keep their life, they will lose it. But if anyone shall lose their life for My sake, they will keep it.” (Luke 17:33)

Likewise, if we admit we are blind, He allows us to see. But if we claim we can see just fine without Him, then He will let us retain our blindness.

It is not a matter of the eyes – it is a matter of the heart.

It is only when we come to Christ in honesty – blind, bruised and lost – that He can send us away with vitality – sight, healing, understanding, and purpose.

“Those who elevate themselves will be brought down; while those who lower themselves will be lifted up.” (Luke 14:11)

Amen!