Blind From Birth
And Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from birth – John 9:1
As Jesus was on His way to the Feast of Dedication, He saw a man who had been blind from birth, His disciples thought because the man was blind, he or his parents had sinned. Jesus’ reply to them was he nor the man’s parents had sinned but the glory of God would be manifested in the man to bring forth physical sight as well as spiritual sight.
The man had been born blind and he had been in that state from birth until an adult, but one day he had an encounter with Jesus and his life changed. Jesus healed the blinded man physically and after he received his physical sight he believed in the Lord and received spiritual sight. The man was healed both physically and spiritually. Those that had known the man from birth and knew he had been born blind saw that he had received sight, some believed and others thought it was someone who looked like him; the man had been changed from blindness to seeing, he had an encounter with the Lord and he didn’t stay the same.
We all were born into a sinful world which made us spiritually blind. But as the blinded man had an encounter with Jesus and he was healed physically and spiritually those that accept Jesus as Savior and Lord can also be healed. The problem is many accept Jesus as Savior, but have not accepted Him as Lord. Yes, Jesus came into the world to save His people from their sins, the name Jesus (Yehoshua) means Jehovah Saves; but in order for Him to save us we must be truthful to ourselves and is willing to give Him our will and allow Him to be Lord of our life. If our old nature has not been changed, we have not accepted Him as Lord although we have received the forgiveness of sin. Anyone that has an encounter with Jesus is made new (Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [creation] old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new -2nd Corinthians 5:17). This is when a person comes into vital union with the risen and glorified Lord); he or she is no longer the same person in their heart or spirit. When we receive Jesus as Lord the results of Christ’s death for the believer and the believer’s death with Him because the believer is united with Jesus both in His death and resurrection, they participate in the new creation, that is they receive the benefits of being restored by Christ to what God had originally created them to be. A believers life should change because he or she is being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
This transformation doesn’t come over night. As the believer seek the things of God as attending church on a regular basis (Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more as ye see the day approaching – Hebrews 10:25). Worship service is where we come to get exhorted in the things of God by preaching and teaching. Sunday School and Bible Study is where we as can give comments and ask questions to have more knowledge of Scripture and how to apply it to our life. If we’re not attending these services on a regular basis, we will be weak in our faith, we learn Scripture but can’t apply it to our lifestyle. Prayer is essential for growing spiritually, and it’s not just when trouble and issues come. As a Christian, we should have daily prayer and Scripture reading accompanied with having fast days without the Pastor calling a fast. Prayer, reading the Word of God, fasting attending church is how we grow spiritually.
Many are attending church on a regular basis and are still spiritually blinded because they have not gained a personal relationship with God. Prayer, fasting, reading and studying the Word of God and submitting themselves to His Word is what brings about a relationship with Him. It makes them strong in their faith. When God removes the spiritual blindness, we see as He sees, we submit ourselves to Him and His Word, we talk to Him and He talks with us. We no longer do the things we did before accepting salvation; if we do, we haven’t accepted His Lordship. No way can we have an encounter with Jesus and stay the same. We become Christ-like, the Father’s DNA will reflect in our behavior and character, no longer will we be blind to the things of God. Jesus didn’t die for our sins, for us to continue in sin!