What we see and allow our minds to be influenced by, has a huge effect on the way we live. It also determines to a large degree what we spend our time on, use our resources to purchase, and the kind of friends we associate with.
The man in John 9 who was born blind had no history up to that point on seeing the world around him, and probably had few friends. Everything he knew came through verbal communication from others. Even the disciples focused on the wrong issue with this man;“who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (9:2).
Jesus takes the conversation in a totally different direction; Himself as “the light of the world” (9:5). Without light, none of us would be able to see the physical world. While Jesus gave this blind man eyesight, He also gave light in the man’s soul so he could see Jesus in a way that even the learned Pharisees could not see. The answer to sin is always light in Christ.
In the previous chapter, “Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”” (8:12). Let’s turn this sentence around and say that if we are not following Jesus, we are walking in darkness. In addition, the light of Jesus also provides life that is eternal. The blind man in Chapter 9 received both natural light so he could see the world around him, but he also received the light of Jesus in his soul which gave him spiritual life that even the Pharisees did not have.
Is your life filled with light? Whether natural or spiritual, without light from God through His Son Jesus Christ, your life is dark and wandering without aim and purpose.
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