Text: “Let them alone; they be (Spiritually) blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch (the pit of Hell).”
“And He (Christ Jesus) spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?”
Good morning, Spiritually-sighted Christian! God the Holy Spirit has taken the scales from your eyes; quickened you to know your sin; revealed unto you your lost state and pointed you to the Saviour, Jesus Christ.
God the Father has granted you His free gift of saving faith; called you to trust in His Son, Jesus Christ, and drawn you with His everlasting cords of love to the Cross.
The Lord Jesus has suffered and died to bear away and to pay the full penalty for your sins and mine - and we have received Spiritual sight and Salvation in Him alone. Wow! We are no longer Spiritually blind and ‘…dead in sins and trespasses…’ we are Spiritually-sighted and alive forever. Hallelujah! What a Saviour we serve! Glory to the Lamb, Christ Jesus! (Acts 4:12)
“I the Lord have called Thee (Christ Jesus) in righteousness, and will hold Thine hand, and will keep Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles (you and I); to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit is darkness out of the prison house. I am the Lord (Jehovah); that is My Name; and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:6-8)
The Supernatural, truly miraculous, deeds that the Lord Jesus Christ did when He walked among men in human form, clearly revealed Him as the long-awaited Christ Who would come to seek and to save His chosen people.
Among the common people of the time, there was absolutely no doubt that Jesus was that very Christ that was promised of God. It was clear to see!
“And many of the people believed on Him, and said, When Christ cometh, will He do more miracles than these which this man hath done?” (V.31)
However, the religious leaders of the day - the Pharisees and the upper-class Jewish society - were Spiritually blind to His coming, and resented bitterly the affect Christ had on the people. Envy blinded their eyes.
There is none so blind as he/she who will NOT (Spiritually) see!
“The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning Him (Christ Jesus); and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent soldiers to take Him (I.e. arrest Him).” (V. 32)
This elite group of Jewish religious leaders had, for centuries, been in positions of National leadership. They allegedly spent most of their time in religious study of the Law and the Prophets, the Old Testament books that pointed and promised a coming Messiah. Yet, the leadership were Spiritually blind and ignorant of Christ’s Person when He eventually came!
What a shameful thing. Blind leaders always lead their people up a dark alley; devoid of the Light of Christ Jesus.
Now, make the relevant comparison with too many of the religious leadership, world-wide, today in this 21st Century. Are they any different from those of Christ’s day? Or are they still as Spiritually blind to the 2nd Coming of Christ?
What are the activities of many in positions of religious leadership today? Where is their main focus fastened? Is their live-styles akin to faithful John the Baptist - or are they consistently seeking to multiply wealth and self-gain?
John the Baptist did not drive an expensive car. John did not wear thousand dollar suits of clothing. John did not have a double chin, nor a heavy paunch from over-eating sumptuous food! John was not continually extorting sums of money on National TV shows. Are you and I? Sobering thought, what?
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
“Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:42)
History repeats itself when the lesson is not learned first time around. Let us pray that anyone in a position of Bible-believing, Spiritual, Christian leadership might awake from the stupor that seems to have come upon many, and exhort Christ’s people to prepare for the Lord’s soon appearing. Church, AWAKE! Time is running out!
Thought: “Behold I come quickly; and My reward is with Me…” Awake!