Text: “He (the man healed of blindness) answered and said, Whether He (Christ Jesus) be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I KNOW, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”
Good morning, Spiritually seeing Christian! Once you and I were Spiritually blind, now because of God’s free grace, and the Cross of Christ Jesus, we have Spiritual sight. Even our physically blind brothers and sisters in Christ, have now been blessed with Spiritual eyes to clearly see and understand the deep things of the Living Lord God. Bless the Lord, O my soul!
“(For we walk by faith (Spiritual vision), not by sight (physical sight).” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
The blind man healed in John chapter nine had lived his entire life in physical darkness, as many of our beloved brethren in Christ do today.
However, on top of a lifetime of visual deprivation that this dear man had suffered - once Christ had delivered him from his terrible infirmity - he then began to experience the most horrific oppositions he had ever encountered! These same oppositions are to be expected by all who will truly believe; receive Spiritual sight; and be saved by the Cross of Christ Jesus.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12) That’s a promise, my friend.
Oppositions from Neighbours: When a precious soul gets truly saved by receiving faith from God to believe in Christ and to trust in His Calvary Sacrifice for our sins, even those who have been close neighbours can get upset by the event. They begin to ask some really incredible questions of the new born again person, yet this gives the new Christian an opportunity to bear witness of the power of Christ to save. What a privilege! (John 9:8-12)
Oppositions from Pharisees: The world in which we live today - in the 21st Century - is filled with latter-day Pharisees: those who seem to be very ‘good-living‘, yet have no time at all for the things of Christ. Self-righteousness seems to be the hindrance of such persons. Self-righteousness and a lack willingness to forgive others, can also be a real opposition within any true Christian. It is so unlike Christ! (John 9:13-16) (Romans 3:10-18)
Oppositions from the ‘Religious: The Jews of Christ’s day were the most religious Nation one could find. They had actually added some 630 odd laws of their own making unto the Ten Commandments, and sought to religiously adhere to them as a mark of their assumed piety. How pathetic!
“For by grace and ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
The man born blind received much opposition from those religious Jews for, Spiritually speaking, they had been born without any Spiritual vision at all! (John 9:17-19) (Matthew 23:13-37)
Oppositions from Parents: When Jesus made the man blind from birth to miraculously see, even his own parents did not know how to handle this amazing event of Divine intervention. They knew that this seeing man was their once blind son, but of course, did not understand ‘…by what means he now seeth…’ (V. 21).
Similarly, many otherwise loving parents today are totally mystified when a son, or a daughter, gets miraculously saved by the power of God in Christ Jesus.
“And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” (Matthew 10:36)
Furthermore, some parents are so frightened of what the world around them might say, they immediately seek to dissuade their offspring from openly professing Christ as their Saviour! (V. 21-22) What tragic family oppositions!
Empowerment from the Lord: However, here is the good news, beloved new born Christian! The man healed from his lifetime of blindness was empowered by God the Holy Ghost to immediately give irrefutable Christian testimony concerning all the oppositions he suddenly faced. The logic and wisdom that God granted this dear man could not be gainsaid by any. Listen again to the clarity and precision of his testimony:
“He answered (all his opponents) and said, Whether He (Christ Jesus) be a sinner or no, I know not; (BUT) one thing I KNOW…once I was blind, now I see.” V. 25)
Wow! There was going to be absolutely no refuting this clear fact of his deliverance! The evidence was there before every one to see! Hallelujah! What a Saviour we serve! Begone all oppositions!
Thought: The Lord God grants irrefutable Christian testimony to His redeemed souls. All glory to His Holy and gracious Name!
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