Eyes to see

The Man called Jesus made mud and smeared it on my eyes and said to me, go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and I obtained my sight! – John 9:11

Since the day I got saved up until today, my heart still sings, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost but now I’m found; was blind but now I see.” Jesus came to heal physical blind eyes and spiritual blind eyes on this earth. Jesus healed me of my spiritual blindness and He still continues to open my eyes to see more of who He is. Jesus wants to open your eyes too, whether it is physically or spiritual or both. Luke 4 verse 17 and 18 says, “And there was handed to Him [the roll of] the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened (unrolled) the book and found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind…”

I want to share a beautiful prophetic picture with you about what Jesus came to do for us. I encourage you to go and read the whole chapter in John chapter 9. Here is the essence of the story in that wonderful chapter. In John 9 we see that Jesus took mud, smeared it on the blind man’s eyes and sent him off to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. The man came back seeing! People recognized him as the man who used to sit and beg and when they heard that he said Jesus opened his eyes, they sent him to the Pharisees. When the Pharisees heard from the man that Jesus opened his eyes, they said to him that Jesus is a sinner and that He was not sent from God, because He performed a miracle on the Sabbath day. The Pharisees also argued that this man that was healed from blindness, were not blind before. They even went so far as to call the parents of the blind man to find out if the man was really blind before. The parents were afraid of the Jews and of the fact that they could be banned from the synagogue, so they told the Pharisees to ask their son and not them. The Pharisees did not give up and went back to the man that was blind. At this point, the man who was blind was getting a little irritated with the Pharisees and said to them that he already told them how he obtained his sight, and that Jesus would not have been able to do this if he did not come from God. The Pharisees got really upset and said, “You are the one in sin and now you want to teach us,” and they expelled him from the synagogue. Jesus met him outside the synagogue, and he believed that Jesus was the Son of God. Wow glory!

A man who was physically blind received healing for his eyes and in the same moment were also healed from spiritual blindness. The Pharisees, blinded by the law, claimed to see and it caused them to not turn to Jesus so that He could heal them of their spiritual blindness. Today you also find that there is something that blinds the eyes of people, even of Christians. Whenever the law is preached, a veil covers the minds and the hearts of people and they fail to see Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:15). When those same people meet Jesus, He opens their eyes, but they often get persecuted by modern day Pharisees. The moment they get out of those religious systems of the law, like the blind man in John 9, Jesus will continue to meet them there, “outside the synagogue of religion.” There are churches that cause spiritual blindness, because of the preaching of the law, but then there are also wonderful churches and gathering places, where you will see more and more of who Jesus is. Like with Jesus, the Spirit of the Lord is upon them to open spiritual eyes. Pray this prayer, “O Lord open my eyes that I may see!”

Paul prays for the church in Ephesus that the eyes of their understanding might be enlightened (Ephesians 1:18). I am praying that same prayer for you today.