v 39 Then Jesus told him “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”
The Jewish leaders thought they had the Messiah all sorted! They had a clear picture in their intellectual vision of what he would be like. After all, they had read their bibles, they had attended the Temple sacrifices, they had been taught by the very best of Jewish intellectuals, and they were on the lookout for this Messiah who would trash the Romans and establish a true Jewish state. They knew what to look for … a Warrior-King … and their picture came from a national aspiration to be free at last.
Sadly, they had the wrong kind of glasses on!
But it wasn’t merely that their picture was blurred, they were blind.
It was the Disciples who eventually, but slowly, got the picture right. It didn’t happen in a flash, and every now again we find them confused, or wrongly focussed. Jesus worked with them for three years until the picture finally became plain. And then the Holy Spirit brought it into sharp focus and their work began as they set out to tell the whole world about the glory of Jesus. In 2 Corinthians 4:6 Paul puts it this way ‘For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.‘
Spend some time today reflecting on what you know about Jesus, and why He is such a glorious Person. Allow God to remove any blindness and fill your vision with a sharp picture of your Saviour.