Spiritual Blindness

35Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  36″Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”  37Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”  38Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.  39Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”  40Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”  41Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

Lord, I believe. These may be three of the most important words in our language, or indeed, in any language. Why are we so quick to disbelieve, and so hesitant to believe? There seems to be a wall of reason, or perhaps doubt, that separates us from belief and non-belief. Would that Joshua could blow his trumpet and the walls that separate us from the gospel of Jesus Christ would be brought down.

When Jesus asked the formerly blind man if he believed in the Son of Man, and the man answered, “Who is he?,” this was an honest question. Once Jesus responded that He is the Son of man, the one who had recently been healed of blindness answered, “Lord, I believe.” May each of us receive the healing that is necessary to open our eyes to the truth that we, too, may answer, “Lord, I believe.”

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