Tuesday Morning: 05 Feb 2019 – John 9:24-41 ~ Yes, Lord, I believe!

Tuesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 9:24-41 (NLT)

So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.”

“I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”

“But what did he do?” they asked. “How did he heal you?”

“Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?”

Then they cursed him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.”

“Why, that’s very strange!” the man replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from? We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.”

“You were born a total sinner!” they answered. “Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.

Spiritual Blindness

When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.”

“You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”

“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.

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.”

Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?”

“If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.”
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Morning Reflection:

Today’s reading continues the story of Jesus’ encounter and healing of the man born physically blind. Jesus used this encounter to illustrate the world’s need to be healed of its spiritual blindness.

The religious leaders grill the man on the who and how of his physical healing. While the man is focused on what happened – “I was blind, and now I can see!” It’s only later, when Jesus reveals himself to the man, that he gains his spiritual sight –

“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.
– John 9:38

It’s at this point in the story that the religious leaders attempt to assert their spiritual superiority over Jesus. But Jesus will have none of it, declaring that his purpose is to render judgement on their spiritual pride and arrogance.

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.”

– John 9:39

So what can we learn from today’s reading?

+ Jesus offers spiritual sight to all who will believe in him.

+ Jesus seeks out those who recognize their spiritual blindness.

+ Jesus utilizes his divine power to open the eyes of the spiritually blind.

+ Jesus renders the judgement of God on all who refuse to believe in him.

Questions for consideration:

  • How would you describe yourself – a new believer, a growing believer, a mature believer, or something else? Please explain.
  • As the Gospel of John progresses, Jesus is gradually revealing himself to his disciples and, in turn, to us. What are you learning about Jesus that is changing the way “see” him? Please explain.
  • How has what you are learning about Jesus changed your thinking, the way you live, and/or your worship? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ: Thank you for convicting me of my spiritual blindness. And thank you for rescuing me from my pride and arrogance in refusing to acknowledge you as my Savior and Lord. I was blind but now I see, but still only partially. Continue to reveal yourself to me through your Word and Spirit, that every day might become a time for rejoicing at the wonders you have shown me – all to the glory of your name. Amen.
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“Was Blind, but now I see” – Il Divo

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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