Healing and Judgment

7 08 2006

Scripture:
John 9:39 (NIV)  Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."

Observations:
What a great story!  First, Jesus heals a man born blind.  A man who has spent his entire life begging for food, money, and respect.  Then, the Jewish leaders interrogate him.  They aren’t rejoicing with him in his new-found sight.  No, they are trying to trip him up, make him look foolish, and discredit Jesus.  But this man is not playing along.  In fact he infuriates them when he asks if they "want to be disciples of Jesus too?"  And when he explains the logic of God’s healing — they shut him right down!  "How dare you lecture us!" they shout.

Finally, Jesus reappears in this man’s life and he sees Jesus for the first time.  He worships Jesus.  And then Jesus makes the remarkable statement that he has come into the world for judgment — "so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."

I thought Jesus came to bring hope, and healing, and peace, and love?  I thought He came to set the captives free, to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry?  This doesn’t sound like the mission/vision that I signed up for?  What is up with this?

How does judgment bring hope?  How does judgment bring healing — or set me free?  How does judgment feed me?  How does this healing of the blind man demonstrate judgment?

<sigh>

It is very obvious that when Jesus healed this man, it separated the believers from the non-believers.  The leaders clearly demonstrated that they wanted nothing to do with Jesus.  This man’s parents demonstrated that they only wanted to be associated with those who wouldn’t bring trouble to their lives.  They didn’t want anything to do with Jesus if it would get them excommunicated, and they didn’t want to deny Jesus if He is the "One."  And the man who was healed didn’t care what anyone thought – He experienced freedom and he was ready to acknowledge that freedom — no matter what the cost!

Application:
There is no room for fence sitters.  We either decide for Jesus, or not.  Deciding for Him causes us to worship.  Deciding against Him makes us mean and vindictive.  Not deciding makes us weak and lonely.

Prayer:
Father God, solidify that decision in my own life.   Let me see the power of Your life in me.  Strengthen my resolve and enable me to be more like You.

gw

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