Seeing or Not Seeing
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which
see not might see; and they that which see might be made blind. And
some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said
unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye
should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
Read Hebrews 12:1,2
In our text the Lord Jesus was no longer just speaking to the healed blind
man. Apparently a group of people again surrounded Him. We should not
be surprised, considering the great miracle which He had performed. There
were also some Pharisees who had joined themselves to the crowd. They
heard when the Lord Jesus said; For judgment I am come into this world.
Those words must have turned their attention to focus upon the Lord. But
what do those words actually mean? They indicate that there will be a division.
Those who heard these words of Christ would come to one or another
conclusion, and that would bring about division. To better understand this
we should look at John 3:18 where we read: He that believeth on him (that is
the Son) is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already.
One’s relationship to the Lord Jesus will bring division.
We saw that this also took place in the life of the man born blind. He experienced
a radical change in his life. Those who do not experience such a
change will perish, yet among those who have been made to see their blindness
the Lord will give true insight and wisdom; they will receive spiritual
sight. But there are those who are spiritually blind yet think they can see. If
they continue in their own ways, they will remain blind. How terrible that
would be! They will miss the joy given to those who have been made to see.
The Pharisees belonged to those who did not have true sight, though they
believed they could really see. Since they continued to harden themselves
against the Word of the Lord they would remain in their sin.
Thought: One may think that he sees and yet remain blind.
Psalter 91: 4,5 (based on Psalm 34)
By evil are the evil slain, The hope of sinful men is vain;
The wicked, who the righteous hate, Their condemnation shall be great.
The Lord redemption will provide, For all who in His grace confide;
From condemnation they are clear, Who trust in Him with holy fear.