Thursday, October 15, 2015

Word f by Christian for the day by Christian Education Forum

Was Blind, But Now I See!  
John 9:1-7

Mathew Samuel
    St. Paul’s MTC, Texas


5  "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
 
One of the most popular and beloved hymn was written by a former slave trader and ship captain who later gave his life to Christ. John Newton penned the words to the well-known hymn, 'Amazing Grace':  “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I was once lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see.”
 In this passage we see a man whom the disciples assumed was born blind due to sin on his part or his parents. Yet, Christ tells them that the result of his illness was, so God would be glorified, revealing Jesus as God.
 
In the Gospel according to John, Jesus repeatedly proves to be God through His actions and words. There are five absolute “I Am” statements and seven metaphorical ones. In Exodus 3:14, God tells Moses that His name is “I am Who I am.” Powerful words reiterated by Jesus all through the Gospel of John. For this blind man, due to Christ’s power, he is not only healed, he gets saved. Christ says that while He is in the world, He (“I Am”) is the light of the world. Through the continued conversation and by the end of the chapter Jesus says to him, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking to you.” Not only did this man physically see Jesus, but through his spiritual eyes, he saw God his Savior.

Earlier in John 8:38, Jesus says to the people, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am!” A bold proclamation that sets Jesus before Abraham, so definitely before Moses. To any who may doubt His deity, come see Him as He is, God.

Although Newton was a slave trader, Christ redeemed him, and he became an abolitionist fighting for the end of slavery. In his waning years, as he lost his sight, he penned the words, “…was blind, but now I see.” When we truly see Christ as God and Savior, then we will be ready to tirelessly work for His glory.

PRAYER

Jesus, you were not just a man or a prophet. You are God. Help us to walk by faith and not by sight, truly seeing you as our Savior. Amen.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
 
Grace reveals Jesus as God to us. Let Him open our eyes.