“Jesus said, ‘I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.’”
Tag, You’re It!
If there’s one thing that kids love to do, it’s play hide-and-go-seek. Now, remember: the point of the game is the “it” person is only unable to see for as long as it takes everyone to run and hide. The game would absolutely go on for way too long if he or she weren’t granted their sight back as soon as the quick countdown ends.
In a way, this children’s game connects back to the spiritual blindness we endure before coming to see Christ’s love for ourselves. Fortunately for us, He made a way so that we wouldn’t have to walk in darkness for our entire lives. In His sovereign goodness, He grants sight to the blind and blindness to the seeing.
To Watch in Wonder
In John 9, Jesus miraculously heals the man born blind. Everyone watches in wonder to see what will happen in this next episode between the alleged Messiah and the Pharisees who still refuse to believe. When the formerly blind man then declares his faith to be in Jesus, Christ then declares something that doesn’t seem to make any earthly sense to the rest of us.
He proclaims that He “came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.”
What is Your Greatest Need?
Jesus often clashed with the religious elite throughout His earthly ministry. In Mark 2:17, He sums up His reason for enduring their enmity and proclaiming the Father’s love so simply: “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
And the problem with the Pharisees was that they didn’t believe themselves to be sick. Or sinful. Or needy. Yet it’s those who truly understand their need for a Savior who are able to receive wellness, sight, and restoration in the midst of their greatest need. And this is the good news of the gospel. When we know that we’re blind, He offers us sight; this is what He meant when He claimed to give sight to the blind and blindness to the seeing.
The Best Things in Life are Seen
So, dear friend. Consider where you are right now. Do you feel need in your life? Do you recognize the things in your life—and in our world—that are in need of the redemption and restoration that only our God could provide? Acknowledge your need for new life, new sight, and the promises of God that He is all too happy to extend to you by grace, through faith.
Like the “it” person in hide-and-go-seek, you may be without your sight for the time being…but you don’t have to stay that way. The fun of the game only starts once your sight returns; the best parts of this life are in knowing the Savior who grants us sight, that we would have eyes to see Him for who He truly is.
Reflect on what it means to have sight. Do you know what it means to truly see Jesus as the Savior? If so, thank Him for the gift of sight and for the saving knowledge of the Father’s love for you. If not, consider who you can speak to about the gift of salvation; it’s yours for the taking.