The Blind Shall See.
By: Bradley Opitz
I have a confession to make. I have not seen an eye doctor in over 11 years. Just recently I had an appointment with one, and it turns out that I don’t see very well. The appointment took a little over an hour. There were several tests that the doctor put me through. As I sat in the chair, the doctor put the machine up to my face and asked me a series of questions, “Is number one better or number two?” As the letters on the wall went from fuzzy to clear and back to fuzzy, I would answer, “Number One… Number Two… Number Two… Number One… Number Two… Now they are both the same.” I was a little bit surprised at the end of my appointment at how off my vision was. The doctor showed me what my vision was like without glasses and what it is like with glasses. The difference was blurry verses seeing like a hawk.
My whole life I have never noticed that I needed glasses. I realized that sometimes things in the distance were a little blurry. But I was ok with my vision because I did not know any different. The doctor gave me a prescription for glasses. When I got my prescription filled I noticed something unexpected about having sight. I had to get use to it. I was seeing things in a different way, in a way that I have never seen before. Things were clearer but it made me a little dizzy and it was a bit harder to walk. After a few days of wearing the glasses I am now use to them, in fact, I don’t really want to take them off. It’s amazing how just one simple action of going to the doctor can correct my vision.
Our spiritual life is not much different. Going to Church and having a relationship with Jesus is just like going to the eye doctor. Growing up, my life was absent of Jesus being at the center of it. Like my eyes before I went to the eye doctor, I did not notice that my life was out of focus. I would get caught up in the day to day with sports, school, friends and occasionally my family. I was not raised in a particularly religious environment. More than anything my dad preached the gospel of success, “Be a doctor, a lawyer or start your own business. “ The focus of my life was anywhere but on Christ. When I was a junior and senior in high school my soul got glasses. Looking back at that time in my life, I am reminded of the time Jesus healed a blind man in the Gospel of Mark.
“When they arrived at Bethsaida, they brought to him blind man and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on him and asked, ‘Do you see anything?’ Looking up he replied, ‘I see people looking like trees and walking.’ Then he laid hands on his eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly” (Mark 8:22-25).
This verse has always stood out to me for many reasons. Jesus, throughout his public ministry preformed many miracles. Jesus did not heal the blind man just so that he might have sight. He healed him so that the disciples and the blind man might see who he truly is. Shortly after healing the blind man Jesus asked the disciples “Who do people say that I am?” The disciples replied, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” Jesus asked them one more time, “But who do you say that I am?” Jesus did not just heal the blind man to show him that he makes all things new. He healed the blind man to reveal his glory to him and his disciples. He is proving that whether you know him and have traveled with him through many of life’s trials or if you have never met him before, he is going to give you sight or renew your sight. Like the blind man, Peter can now see clearly. “Peter says to him in reply, ‘You are the Messiah.’” Jesus could have healed the blind man the first time, but he wanted to make a point. That point is, Christ is who he says he is, the Messiah, the Savior and Redeemer. Christ is revealing himself to us just as he did to disciples.
Just like the blind man and Peter, Jesus wants us to receive the gift of sight. He wants us to see better than 20/20 vision. All we have to do is become like the blind man in Scripture. We ask and beg for him to touch our eyes. Like the blind man, we will be given sight to see Jesus daily and the Kingdom to come will not look so blurry off in the distance. Once we have been given sight we will have to get use to it. Things will look different as we constantly hand over every aspect of our life to Jesus and daily choose him over things that distort our vision. Only when we do this we too will be able to proclaim that Jesus is the Messiah.
May God be in our hearts and on our lips!