Jesus Opened My Eyes to the Truth
John 9:1–7, 32–33, 35–38
To my surprise, the exam questions before me during my third year of college were mostly true or false. Depending on whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, true or false tests give you a 50% chance to be right or wrong. I felt good about my chances on some of the questions until I read the instructions which said, “If the statement is true, please indicate so by writing true. If the statement is false, please rewrite it to make it true.”
No matter my chosen response, the instructor was seeking to know if I knew the truth rather than simply guessing an answer.
There has never been a time in our history when truth has been more under attack or as scrutinized as it is presently. Also now more than ever, we as believers need to share and show the only lasting truth is found in Jesus.
Jesus brought glory to God by what He did for me. (1–7)
I recall seeing a cartoon of a small boy with scraped knees, a dirty face, hair out of place and a bloody nose. The caption read, “I know I am somebody because God don’t make no junk!” While the grammar leaves a lot to be desired, the message is true. Have you ever considered the thing you most want to change in your life is allowed by God to display His glory and point others to Him?
Paul had his thorn in the flesh, and the man in these verses was blind for a reason. His blindness would lead to a greater story of his salvation and worship of Christ. God can take what you see as the “junk” of your life and redeem it for good.
I could see that God was at work through Jesus. (32–33)
One of the greatest blessings of a long relationship with Jesus is being able to see behind you. With the passing of time, experience and wisdom, we are able to reflect on the times when God was with us providentially and provisionally.
If you are a Christian, take encouragement in the fact that Christ is working in your life for His good. In the routine of life, don’t miss the assurance of His daily presence in each situation you may face.
Jesus opened my eyes to see the truth about Him. (35–38)
When we read of the miracles performed by Christ in Scripture, our minds can go in many directions — thoughts such as the daily need for miracles in our time, the prayers we pray and even the hurt in our world. If you will, take a step back when pondering the miracles and seek a panoramic view. A miracle always serves a greater purpose than just a physical healing. In this case, the man’s eternal salvation was the greatest miracle of all because it was his (and our) greatest need.
Anyone who has impaired vision will tell you the sight our eyes provide is a blessing. Greater still is when Jesus delivers us from spiritual blindness to the revealing and eye-opening reality of Christ as Truth. When faced with a true or false exam in life, you can know His truth is the only option for a blessed and fulfilling life.
By Bobby McKay
Pastor of New Liberty Baptist Church in Morton, Mississippi