Saturday 19th October, 2019
Theme: Self – Deception
Passage: John 9: 35 – 41
35 When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 The man answered, “Tell me who he is, sir, so that I can believe in him!”
37 Jesus said to him, “You have already seen him, and he is the one who is talking with you now.”
38 “I believe, Lord!” the man said, and knelt down before Jesus.
39 Jesus said, “I came to this world to judge, so that the blind should see and those who see should become blind.”
40 Some Pharisees who were there with him heard him say this and asked him, “Surely you don’t mean that we are blind, too?”
41 Jesus answered, “If you were blind, then you would not be guilty; but since you claim that you can see, this means that you are still guilty.”
The miraculous healing on the Sabbath by Jesus Christ, of a man that was born blind attracted four different reactions. The neighbours revealed surprise and skepticism; the Pharisees showed disbelief and prejudice; the parents believed but kept quiet for fear of excommunication; and the healed man showed consistent growing faith. While the blind man had received both physical and Spiritual sight, the Pharisees, out of self-deception thought they possessed Spiritual sight by virtue of their natural sight. But their reaction to the healed man and Jesus showed they were really blind and lacked understanding of Spiritual matters.
The question, “Are we also blind?” underlined their incredulity. Jesus’ reply, “If you were blind,” can be understood in two ways. It could mean, ‘if you were really conscious of your blindness’ i.e in a Spiritual sense, for if they were, they would desire illumination which they clearly did not.
Are you like the Pharisees who thought they know and understand God’s laws, yet their ways of life contradicted God’s character? Are you among those born into a Christian family, attends church activities regularly, but have not been born again? It is also possible to hold an important position in the church and yet your way of life may not be Christ-like. Stop deceiving yourself because the Lord knows those that are His.
“But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity” (2Tim.2:19). Today is not a day of judgment but a call to repentance and the receiving of grace through Christ to live a holy life.
MEMORY VERSE: John 9: 41. “Jesus said to them. If you were blind, you would have no sin: but now you say, we see: therefore your sin remains.”
HYMN: MHB 373 – LORD, I was blind! I could not see
PRAYER: Eternal Father, deliver me from self-deception and help me to be honest and sincere in every area of my life in Jesus’ name.
READ: Day -John 6:1-40; Night -Micah 5-6