I Was Blind?

 When I was serving a church in Portland I had the opportunity to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico to see one of the medical clinics run by Northwest Medical Teams.  They did important work there doing cataract surgery and working with blind people.  People would travel or be carried to the clinic on foot from all over Oaxaca.  Because of their working conditions and exposure to the sun there are many more occurrences of cataracts and blindness.  I could not even compare the life I had known with the life I discovered there.

You had to be able to see to work and when your eyes began to fail what would you do?  At one time in Oaxaca the answer would have been nothing.  Nothing could be done, it would have been the end of chapter in that person’s life.  Their vision would gradually get worse until they could do nothing at all using their eyes.  But the clinic changed that kind of story.  Soon word got out that there was a place that could stop or even reverse the loss of sight.

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The blind man in John 9 was born blind.  It seemed like the story of his life had already been written, blindness for life.  And yet his blindness was not the worse case scenario.  Jesus saw spiritual blindness as the most deadly disease one could have.  Blindness of the heart lasts into eternity.  Jesus draws attention to those leaders who reject him by calling it a lie to say “we see” when in fact they reject the possibility that the man before him, who has just healed a man born blind, could be God who has come into this world. 

Once the world was in darkness and now it has seen a great light (cf. John 1:9-13), once the world did not know what God would do to heal humanity and His creation from the effects of our rejection of God but now the world has been visited by God in Jesus Christ.  Now there is another chapter to the dead end blindness of our story, a renewed hope in Jesus Christ. 

Faith in Christ changes us, God’s word tells how: 

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.  Ephesians 5:8-10

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