“Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”John 9:41.
A few years ago I ask a brilliant Bible teacher how one acquired wisdom. He smiled and said, “I guess you just plead ignorance.” I have always tried to remember that when going to prayer or Bible study. The key to up is starting at the bottom.
The Pharisees ask Jesus if they too were blind. There is a note of sarcasm in their question. They were blind guides and false shepherds and they had falsely accused the blind man who was given sight, and the One who gave it. Jesus rebukes them by telling them that they would have no sin, if they were blind. They were self-righteous, and judicially wicked.
You see, blindness has its advantages. The blind are not overly concerned with appearance. They must exercise the faith of a little child. Someone must assist them in most of life’s decisions. If their clothes are soiled, someone must tell them. Blindness removes pride and self sufficiency. The blind must admit their blindness and need of someone with sight to guide them.
The Pharisees professed to have sight, or knowledge of the right way, but refused to walk in it. If they were blind to their self righteousness, their status, their titles, their learning and the sins of others, they could have received their sight, and the Truth.
Jesus is the Light of the world! That means He is the answer to all questions about the way, the truth and life. Knowledge of Him removes the ignorance about self, sin, and life.
The key, then, is to admit your need for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. James says, “ If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5. Think of the blessing that could be ours, if we were blind!
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.
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