29th April 2018

Seeing in Colour 

“His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, ‘The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God have been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.”’”
Luke 8:9-10 (NIV UK)

When Bill Reed’s family celebrated his 66th birthday, they gave him something very special: a new pair of eyes. You see, Bill was colour-blind. To him, the world around him existed in shades of grey and muddy brown. But thanks to a company called EnChroma, that was about to change. EnChroma manufactures glasses which utilise a special technology that filters out small slices of the light spectrum in their lenses, effectively correcting colour-blindness. And while that might sound too good to be true, Bill’s reaction is all the proof you need that it works. A large, gruff man who was once a competitive bodybuilder, he fell silent the instant he began to see what he’d been missing, and slowly started to cry tears of joy as he looked at the colours of the trees, flowers, and sky around him for the first time. As he marvelled, his daughter said something that summed up the whole scene quite well: “Papa, now you can see with our eyes.”

It’s a touching story. But as remarkable as it is, it’s nothing compared with the gift of ‘new eyes’ that we’re offered in Christ. Jesus began his earthly ministry by quoting from the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18).

While Jesus did restore sight to the blind during his earthly ministry, there’s another meaning at work here as well. Christ came to enable us to ‘see’ God clearly and truly in him so that we might come to love his ways, and long to see his rule and reign come in fulness over all the earth. And as we come to know and put our faith in God and his coming Kingdom, we are given new sight, spiritual sight to see the world through the eyes of Christ.

When we do, it reveals beauty where we never would have noticed it before. We also come to see the desperate need of all to receive forgiveness and hope and put our lives in his hands and come under his new management. We’ll see the need to live by the hope that the merciful judge of the Universe will bring about his righteousness and so in the end make all things right. 

Prayer
Holy Father, we thank you so much that you have enabled us to ‘see’ this world through spiritual eyes, to understand where our world needs your love, and how you will effect change. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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