13th July 2018

How Were Your Eyes Opened? 

“His neighbours and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, ‘Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?’ Some claimed that he was. Others said, ‘No, he only looks like him.’ ‘How then were your eyes opened?’ they asked. He replied, ‘The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.’ ‘Where is this man?’ they asked him. ‘I don’t know,’ he said.
John 9:8-12 (NIV UK)

This week in UK politics has been a time of both unexpected and expected changes. When someone changes suddenly, others often wish to know why. What caused the change?

In the story of the blind man in John 9, those who had met or seen him wanted to know what had happened. He had been blind from birth, and now, all of a sudden, he could see for the first time. Some thought that the healed man could not possibly be the person they used to see begging in the streets. What was the cause of this remarkable change? “How then were your eyes opened?”, they asked him.

There is a spiritual parallel here for us. We had been blind to who God is until Jesus came along. It is Jesus who healed us and made us able to see again. It’s like the line from Amazing Grace: “I was blind but now can see”.

Christians sometimes think that, through searching for God, they guided themselves into spiritual and/or biblical truth. Perhaps we studied diligently and then found God. The reality is that Jesus found us, and that it is he who has opened our eyes.

Perhaps others ask you, a Christian, what is it that makes you so different?  An answer might be to talk about ourselves. A better answer is to talk about what Jesus does. “‘How then were your eyes opened?’ they asked. He replied, ‘The man they call Jesus…”

Father, thank you that your Son, Jesus, found me and restored my spiritual sight so that I can now see you as revealed through him. In Jesus
’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.


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