A Blind Faith with 20/20 Vision
Terry J. Hallock
John 9:1-7, 35-41; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, 5:7
May 26, 2002
If you have ever observed a blind person working with their guide dog you have observed the truth about blind faith that 2nd Corinthians 5:7 is trying to teach. You have seen what it means to live by faith and not by sight. The blind person must totally trust in the ability of their canine companion. They cannot see the dangers that lie in front of them so they must trust that their helper can. They do not know when to make turns in their travel in order to arrive at the right destination so they must surrender to the training of their guide. They could easily sit down and give in to their disability with the rationalization that because they are blind it is too dangerous to try to live life to its fullest. But rather than give in to fear the one without sight puts complete trust in the competence of their guide dog and reaches out for life.
There is a second truth to be learned from the life of a person afflicted with physical blindness. Because they cannot see all the possibilities for danger that may surround them their spirits are freed to imagine all the possibilities for success that live within them. Sometimes not being able to see what could go wrong makes it possible to contemplate what can go right. Sometimes not being able to see a barrier that could stop us makes it possible to envision an unstoppable journey. Sometimes not being able to see the lies about our limitations makes it possible to see the truth about possibilities. A blind faith produces 20/20 spiritual vision.
That is the kind of man Jesus encountered one day at the Temple in Jerusalem, a man with blind faith. This man had been physically blind from birth. When the Disciples saw him they looked at him with eyes that could only see the problem but were blind to the possibilities. They asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” But Jesus encountered this man with 20/20 heavenly vision that saw beyond his disability and deep into his possibility. Jesus said, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” Having said this Jesus spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, put it on the man’s eyes, and then commanded him to go to a nearby pool in the Temple called the Pool of Siloam and wash. From later passages in this story it is clear that this man had never met or heard of Jesus. All he encountered in that moment were hands he had never felt before putting mud on his blind eyes and a voice he had never heard before telling him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. It would have been easy to stay in his blindness, deny Jesus’ touch and words, and refuse to do as He asked. Yet the Bible tells us, “So the man went and washed, AND CAME HOME SEEING.” Because His heart believed that Jesus’ hands and voice were those of one who could be trusted he p ...
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