Father, open our eyes to see You clearly in the Word, in our lives, and in the world. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Read John 9-10
John 9 Jesus told His disciples He is the light of the world, yet another “I AM” claim. Then He demonstrates His power by healing a blind beggar. The healed man became a witness to Jesus’ divine power. Though the religious leaders claimed Jesus couldn’t be from God because He broke their Sabbath laws, the healed man immediately trusted that Jesus had come from God because He supernaturally changed his life. Jesus distinguished between those who accept God and see clearly from those who reject Him and remain blind to His kingdom.
Notice that the Pharisees rejected the blind man, assuming his blindness was the result of being unclean or some kind of personal sin. But God loves to reconcile with anyone willing to believe. By contrast, Jesus rejects those who claim they can see God but ignore His peace offering in Jesus.
John 10:1–21 According to Jesus, while others have tried to lead people along alternate paths, He alone offers a legitimate way into God’s family. God’s people recognize His voice and see His commitment to them in Jesus. Since death had the power to harm God’s people, Jesus willingly put Himself in death’s hands to end its hold on them.
Notice how Jesus reveals God by defining and explaining who the “I AM” is (v. 7, 9, 11, 14). With Jesus, a relationship with the God who always has been is now possible.
John 10:22–42 Rather than choosing to defend Himself with explanation, Jesus continually pointed to His deeds as proof He was the Messiah. God’s people believe Jesus’ claims and are therefore held safe from death by God’s supreme power. Jesus angered the religious leaders by claiming to be God in the flesh, a claim they considered to be blasphemy. It’s clear they recognize the implicit claim behind Jesus’ “I AM” language; it’s also clear they cannot accept it. But Jesus told them His life and works prove His words are true.
38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.
- Jesus rejects people who can see God but fail to follow His ways and receive His message. He comes to heal the sick, raise the dead, and give sight to the blind. In God’s kingdom, it’s better to acknowledge your hopelessness and accept the gift of Jesus than to pretend you can figure out everything on your own. For more on this topic, read this short article: How Good Are Your Eyes?
- Jesus likes to use people’s weaknesses or difficulties as opportunities to display God’s power. He even used a healed beggar to teach the religious leaders! How could you reframe your view of difficulty and status in light of this section of John’s Gospel?
- Do you take seriously your responsibility to be an active witness of Jesus’ power in your life? In John, many people directly experience Jesus’ power in their lives. Like them, believers should often and energetically speak about the ways God has changed and healed them. Commit to keep better track of the ways you hear and see God’s work. Note especially answers to prayers. Then develop stories of key moments in your life that you can use at any time to tell others about God’s wonderful work on your behalf.