The Gospel of John | Day Seven
By: Brittany Green | BLIND
"Agape. This word has been been placed on my heart time and time again in my relationship with God, but it never truly melted in my heart and mind. Growing up in the church, I was constantly told that God has a deep love for me, but I never truly understood what this meant. It was a statement I acknowledged and quickly moved past.
At the end of my freshman year I began dating this boy and I quickly began to crave his love more than I craved the Lord's. As time past, I grew away from my relationship with God and I placed my value in this boy. I had so many blind spots in this relationship that I couldn’t see how toxic it was. When God broke the relationship off, I felt unworthy of love. I felt dirty and not good enough to even exist. I remember every night laying in bed crying my eyes out and praying that I wouldn’t wake up the next morning.
In a bible study I was in, we began to study the book of Hosea. The book of Hosea is basically an epic love story about redemption. One verse that took my breath away was Hosea 2:19: "I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.” While reading this verse, I realized that this is what Agape is. The love I was seeking in earthly things has already been given to me through God. God has such a deep love for me that I can not even fathom and he desires a relationship in spite of my wretched self! Even though I was abused and in a very hard time, God has turned the dust into a beautiful thing.
Now as an upcoming college freshman I have a deeper understanding of God’s love and because of this I strive to show this kind of love to everyone I come across."
We glazed over chapters 7 & 8 yesterday. They’re significant, but in this study we’re focusing on Jesus proving that He is the Messiah and how He brings life--specifically at this point through His miracles. So, we’ve got to keep trekking.
Start this morning reading chapter 9 of John.
Write down all of the description words that describe how Jesus healed this blind man:
That’s pretty sick and incredible. Jesus spit in the dirt to make mud, and then rubbed it on the man’s eyes. Crazy.
This healing once again caused the Pharisees to get their robes in a tizzy. Jesus healed this man on the Sabbath. Again. Jesus is breaking down all sorts of boundaries that were set up by the Jewish religion.
Check out how the blind man responds to the Pharisees’ questioning in verse 25: I was blind and now I see.
Isn’t this the story of us all? Once Jesus comes on the scene it all becomes pretty clear.
I have horrible vision. I am pretty blind without my glasses or contacts. It drives me nuts, but also makes me so thankful I live in a place where eye doctors are available to me. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be blind. If you have glasses or contacts, you know what it’s like to see blurry and then put your glasses on. Everything comes into focus.
It’s the same with Jesus. The world gives us a blurry view of reality. But once Jesus comes into our lives, we have clarity. That’s what happens to this man, both physically and spiritually. He gives Him life and sight.
So how about you? Do you see things through Jesus’ perspective? God wants us to have a view that sees through His eyes, not the world’s eyes.
How can you start to view your reality through God’s perspective?