Jesus, the Light of the World

“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.And the disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? (John 9:1-2)

The story in John Chapter 9 talks about how Jesus healed a man born blind. The story depicts the human race; we are all born blind not knowing the true God and being covered with the veil of sin. Every human being is born spiritually blind and continues to grope in the dark except the light of Jesus shines on the path of that individual. Spiritually, his attitude is just like a blind man. His eyes are never open to see the beauty, peace, joy and love of Jesus because his eyes are not open.

We also found out that from the beginning to the end of that chapter people continued to talk about how Jesus opened the eyes of the man born blind. The Pharisees were not happy about it, they preferred the man suffer blindness and continue to struggle with the groping in the dark, falling and helpless while they uphold their useless tradition and standards. The same way, the devil wants the human race to continue to face the challenges of sin while holding on to self righteousness that would never save him.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom 5:12)

In the case of mankind, Adam sinned and every man became lost, doomed and in darkness and in dire need of a Saviour.

Jesus Himself passed by the blind man and decided to give him sight. Oh, what a Saviour! Immediately He set to work and at the fifth verse, Jesus said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing” (John 9:5-7)

When a sinner is washed in the blood of Jesus, all his sins are all washed away just like the man born blind went to wash in the pool of Siloam and came seeing.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

The encounter a sinner has with Jesus will bring a great change and a turn around in his life, which will elicit wonder in the heart of all those who knew him when he was still in bondage to sin and groping in darkness. People will wonder, “is this the same man we have known before”?

“The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, he is like him: but he said, I am he. (John 9:8,9).

The struggle of sin was passed through our first parents Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.

“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”(Romans 5:19).

God has now made a way of escape out of our blindness and bondage to sin. Christ is willing to save as it is obvious in his instant response at giving sight to the man born blind. Jesus proclaimed immediately,

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” (John 9:4)

Jesus is still in the business of rescuing the sinners from spiritual blindness, sin and the judgement to come, when there will no longer be the opportunity again. Every human must be aware that now is the time to bring to Jesus all their sins and shame in exchange for sight and spiritual freedom.

The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin;
The light of the world is Jesus;
Like sunshine at noonday His glory shone in,
The light of the world is Jesus.

Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee;
Sweetly the light has dawned upon me;
Once I was blind, but now I can see;
The light of the world is Jesus.

No darkness have we who in Jesus abide,
The light of the world is Jesus;
We walk in the light when we follow our Guide,
The light of the world is Jesus.

Ye dwellers in darkness with sin-blinded eyes,
The light of the world is Jesus;
Go, wash, at His bidding, and light will arise;
The light of the world is Jesus.

Oluseun is a wife, mother, home-maker, public relations expert who loves to teach children the Bible. She lives in Ibadan, Nigeria, together with her husband. They have three children.

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