Sunday, May 16, 2010

Empirical Evidence

John 9:24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, "Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner." 25 He answered, "Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see."

24 Ἐφώνησαν οὖν τὸν ἄνθρωπον ἐκ δευτέρου ὃς ἦν τυφλὸς καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· δὸς δόξαν τῷ θεῷ· ἡμεῖς οἴδαμεν ὅτι οὗτος ὁ ἄνθρωπος ἁμαρτωλός ἐστιν. 25  ἀπεκρίθη οὖν ἐκεῖνος· εἰ ἁμαρτωλός ἐστιν οὐκ οἶδα· ἓν οἶδα ὅτι τυφλὸς ὢν ἄρτι βλέπω.

I have always loved the interaction between the Pharisees and the man born blind.  This statement is one of the most practical handles I have for my theology.  He was begging on the side of the road, he met Jesus, and now he saw.  He didn't know anything about Jesus, but he knew what happened.  He makes the statement ἓν οἶδα ὅτι τυφλὸς ὢν ἄρτι βλέπω.  The ESV renders this perfectly, in my opinion.

Most of us have sung the first verse of "Amazing Grace" at least once.  The last line refers to this.  We start of spiritually blind in our sin.  It takes the grace of God to give us sight.  And then once we see we have a story.  Having a story does not make the gospel true, but we have a story because it is true.  We really don't have to know a lot about Jesus to be saved.  We don't need to be able to articulate the mystery of the Trinity.  We don't need to be able to quote all the parables.  We don't need to have a firm answer on what His childhood was like. What we need to accept is that we are blind and need help.

Where are you?  Were you blind and now you can see?  Or are you still on the side of the road looking for the answers?  Come to Jesus.  He will give you spiritual sight so that you may see.  Life will never be the same again, but it is so much better than what you know now.

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