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Lenten Devotion

"Jesus said, 'For judgment I came into this world, that those
who do not see may see, and those who see may become
blind'" (John 9:39).

Read John 9:24-41.

Over and over again Jesus' light shone over the people around
Him through His words and His countless miracles. But the
Jewish leaders refused to see. Despite a thorough investigation
into Jesus' healing of the man born blind, they can find no way
to disprove the miracle. Still, they refuse to believe the evidence
right before them.

But Jesus isn't ready to give up on them yet. If they won't accept
the evidence, maybe they will listen to the man who had been
healed. In eloquent testimony the man told them, "If this man
were not from God, He could do nothing." But again, they
stubbornly refuse to see the light and answer, "You were born
in utter sin, and would you teach us?" Then they threw out the
man born blind.

Hearing that he had been thrown out, Jesus found him and
revealed Himself to him. Jesus told those around Him that He
came to give sight to the blind, and blindness to those who see.
Some Pharisees heard Him say this and asked if they were blind.
Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now
that you say, 'We see,' your guilt remains."

That is a terrifying thought. These Jewish leaders had seen
overwhelming evidence time and again that Jesus is the promised
Savior, God's Son, yet they refused to believe. How much evidence
have we seen? How many Bible readings have we heard in services?
How many times have we received Holy Communion? Do we believe?


Lord, You know the darkness within each of us, take away my
blindness and help me see Jesus clearly through the eyes of faith.

Written by Rev. Wayne Palmer

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