Fortunately for me my glasses were bent, but not broken. "Hey, I have lived with bent glasses multiple times in my life," I whispered to myself. "And this time it's just the little extensions that sit on the bridge of my nose that are bent. No big deal."
As you may have guessed by now, the fact that I had a personal "glasses incident" this morning has directed my thinking toward my eyes. Eyes . . . brown, green, hazel, blue . . . no matter . . . what would we do without them? Let's face it: they are a miracle of God's creation. I can't even imagine the complexity that goes on in those two small organs affixed in our heads - miracle of creation.
Yet eyes are not only miracles of creation. They are also object lessons of redemption. When Jesus came to the world he did miracle upon miracle. John, in his gospel, liked to call them "signs." I've been thinking about these signs lately (I teach a course called Disciple Bible Study in my church every Wednesday night and we've been in John the previous two weeks), and I have come to realize that each sign points to a greater reality.
Are you familiar with the sign of the man born blind? I'll give you the first two verses:
John 9,1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.
It's a great story and it covers all of chapter 9, but for our purposes in this blog, notice Jesus words: the man was born blind so that the "works of God might be displayed in him." As you read the story, however, you discover that although the works of God are displayed when Jesus gives the man sight, not everyone sees the works of God displayed.
Did you hear that? Not everyone sees the works of God displayed. So the question remains, "who is going to see?" I'm not talking about who is going to see in the story (there's no room in this blog to discuss those details). Rather, I'm asking the question, "who is going to see today?"
Do you have eyes? If you're reading this blog, I know your eyes have been created (wow, that's obvious), but have your eyes been redeemed? There's a difference! There's a world of difference, and . . .
in the next blog we'll see that it takes redeemed eyes to see and understand friendship's fourth lesson.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we need eyes to see. It's all too obvious. But Lord, we need redeemed eyes to see as you see, and if we do not see as you see, our lives and even the world are out of focus. Lord, redeem our eyes, so that we can reveal your glory in this world.