Topic: Incontrovertible Evidence
[DCLM Daily Manna 10 February 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: John 9:8-12 (KJV)
Key Verse: “The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?” (John 9:8).
One of the great attributes of the Holy Bible that have continued to confound literary experts over the ages is its dramatic style of presenting events in both figurative and literal dimensions. A short passage may tell a story; but look deep into the narrative and you will find a bigger picture of what God is revealing. That is the case with the five-verse text before us in today’s reading for meditation.
Before the blind man met our Lord, he lived in shame, isolation and penury, depending on charity. Deprived of sight, he also required a guide to lead him around. He was helpless and at the mercy of friends and relatives. He would not know the extent to which he could trust them for a correct account of what passerby dropped into his hands, since he could not see. He dared not dispute their claims of the earnings of the day for fear they might abandon him in retaliation.
That is also the picture of mankind until God sent His dear Son to come and open our eyes and break sin’s hold on us. Sin’s grip puts us in fetters that did not allow us to enjoy God’s riches. We were blind and could not see the marvels of nature God had put in place for His creatures. But Jesus came to our rescue.
This short verse, in a figurative way, is the story of salvation. When the sinner meets Jesus, He opens his eyes and transforms him. We were like the blind man before Jesus changed us into what we are now. The sinner will remain rooted to the same spot of torment at the hands of the devil if he does not reach out to Jesus for help. It’s not God’s desire for His creatures to be so oppressed after He has made a way of redemption. Reach out to Him in faith today and be vastly transformed, becoming a partaker of His divine nature.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Christ’s eyesalve is available for those who admit their blindness.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 27-28