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“I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. And many of them said, “He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?”

Others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” (John 10:14–21)

Jesus had just healed a man who was blind from birth. After the religious establishment had conducted its investigation into the healing, they threw the healed man out of the synagogue and told him to never come back.

So Jesus used the healing of that man from his physical blindness to teach about the blindness that so easily afflicts human beings: their inability to see even the most obvious of spiritual truths. Sadly, those who are spiritually blind, like the religious leaders Jesus confronted, are often unaware of their disability—in contrast to the physically blind, who know it only all too well. But Jesus can open the eyes of those who are spiritually blind, even if they have been blind from birth, as easily as he can open the eyes of those who were physically blind. But Jesus was divisive. Some of the spiritually blind believed, and some didn’t. Many wrongly concluded that Jesus’ words were the ravings of a madman or worse. Blindness is a terrible thing.

The pastor and poet, John Newton wrote in Amazing Grace, “I once was blind, but now I see.” Jesus has granted us insight into the mysteries of God. What had been hidden from us, what our blind eyes had not been able to discern, Jesus has at last revealed to us, opening our eyes so that we can see.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm a deacon at Quartz Hill Community Church. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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