- With experience the blind person will develop understanding of the physical world just as with experience we can develop understanding of the spiritual world.
- At birth we know nothing. We are, as the Apostle Paul says “darkness” and “disobedient” (Ephesians 6.8, 12).
1. Spiritual blindness is worse than physical blindness
- Pharisees had religious ‘traditions
- Religious traditions are often based on false teachings.
- Essence of Protestant Reformation and Anglicanism is that religious practice was to be Bible-based as opposed to tradition-based
- Roman Catholic church had put the authority of Pope over the Bible
- Many people in England owned Bibles or most could read the Bible chained to a table in their church – they could read and see that salvation was based on faith and grace rather than blindly observing religious customs, including the Mass
- Protestant Reformation led to a long and bitter struggle – and a process of spiritual growth on both sides
- We all work hard to resist anything that challenges our traditions and religious beliefs – it is very hard to admit we have been wrong
- Lent is a good time to ask the Holy Spirit to help us examine our spiritual lives
- We do not want to be like the Pharisees who are always there. They always see physically what Jesus is doing, but they cannot overcome their spiritual blindness and see who Jesus is.
- Their spiritual blindness seems to be pushing them deeper into the same “deeds of darkness” that Paul warns us to avoid.
- Warning to all of us to study the Bible ourselves, have a living and growing faith and remain open to what God may be trying to teach us
It is important to note that the man did not ‘come to Jesus’. In this particular healing story it is Jesus who goes to the man. All the healing stories are different. In this case Jesus does not ask the man anything, he just puts a mud paste on his eyes and tells him to wash. This sets in motion a sequence of events that teach us how Jesus opens our eyes spiritually. The physical healing begins a process of spiritual growth. The first step is always conflict.