SEEING AND BELIEVING
In our TWENTY SECOND EPISODE Jesus heals a man born blind and confronts the spiritual blindness of the religious leaders as we continue with “Life’s Meaning & Purpose: an in-depth study of the Gospel of John."
During his early years, John Newton had a reputation for being a profane and debaucherous young man, who would spend much of his time working on merchant vessels and slave trading ships. But on one fateful voyage, while caught up in a terrible storm, the trajectory of his life would change as he put his faith in Christ. Now you may not be familiar with John Newton’s story, but you may be familiar with the words to his most famous hymn, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.” In these words, John Newton likens his conversion to that of a blind man receiving his sight, much like the blind man in our lesson this week whose eyes were opened not only physically to behold Jesus’ face, but also spiritually to behold Jesus as the Son of Man. Sadly, we also see the contrast between this man and the religious leaders who remain spiritually blind as they continue to reject Jesus.