March 14, 2011

Tuesday, Day Six


            The Lectionary

Morning - Psalm 37:1-24, Genesis 24:28-38, 49-51, 58-67, 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5     
Evening - Psalm 46, Psalm 47, Jeremiah 4:1-9, John 9:24-41

John 9:24-41

 24Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
 25He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
 26Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
 27He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
 28Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
 29We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
 30The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
 31Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
 32Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
 33If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
 34They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
 35Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
 36He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
 37And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
 38And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
 39And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
 40And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
 41Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.


            Commentary

In John 9:35-38 we see the conclusion toward which Christ is leading the blind man.  That is, the restoration of his spiritual sight.  Now the man can say, "Lord, I believe."  Now he can worship Christ as His Lord and God.  The Pharisees, however, remained in their blindness.  They refused to see their sin.

            Devotional Thoughts

One of the things we emphasize in Lent is repentance.  We make a great point of turning away from sin and turning to God.  Before we can repent of sin we must find our sin, and Lent is a time for finding the sin in our lives.  It is a time to put our lives under the microscope to find the tiny flaws, and to stand back far enough to see the giant holes.  Returning to our example of a journey, finding our sin is like checking the compass to determine the present course of our lives.

When we do this we will always notice a discrepancy between our professed ideals, and our practice in real life.  For example, we may say that our goal in life is to live for Christ, but our actions might show that our real goal is to be a world champion sports fan.   Obviously, this self examination is more than simply asking if a certain action is a sin or not. We are talking about a serious, intense, and honest look at the way we really live our lives.

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