IS TRADITION SABOTAGING YOUR TESTIMONY? (Continued)
Scripture Reading: John 9
Let us learn from the way those who speak to tradition handled the man Jesus healed from blindness in this Scripture. Actually, this man’s condition spoke of the spiritual condition of Israel at the time and of much of spiritual Israel today, the Church. As the Apostle Paul prayed, may we be strengthened with might in our inner man and the eyes of our understanding be enlightened. Thank You, Lord Jesus.
9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
First of all, let us ever be mindful that Jesus sees the condition we are in. Every situation is for our learning. May we also be mindful of this fact when we blame each and everything we dislike on the devil. Say to yourself aloud, "Jesus sees my condition." Jesus has never been in the business of quick fixes. He is the Word from God Who did not return void but accomplished all Father sent Him to do. His coming has an eternal effect. Not for quick fixes but for eternity. Therefore, everyone should be blessed as a result of our individual blessings.
The disciples recognized that the man’s condition existed from birth. Birth speaks of origin. As representing all mankind, this particular man was a son of Adam. As such, we were all born in the natural without spiritual sight. Yes, notwithstanding the greatness many believe they have, the truth is that apart from Christ Jesus there is spiritual blindness. As Jesus pointed out, neither the man nor his parents sinned. Let us accept it now that all who are born into this world are in this same condition until this same Jesus, Who is exalted to the right hand of power, becomes Lord of our lives. When that happens, we will understand the "works of God" that were truly manifested in the man as well as each of us believers in Christ.