What Jesus Did! 'For Those Who Seek' — John 9:39-41

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jesus said, "I came into this world so that the world could be judged. I came so that blind people could see. And I came so that people who think they see will become blind." Some of the Pharisees were near Jesus. They heard Jesus say this. They asked, "What? Are you saying that we are blind too?" Jesus said, "If you were really blind (without understanding), you would not be guilty of sin. But you say that you see (know what you are doing). So you are guilty."
— John 9:39-41
Illustration of John 9:39-41 — "If you were really blind (without understanding), you would not be guilty of sin. But you say that you see (know what you are doing). So you are guilty."

Key Thought

Jesus is the Savior for those who are seeking God's truth. As long as we recognize that we don't have all the answers and that we need his grace and healing then God is ready to bless us super-abundantly. However, if we let arrogance capture our hearts and think that we are important, then we had better beware. Pride and arrogance often get in the way of truth. This is never more true than in matters of spiritual truth. Let's openly recognize that we need God's help to discern the truth.

Today's Prayer

Father, without your help, I would not be able to know the truth. I confess that my wisdom is but a grain of sand on the seashore of your wisdom. Thank you for placing Jesus in such an accessible place for me to find him and receive his gracious light. Please give me wisdom to live for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus heard that the Jewish leaders had forced the man to leave. Jesus found the man and said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man ?" The man asked, "Who is the Son of Man, sir? Tell me, so I can believe in him!" Jesus said to him, "You have already seen him. The Son of Man is the one talking with you now." The man answered, "Yes, I believe, Lord!" Then the man bowed and worshiped Jesus. Jesus said, "I came into this world so that the world could be judged. I came so that blind people could see. And I came so that people who think they see will become blind." Some of the Pharisees were near Jesus. They heard Jesus say this. They asked, "What? Are you saying that we are blind too?" Jesus said, "If you were really blind (without understanding), you would not be guilty of sin. But you say that you see (know what you are doing). So you are guilty."

John 9:35-41

Related Scripture Readings

If a person is proud, then he is in danger of destruction. If a person thinks he is better than other people, then he is in danger of defeat.

Proverbs 16:18

Dear brothers and sisters, when I came to you, I told you the truth of God. But I did not use fancy words or great wisdom. I decided that while I was with you I would forget about everything except Jesus Christ and his death on the cross. When I came to you, I was weak and shook with fear. My teaching and my speaking were not with wise words that persuade people. But the proof of my teaching was the power that the Spirit gives. I did this so that your faith would be in God's power, not in the wisdom of a man.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

But if any of you needs wisdom, then you should ask God for it. God is generous. He enjoys giving to all people. So God will give you wisdom. But when you ask God, you must believe. Don't doubt God. The person who doubts is like a wave in the sea. The wind blows the wave up and down. The person who doubts is like that wave.

James 1:5-7

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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