John 9:1 -7, 35-41
Seeing is more than a function of the eyes and brain. What we see and how we see it involves our past experience, our upbringing, our hopes and desires, attitudes acquired from the surrounding culture in which we live, our imagination and expectation. But one thing that seeing does require is light. When we are called “children of the light” (Ephesians 5:8), it is because the light of God that shines in everyone (John 1:4-5), the light that was in the world and through whom creation came into existence (John 1:10), has shone into our lives through Jesus who is the light of the world (John 9:5). And who is Jesus? How do we view him? How we view him depends upon all those things that are involved in any act of seeing. For some, this means that they only see him as a threat, as a fake or as a joke. Others see him as founder of a religion, great teacher, miracle-worker or moral example. But children of the light see him as God’s Son, the light of the world. As with Peter, James and John (Mark 9:2-10), something has to give them a radically different way of seeing him. For those three on the mountain, it was a visionary experience, but however it happens it is by the power of God’s own Spirit that our eyes are opened to see him as truly human, yet truly divine. As the sun gives physical light and life to planet Earth, the Son gives spiritual or eternal light and life to those who are open to it. By faith we see what others cannot see and by faith we respond, as plants respond to sunlight, to the light of God shining out through Jesus.
- Take for example some object – say a stick of celery or a wheelchair – and reflect on what influences come to bear upon the way you see those objects.
- What influences your view of Jesus?
- What does the ‘light of the world’ image say to you about Jesus?
- What of Christ does faith enable us to see that others cannot see?