I love the harmony of God’s Word. He makes declarations in one passage of Scripture and then reveals that declaration in another passage. This is especially true as it relates to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. There are a couple of passages that I would like to share that reveal the interconnectedness of the Word of God regarding our glorious Lord Christ Jesus. The first two passages are from the Gospel of Luke and then the Gospel of John.
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: 29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” 33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:25-35
What an amazing passage! Simeon through revelation by the Holy Spirit and by the power of the Holy Spirit knew that this Baby was the Christ and then prophesied about Him. Notice how many times the Holy Spirit is mentioned. The Holy Spirit works in the hearts of His people revealing Christ to them by His power and by His Holy Word. We see the fulfillment of the final part of Simeon’s prophesy in the Gospel of John chapter nine. Through the mercy of God shown to a blind man the hearts of the leaders and the people of Israel were revealed.
1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:1-5
Jesus Christ the light of the world revealed how the religion of the Jews had deteriorated into a harsh and judgmental caricature of the true faith in the Living God. Even His disciples parroted this holier than thou mentality when they asked about the origin of the man’s blindness, whether it was his sin or his parents’ sin that caused the blindness. Jesus Christ revealed the mercy of the Living God when through His glorious power He gave sight to the man born blind.
6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. 8 Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” 9 Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.” 10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” 12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said “I do not know.” John 9:6-12
Amidst doubt and confusion, the ones who knew him as the blind beggar were astonished that this man was now seeing. How could that be? Drenched in the mist of dogmatic religious unbelief, the people who knew this man could not be convinced that Jesus Christ was their Messiah, and so they brought the sighted man born blind to the Pharisees.
13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was the Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. John 9:13-16
Jesus could have arranged the timing so that He healed this man on any other day. Jesus could have spoken the Word and the man born blind would have received his sight. Jesus performed this miracle on the Sabbath in the manner that He did to reveal the hearts of these religious zealots that were not followers of God, but followers of man’s religion led on by the devil. They couldn’t see the glory of God in the mercy of Christ as He by His great power gave this man born blind sight! There were some that did recognize the truth that sinners cannot bring about such amazing miracles because they don’t have access to God’s ear or power, and so there was a division amongst the Pharisees over the work of Jesus. This work should have led all of them to believe in Him as their Messiah.
17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” 18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” John 9:17-23
The Pharisees, scribes, Sadducees and those who followed them had a stranglehold on the religious affections of the people of Israel. They ruled them by fear and for their own personal aggrandizement. A mighty miracle had been performed on this man! That could not be denied, but rather than give Jesus the glory He deserved the Jews sought ways to reproach Him and intimidate any from believing Him to be the Christ.
24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” 25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” 28 Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. 29 We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.” John 9:24-29
Trapped in the cement of their man generated religion they were hardened to the glory of Jesus Christ opening the eyes of this man who was born blind. Jesus Christ opening the eyes of this blind man was direct fulfillment of prophecy given by Isaiah about the Messiah:
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb shall sing. Isaiah 35:5-6
When John the Baptist questioned whether or not Jesus was the promised Messiah, He gave these signs as the evidence that He was indeed the One who was prophesied to come and redeem Israel.
4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” Matthew 11:4-6
This was just one of many signs that Jesus Christ did proving that God’s seal was upon Him. The Jews couldn’t see, their evil hearts of unbelief were laid bare for all to see. God in His mercy and grace fulfilled the signs of the Messiah in their midst but they were not His children so they could not respond to the grace revealed to them by the Savior.
30 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” 34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out. John 9:30-34
So the utter depravity of this man centered system of religion was completely revealed when Jesus gave sight to a man born blind. This amazing miracle by our Savior led the Jews to reject Jesus as their Messiah, rather than accept Him as their Lord and Savior. The man, however, believed that Jesus was from God because of His amazing miracle, and the Jews cast him out of the synagogue.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” 36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” 37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” 38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him. John 9:35-38
Jesus looked for the man, found him, and then led him to believe in Himself as the Son of God. The mercy of God was poured out upon this man considered a wretched sinner by the religious elites, even after Jesus Christ had given him sight! Jesus revealed the true nature of the Father when He healed this man and brought him to saving faith in Himself as the Son of God. Jesus Christ revealed the hearts of many in this gracious act of kindness in the life of a despised handicapped beggar. The godless religious hypocrites were unmasked and God was given glory through the faith of this saved sinner.
39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” 40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.” John 9:39-40
Rather than admit their failure to see the glory of God expressed through the words and works of Jesus Christ, the Pharisees claimed they were not blind to what they had witnessed. But why did they not embrace Jesus Christ as their Messiah? Therefore they admitted that they willfully were rejecting the revelation given to them by the Father regarding His Son because they loved their own system of religion much, much more than the glory and approval of God. Jesus Christ revealed their hearts because He knew what was in man. How’s your heart?
24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man. John 2:24-25
Lord Jesus Christ, may we like this man whom You healed and saved be willing to leave the religious world so we can know and follow You. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ for Your salvation for all who repent of their sin and put their faith in You. Amen!