Thursday, November 7: John 7 – 8
Friday, November 8: John 9 – 10
As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.
With these words chapter nine begins, and with it a chapter long story on the man, blind from birth. You have to feel bad for this guy. When everyone should be rejoicing, there is skepticism, doubt, questions, and disbelief. How unfortunate. His parents, his friends, the priest at the Temple, everyone he encounters simply wants to distance themselves from him because he can now see. They each have the same continued questions, how did this happen, or who did this? To which he responses: “I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
Again where there should be rejoicing, there is skepticism, doubt, questions, and disbelief. But isn’t that the way it is with faith? Where there should be rejoicing in the new life that Jesus offers to us, or in trying to share that faith with others we are met with skepticism, doubt, questions, and disbelief. No one wants to rejoice in the truth . . . that Jesus can and does open the eyes of faith to all who call upon his name. I know my eyes are open to that new and radiant vision, are yours?
Did you notice the brief encounter with Nicodemus in Chapter 7? Whose side is he on at this point?
Also pay attention to the “I am” statements in chapter 10. There are a few great ones to reflect on there!
Reading for the next few days:
Saturday, November 9: John 11 – 12
Sunday, November 10: John 13 – 15
Monday, November 11: John 16 – 18