Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Orange Moon Tuesday, June 18, 2024 "Now I See"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Now I See" 

"With glorified eyes, we will look upon the glorified Christ."  


   He lived in a time of little help for those with severe physical infirmities.  Moreover, those like him were often considered cursed by God.

    "And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth.  And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing" (John 1:1-7).

    I have read the story many times.  Only recently, however, did it occur to me the magnitude of what the Lord Jesus did for the man "blind from his birth," who miraculously "came seeing."  After years in darkness of sight, and even greater darkness of soul, the man had his eyes opened to see.  What would he have experienced in the moment when he washed away the clay as the Lord's miracle washed away his blindness?  We cannot even imagine, can we?  

    Let us try, to the limited degree we can. Startled wonder, breathtaking amazement, indescribable joy, and countless tears must have overwhelmed one whose life changed in a way he could never have anticipated.  The Bible, so often understated in it description of God's working, does not fill in these details.    How could it be otherwise when our Lord so often does things for which thoughts are never enough to contemplate, and words cannot begin to explain?  "Thou art the God who doest wonders" declared the Psalmist.  "Whereas I was blind, now I see" declared the man who doubtless never got over the wonder done for him (Psalm 77:14; John 9:25).  Blind from birth.  But seeing after the Lord Jesus passed his way, delivered him from darkness, and imparted a newness of life "exceeding, abundantly above" all he could "ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20).

   All believers proceed toward a moment when we will experience even greater wonder than the blind man who came seeing.  "We shall see Him as He is" (I John 3:2).  With glorified eyes, we will look upon the glorified Christ.  That known by faith will be seen by sight.  We "shall see His face" (Revelation 22:4).  We cannot even imagine, can we?  Perhaps the man we consider will look around and smile as every saint of God experiences a moment of new light  and sight such as he knew.  Of course, the moment will be fleeting as the man will himself be overwhelmed by an infinitely great illumination than he saw in that fateful earthly hour.  Yes, a day approaches when we shall look upon a glory that will grace us with startled wonder, breathtaking amazement, and indescribable joy.  "Whereas I was blind, now I see" will be our grateful cry no less than the man born blind.  And far, far more.  We shall see Him as He is...

"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain."

(Revelation 5:6)  

Weekly Memory Verse

   Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.

(Romans 15:8)


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