Most people still don’t know that Jesus was blind. How could the only man in history who opened¹ the eyes of one born blind be himself blind? Hundreds of years before the first rays of light dawned over the Virgin and her newborn son in the manger, the venerable prophet Isaiah foretold that the Messiah (Christ), the Servant of the Lord, would be blind. He wrote ~ “Who [is] blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger [that] I sent? who [is] blind as [he that is] perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant?” (Isaiah 42.19). As bewildering as it sounds to some, Bible scholars agree the blind servant, according to scripture, is none other than Jesus Christ Himself.

Keeping the Eyes on Jesus

According to ‘The Biblical Illustrator² Commentary,’ widely considered the best, and many other Bible scholars, Jesus is referred to here as being blind—not blind of the optic nerve—Jesus, like all of His followers, refused to ‘see’ the obstacles to His faith. The Bible teaches that one of the most powerful spiritual weapons is to become blind to the devil and his lies, not ignorant of his devices; blind in the sense of refusing to consider the devil’s deceptions and reasonings. Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote ~ “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2Corinthians 4.18).

The Blindness of Abraham

Great faith comes by keeping one’s eyes on Jesus and the Word of God. The devil is the father³ of lies and a master of deception. As long as the enemy is permitted to occupy one’s mental faculties, the believer will never develop the faith necessary to live a life of victory. Just as Abraham, the Father of faith, became virtually blind to the natural ‘fact’ that he and his wife’s bodies had long past the age of fertility. The New Testament plainly instructs all those who would live by faith to follow in the steps of the blindness of the faith of Abraham. ~ “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb” (Romans 4.19).

The Blindness of Faith

As long as one entertains the excuses and pretexts of the devil, the life of faith will remain a mystery to him because the father of lies, the devil, will continue inventing fantasies and arguments forever if he is permitted to do so. Faith operates in the spiritual realm and is blind to the kingdom of darkness and the works of the devil because faith overcomes the enemy and renders him irrelevant. ~ “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2Corinthians 5.7).

Seeing the Invisible

The eyes of faith are too busy seeing the things that are “unseen” to the spiritually blind slaves of Satan, who are taken captive to the devil because their eyes are constantly focused upon him. Jesus, the Servant of the Lord, was blind to the evil and the darkness of this world because the devil and all of his works were powerless and insignificant against Jesus, and so it is to all who walk by faith and not by sight. However, those who pertain to the family of sin are totally blind to the children of light and all of the works of God. ~ “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned” (1Corinthians 2.14).

Watch What You See

What you see is what you get. We have been instructed in the book of Romans to follow the steps of the faith of Abraham, and when we do that, like Abraham, God will give to us all that we see in the spirit as we observe through the eyes of faith. ~ “And the LORD said to Abram…”Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are––northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever” (Genesis 13.14,15).

Matthew 6:22

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.

Notes

  1. John 9.32
  2. https://www.studylight.org/commentary/isaiah/42-19.html
  3. John 8.44

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