Mar. 17, 2016

Impaired Vision - Part 3

When the man unexpectedly had a second encounter with Jesus, at the very least he should have fallen at His feet in gratitude and stuck to Jesus like glue. But instead, the man hears the warning Jesus gave him, doesn't respond in agreement or repentance or even acknowledgment. Instead he does the dumbest thing he could possibly do: he departs from the presence of the One who could transform his character.

Sometimes the answer, the solution, the cure, the remedy is RIGHT IN FRONT OF US but we don't see it because of Impaired Vision. It isn't that we don't see at all but our sight is limited by narrow and minimal expectations.

In the previous chapter of John 4, the woman at the well had impaired vision. When she met Jesus all she saw was a Jewish man breaking cultural and traditional rules. She had not progressed beyond her ancestor Jacob and the natural water he had provided through the well he dug. But eventually her vision became clear. She saw Jesus as the Messiah and immediately and gladly shared the good news!

In John 11, Martha, the sister of Lazarus, had impaired vision. She could only see Jesus 'preventing' death not totally vanquishing it. After Lazarus had been dead four days Jesus told Martha her brother would rise again. She responded that she knew he would rise again in the last day at the resurrection. Jesus essentially said to her, "Take another look. The Resurrection is standing right in front of you! I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!" Jesus totally subdued death, defeated death and overcame death, hell and the grave. He was saying to Martha that He is not only the complete and total essence of the 'getting up' of that which was gone and without any hope of recovery but He is also the Living Again in full capacity without deficiency!

If you are experiencing impaired vision in any area of your living, ask the Lord to help you to see like He sees. Expect the impossible to happen for you. Don't accept the limitations of humanity.

Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.