Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind." John 9:39 (NIV)
Eigengrau is the color that the human brain “sees” when we are in complete darkness. Apparently, it’s a shade of gray instead of black, as I would have expected. Even though no light actually exists, the brain still tells us that we “see” some light. In a similar manner, cognitive scientists have shown that, in the absence of light, many people actually believe that they can still see their limbs as they move them. These observations seem to reveal that, in the absence of light, we are often fooled into believing that some light still exists. We deceive ourselves into thinking we see something that is simply not there. According to Jesus, the same can be true of what we “see” in the world.
Many people, from many walks of life, make an attempt to act morally. Many of the laws, or policies that we have today are the result of how some feel morality should be imposed upon the world. When we make decisions, we typically do so based upon our own experiences and the information that we are given. What happens if that information is not complete? What if our attempt to act morally is based upon naivety or a false understanding of reality? What happens, then, is that we inadvertently create a culture in which morality is not based upon reality but upon fantasy. This is dangerous and it is the source of the darkness and suffering that we see in the world today. You see, reality will always react violently to fantasy. This is where the historical Jesus of the Bible comes in.
Jesus is the light of the world (John 1:1-9). This is not just another nice sounding, Christian expression; it has a very important meaning. Jesus is the source of truth. He is also the means by which truth is revealed. His existence, His grace, His words, His ministry, and everything about Jesus brings a light that exposes reality. It is no wonder that He says, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (John 18:37b NIV). The truth, however, can be intimidating. As such, we may not realize that we often oppose the absolute truth in hopes of preserving our own illusions. An example might be the false belief that science is opposed to God or that God is opposed to science. The person who believes that the Bible and science are in opposition, or are incompatible, did not use either to come to that conclusion.
When we seek truth, that is, absolute reality, it will always lead to Jesus. When He says that He has come so that the “blind may see”, He means that those who realize they cannot see in the dark will recognize His truth as reality and will begin to see clearly. In contrast, when Jesus says He has come so that, “those who see will become blind”, He is speaking of those who believe that they are seeing reality when, in fact, they are in the dark. To those, the light of reality will blind them and they will not be able to bring themselves to accept the truth of God and the world around them.
Bear in mind that, in this account, it was not atheists, philosophers, or pagans that Jesus was calling out, it was the religious people who claimed to serve and worship God. The Christian should ask themselves if they are truly willing to let Jesus shine light on reality, or whether they would reject His commands for the sake of protecting the “truth” they thought was real. If we are to be the people who claim to have faith in God, then we should be the people who allow Him to shine light upon reality so that we can be a blessing to the world. Do you see the light, or are you stumbling in the darkness?
Grafted by His Grace,
Pastor Raul Granillo