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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“So that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.’”—Mark 4:12 (NKJV)
Sight is fascinating. It gives us the ability to see things. But vision is even more valuable. Vision allows our mind to interpret and organize what we see. Both begin in the womb when the brain connects to the eye through the optic nerve. For both to function, there must be light. Eyes function as windows that allow light to enter the brain where vision is then formed. If the eye is damaged, limiting the light to enter, the brain cannot develop focus. In the physical sense, light operates to enable sight and create vision. In the spiritual sense, it does much the same.
Throughout the Old Testament and through His prophets, God revealed His vision of salvation. Not just for Israel, but for all nations. This vision was Jesus, the Light of the world. Yet, the nation of Israel did not focus on the suffering Messiah, Savior of the world, but on the conquering Messiah, who would establish them as a preeminent nation. The truth of Christ was misunderstood because He did not live up to their expectations of what a Messiah would be or do.
Fast forward to the ministry of Jesus. Once more, God presents His vision—but now through Jesus and His parables, which were often misunderstood. After all, how can a man possibly destroy a temple and raise it up in three days? Like eyes, parables are windows through which light can enter the mind. Just as the brain seeks out light to enable the eye to see, parables forced those who heard them to seek the truth in order to understand. Those who desired to understand kept their eyes on Jesus, relying on Him for understanding.
Helen Keller believed, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Exactly! As followers of Christ, we have been blessed with spiritual sight and visual insight. Sin has damaged us, but the light of Jesus restores us with wisdom to see, understand, and embrace God’s vision for the world. Through His Spirit and His Word, we have knowledge to discern who Christ is, dispelling any misunderstanding or false expectations of Him to family and friends. Jesus tells us to let our light shine before others so that they will give glory to God (Matthew 5:16). The Light of the world shines through us so that all may proclaim, “One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
DIG: Find a parable of Jesus that you struggle to understand.
DISCOVER: Pray and ask the Lord to reveal His meaning of it to you.
DISPLAY: Search for ways to apply your new understanding of Christ in your life and in the lives of others.
Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.