Time Of Blindness


What was the  purpose of  Jesus coming into  this world?  We will not  wait even a   moment to reply. It was for  redeeming  us from the bondage of  sin. It is  true, but  Jesus also said that  he came into  this world for  judgment. And he tells us  something special about this judgment. In the gospel of  John we  read; ‘I came into this world for judgment so that  those who do not see may see, and those who  do see may become blind’ (Jn  9:39).

At the time of   judgment a separation is made between those having sight and those who are blind. We should fear that  many   who were having  sight earlier turned blind by then. On the other hand, the eyes of many who were blind in the past will be opened to  the  eternal light  of Jesus Christ and they will rejoice in it. 

A Christian is a person with  clear eyesight, for one who has seen  and experienced  Jesus Christ,’the true light, which enlightens everyone’ (Jn 1:9) cannot claim that he was blind to  see the truth. It is the primary  responsibility of a person with  eyesight to keep the light of his eyes alive. But there are Christians whose lamps do not  give light anymore. Looking at them Jesus laments; ’If then the light in you is  darkness, how great is the darkness!’ (Mt 6:23). 

The fate of a person who was once blessed with light and then  falls in darkness is best described in the  Letter to the Hebrews; ‘For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have  once been enlightened, and have tasted the  heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then  have fallen away…….’ (Heb 6:4-5). But for darkness, what  else can a man who  knowingly denies light expect?

To those Christians who have  lost the light but continue walking   without  knowing that   they are going from darkness to darkness, Jesus says; ‘You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked’ (Rev 3:17). Jesus also prescribes the only way open to them to return to the right track; ‘Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you and to keep the  shame of your nakedness from being seen; and salve to anoint your  eyes so that you may see’ (Rev. 3:18).

As the time approaches when   those  with eyesight will go blind, we  can also see  many others who were born blind coming into the  light of the Lord.  It is prophesied that  when ‘darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the people’ (Isa. 60:2), ‘nations shall come to your light and kings to the brightness of your dawn’  (Isa. 60:3).

Lord our God is waiting at His dinner table for us. When those who do see it reject the  invitation, He is opening the eyes of the blind  so as to give them the seats rejected by His people. This is the time the blind will come from the  north, south, east and west  and will sit for the Lord’s dinner.  This is the  time when the Lord ‘washes away the  filth of the daughters of Zion and cleanses  the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of  judgment  and by a spirit of burning’ (Isa 4:4).

Let us pray  with  all our  might so that  our light  be kept alive  when the Lord visits us.