I See Clearly

Scripture Resource Passage: John 12:1-36

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Disastrous—catastrophic implications. You see his chest rise and fall with every breath, the banquet’s food and drink passing over his lips. Sitting so close you see his sunburned face, the color of his hair and the concern of his countenance. 

Strong startling words are recorded; they are wrapped in poetic imagery. An old prophet makes a brief appearance as his words are remembered. A very real and enlightening Divine presence—a spiritual power encounter

                  Spiritually based macular degeneration afflicts some attenders. Possibly it is the drop-down curtain of a torn retina afflicting their ability to see the sacred One. Blinding truth should project through any cataract impeded lens. 

                  The blindness was true in the first century and now. Imagine sitting in the Judas-seat and not seeing Him at all. Make no mistake— discernment is a spiritual gift; but at times our visionary optic nerve fills with spiritual fog.

                  Everyday life is made of up moments when discernment—the ability to judge, to see with understanding—has the ability to bless us. Or, if we’re literally not seeing who is in front of us, produces poor discernment leading to injurious outcomes. Vision and discernment are among the most practical life-skills asking, “What do you see?”

                  I stumbled over the curb and tore open my knee! 

                  I did not see your car! 

                  I did not see that the blemish would be something more than a freckle. 

                  When did we start going to this store? 

                  Where in the world are we going? 

                  Where in the world have we been? 

                  There are times when physically and mentally seeing would be helpful. John 12:1-36 is the historical record of individuals afflicted with lousy spiritual discernment. Surprisingly perhaps, there are a number of times when crowds of people seem to understand precisely who is in front of them — “for on account of him [Lazarus] many…were going over to Jesus and believing in him.”

                  Missing Jesus is the obvious consequence of poor spiritual discernment. We could be forgiven for missing an old prophet’s imagery (Zechariah 9:9). Spiritual vision with discernment, will be the reward of those whose determination leads them to seek understanding in his words. Zechariah wrote: 

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
    Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
    righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Life Applications

  1. What sharpens your spiritual discernment?
  2. Have you discovered strategies which improve your spiritual vision?

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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