Dead eyes

“People aren’t dead because they can’t walk. They’re dead because they can’t see.”

Seeing. The theme keeps coming at me from different places. So I’m looking hard into the Light. Without light, there is no vision.

John 1:4-5
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

We don’t really know what spiritual death and life are until we relate them to light and darkness and blindness. The people you see at the mall or at work look alive. If you tell them they are dead, they will think you’ve lost your mind.

They’re walking around, they’re smiling, eating, drinking, they do stuff. What do you mean they’re dead? ...People aren’t dead because they can’t walk. They’re dead because they can’t see. That’s why light is so crucial.

They don’t see Jesus as supremely valuable. They don’t see his sacrifice as precious. They don’t see his fellowship as their greatest treasure. They are blind to these things. They walk in darkness. They are spiritually dead to these greatest of all realities.

If they are going to see these things and receive them, they must have life. Life will make seeing possible.

~ John Piper, “In Him Was Life”, Sermon October 5, 2008

Matthew 13:16
But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.

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