What is spiritual blindness?

In the Book of John, so far, we have witnessed spiritual blindness over and over. Jesus again and again, speaks about spiritual realties yet people fail to understand what he is saying.

  • Jesus said to the Jews “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. (John 2:19-22)
  • Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Truly, truly, I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God,” Nicodemus said to him, “Haw can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” (John 3:3-4). Jesus was talking about being spiritually reborn of water and spirit like Ezekiel prophesied (Ezekiel 36:25-27).
  • Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that he can give her living water welling up to eternal life, and she responds by saying, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep…I want it so that I don’t have to draw water anymore. (John 4:10-15) But Jesus was speaking about the Holy Spirit who proceeds from him bringing spiritual life.(John 7:38-39)
  • Later, when the disciples tell Jesus to eat, he says “I have food to eat that you do not know about” and the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them that hisfood is to do the will of him who sent him and to accomplish the father’s work”.

Do you see how in each of them, there is a blindness to spiritual things? WE also suffer from spiritual blindness. Apart from the Holy Spirit, we are hopeless in understanding the things of God. This is where prayer and meditation and a reliance of God’s word come into play. Apart from God’s power, we are blind. Let each and every one of us rely on the Holy Spirit every time we read the Bible, and hear it preached falling on our faces pleading for the ability to understand and be changed.