Blind Leaders Lead Others Away from God
Beyond drifting away from God, because of their blindness, the Pharisees stood in the way of others coming to the Lord. And Jesus had no patience for this kind of leadership. “You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces,” he said. “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” (Matthew 23:13).
The Pharisees had become blind guides leading the people away from God. That was their first problem. The second was that they were too stubborn to change and too blind to even acknowledge where they had gone wrong. They were like shepherds who no longer fed God’s flock, only themselves (Ezekiel 34:8).
And so, the Pharisees became the first to miss out on the movement and miracles of God that they themselves had preached about for generations.
This is why God decided to insert a new shepherd, the good shepherd, in the form of his son to feed his flock and lead them back to his loving arms (Jeremiah 3:15).
Jesus Came to Open the Eyes of the Blind
The prophet Isaiah wrote, “we hope for light, but behold, darkness, for brightness, but we walk in gloom. We grope along the wall like blind men, we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at midday as in the twilight, among those who are vigorous we are like dead men. (Isaiah 59:9-10)
Apart from God, there is no hope, no life, and no purpose in life. We are left to grope about in the dark searching for answers.
Jesus, however, had no desire to see his creation grope about in darkness, led by those who were obstinate and equally blind. Mark’s gospel says that, “he felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.” (Mark 6:34)
There was a way out of the pit of sin and darkness, and that solution came in the form of Jesus Christ, God’s own son.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12) and later, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
There are several stories in the gospels of Jesus healing those who were physically blind (John 9:1-12, Mark 8:22-25). The message in all of these stories is that Christ was willing to do so, and the same is true for those who are spiritually blind and call on his name.
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