The light of faith, John 9:24-38
22nd Mar 2019
I love to doodle, I am sure it helps me to concentrate, listening and doodling, sometimes the images that link to what is being said but sometimes just random things. I thought I would share with you some doodles – a bar, a rabbit and a snake.
You might look and think that’s not right – that isn’t a bar, a rabbit and a snake, that’s three prongs, a duck and an impossible snake. Hmmmm…..
To be honest I have always loved optical illusions and brain games and highly recommend the Brain Game to anyone also interested. The science behind what we see and what we perceive and understand is far more complex than I could tell you but the basic principle is that we see what we expect to and our brain works with that (that is very basic!)
The passage today talks about people with totally different perspectives – a man who had been healed but didn’t really know how but knew by who. Pharisees who knew all the laws and commands and could tell you what should happen and why. The man didn’t have the knowledge of how it all worked he just knew it had, in fact he knew that he shouldn’t have been healed (a sinner). He was willing to be insulted, ridiculed and excluded because he knew what he knew – God had healed him.
When Jesus came to him and asked him about the ‘Son of Man’ the man did not question the theological rationale of Son of God, Son of Man, he did not first discuss the incarnational possibilities and realities. He just said “Tell me so I can believe in him.”
The beautiful verse in Lamentations (3:22-23) which reminds us that God’s ‘compassions never fail…. They are new every morning.’ How wonderful to remember this simple idea of looking afresh at each new day, to seeing the wonders around us and the joys of the day and to have this simple faith to know and see again the Saviour.
(An extra optical illusion for you – stare at the four dots in the centre of the image for at least 45 seconds then look at something bright and you should see Jesus!)