Light Of The World

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading


The Blind Will See the Light

by Rev. Mark Bartsch

If a blind person is in an unfamiliar place, she or he needs time to learn about this new place. Once the new paths are learned, then memory takes over, and the path is remembered. Many years ago, I conducted a monthly worship service in a nursing facility. The pianist was a resident and legally blind. After I showed her where middle C was on the keyboard, she could play almost every hymn. She played almost as if she could see. 

As for us, we are lost in spiritual blindness. We walk around in the darkness of sin. We desperately need someone to intervene for us. Left alone, we cannot find the path that will lead out of the darkness. 

Isaiah wrote, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough ways smooth...” (Isaiah 42:16 NASB)

We can rejoice that Jesus came to remove our spiritual blindness and now leads us along the new path of righteousness. 

In these days of Lent, we see our suffering Savior paying for our sins and granting us the gift of righteousness in what He did for us. Through the power of the Spirit, Jesus, our Savior, brings us from darkness into the light.

The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days, Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which He will be called: The Lord our Righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:5-6 NASB)

We are thankful to Jesus that he has called us out from spiritual darkness and blindness into the light in Him. Without Jesus, we are lost. With him, we are saved today and forever.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, in your mercy, take away the spiritual darkness that surrounds us. Remove our sins from us as far as the east is from the west. Help us to live in your light and in your righteousness. In your name, we pray. Amen.