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Wednesday, March 1 2017
Seeing The Light: The Healing For All Born Blind
"Whereas I was blind, now I see"
The Messiah healed many people of physical (sickness and injuries; see Healings Of Man And Nature) and spiritual (possession by unclean spirits; see The Gospel Witnesses Who Were Healed Of Devils) ailments. One healing in particular however was significant of what has become an acquired disorder that all of humanity has suffered from until such time that they become healed of it.
First, the Messiah's healing of "a man born blind."
"9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
It was a joyous miracle, but it was met with skepticism and disdain - first by those who had known the blind man, as a blind man, for his entire life.
"9:8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 9:9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
The man's neighbors then took the man to the Pharisees for their "judgment" of what had happened, but they "did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight." So they called the man's parents to testify regarding their son. The parents declared that he was their son, and that he was born blind, but they subdued their joy because of the fear that they had for the men who were in charge of their religion: "These words spake his parents, because they feared."
The carnal-minded (i.e. spiritually blind; see the Fact Finder question below) Pharisees then began to regard the Messiah as a threat to their "leadership" over the people, so the character assassination of Him began (see also The Character Assassins). When their frenzy reached its peak after the healed man himself testified to them, the Pharisees expelled him from their congregation.
"9:13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. 9:14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 9:15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
When the Messiah heard that they had cast the healed man out, He went to him, not merely with words of consolation, but with the Word of the Light that the man could now "see."
"9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
The incident ended, as it always does until the blind have also received their healing, with their further rejection of the Truth that they not only could not yet see, but as such, still then refused to see.
"9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
Fact Finder: Was the apostle Paul "born blind"? How and when did Paul get to "see"?
This Day In History, March 1
752 BC: Romulus, the legendary and semi-mythical first king of Rome, was victorious over the Caeninenses (see also The Politics Of Rome).
509 BC: Publius Valerius Publicola, Roman consul, won the first triumph of the Roman Republic after his victory over the deposed king Lucius Tarquinius Superbus at the Battle of Silva Arsia (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
293: Roman Emperor Diocletian and Maximian appointed Constantius Chlorus and Galerius as fellow Caesars - beginning of the Tetrarchy or Quattuor Principes Mundi ("The Four Rulers of the World").
1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama arrived at what is today Mozambique, on his voyage to India.
1562: Roman Catholic troops massacred over 1,000 Huguenots as they prayed at Vassy, France, starting the First War of Religion. The 40 years of conflict ended when Henry IV of Navarre seized the French throne and granted the Protestants partial freedom.
1565: The city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was founded.
1632: Samuel de Champlain was appointed the first governor of "New France" (northeastern North America; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1692: Sarah Osborne, Sarah Good and Tituba were brought to court in Salem Village, Massachusetts, beginning "the Salem witch trials" (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1815: Napoleon landed in France after returning from Elba, where he had been after being forced to abdicate in April 1814. Britain put only a small fraction of its military forces into the relatively minor wars of 1776 and 1812 against the U.S. revolutionary colonies; the bulk of the British army and navy was involved in fighting Napoleon's French Empire throughout Europe and Africa e.g. British Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory over the French fleet at Trafalgar and Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo.
1845: U.S. President John Tyler signed a bill to authorize the annexation of the short-lived Republic of Texas, after its independence from Mexico.
1871: German troops entered Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
1896: The Battle of Adowa in Ethiopia between the Ethiopian army of King Menelik II and Italian forces. The Italians, outnumbered 80,000 to 20,000 were routed. The decisive Ethiopian victory checked Italy's attempt to build an empire in Africa comparable to that of the French or British.
1917: During the First World War (1914-1918), the "Zimmermann Telegram" was published. The message from the German Foreign Ministry to Mexicans encouraged them to go to war, in alliance with Germany, against the U.S. to recover their lost Mexican territories (see also The Mexican Border Wall).
1932: The infant son of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped. The child was found dead on May 12.
1941: Bulgaria joined the Axis Powers and allowed German forces to enter the country.
1960: Approximately 20,000 people were killed at the Atlantic seaport city of Agadir, Morocco. The city was destroyed by 2 earthquakes, a tidal wave and fire.
1966: The Soviet Venera III landed on Venus. It was the first spacecraft to land on another planet.
1985: The Pentagon admitted the scientific studies that a nuclear war would block the sun, causing a "nuclear winter" i.e. there would be no "winner" in a nuclear war (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1992: Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia.
2003: The International Criminal Court held its first session in The Hague, Netherlands. The Court has remained mostly impotent because most of the greatest war criminals of the modern age escape justice in their militarily-strong nations. Only the weak and the losers of wars face that Court's "justice." True justice is surely coming however; no one "gets away with" anything (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).