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Now I See

He answered and said, whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25

The accolades, commemorations, and praises streamed across our newsfeeds recently in the light of the passing of two famous men. Britain’s world renowned theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking and “America’s Pastor,” Billy Graham. Both were famous for very different reasons. Hawking beat the odds and lived well beyond what doctors ever expected. He became known for his brilliant mind and theories that pushed theoretical boundaries in his field. Graham was the son of a farmer from a small rural town. He preached to hundreds of millions across the globe and counselled presidents and dignitaries alike. Both men wrote books, had movies made about them, met with the famous of the world, and had net worths in the millions but as final breaths were taken, all which both men had accumulated in life, was left behind.

Ravi Zacharias recently wrote an article giving a great example of fleeting fame and a proper perspective of life;

“I recall speaking to a professional baseball team some years ago. One of the speakers speaking on “leaving a legacy” asked the players a question: “How many of you know where your grandfather is buried?” Several hands went up. He then asked, “How many of you know where your great grandfather is buried?” A smaller number of hands went up. That series went on. Then the speaker said: “You’re only a few generations away from being completely forgotten.” There was a silence. One very famous player leaned over to me and said, “It really doesn’t matter to me whether my great-grandchildren know me or not, and what records I broke, as long as they know who Jesus Christ is.” [1]

It is this very reality that I reflect upon today when considering the lives of these two men. It is what seems so powerful about the words of this poor and helpless man in John 9 who was being pressured to disavow and cast disdain on the Lord Jesus. It wasn’t that this man knew everything, or had even grasped all that had happened to him that day. Yet, there was that one thing that was so inescapable, it was so undeniable and it was so powerful. It was that personal, unforgettable experience “one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” 

I don’t know exactly what Hawking’s life was ultimately built around but for Billy Graham it never became about the presidents, the books, or places he visited and money that was made. There was an undeniable and fervent desire to let others know this truth “one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”

Dear child of God isn’t that a truth to build our lives around? Is that not the reality of what we will bring with us into eternity? How wonderful for those of us who can appreciate that this is what life is truly about that because of Christ I once was blind, but now I see!

“... For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” 2 Tim 1:12


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