As I read these verses I asked myself, ‘Who really was blindfolded here?’ (64; cf.67,68). The opponents of Jesus were wilfully blind. They had set themselves against the truth (70,71). There was (there is!) solid evidence that Jesus is who He claimed to be – the Son of God. But they were not interested.
‘There are none so blind as those who will not see.’
In our witness today we face the same reality. Satan has put a supernatural blindfold around the world: ‘…the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4). Thankfully, as Paul goes on to say, this darkness can be overcome as the gospel is preached (6). The God who, at the beginning said, ‘Let there be light’, can shine in hearts to ‘give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.’ It’s a miracle every time it happens. A new creation takes place.
And let it be said that the opposition of spiritually obtuse people does not alter the reality that Jesus Christ is Lord ( Luke 22:69). He reigns over all.
What humility, though, to allow Himself to be so ill-treated and insulted for our sakes. He could have blasted them all away with just one word.
Prayer: ‘Oh make me understand it, help me to take it in, what it meant to thee, the Holy One, to bear away my sin.