Jesus is concerned about our vision—because vision is tied to action.
In passages such as John 9:6, Mark 10:52, and Mark 8:23 we see a Jesus who heals physical blindness. In each of these instances there was a very real and tangible need that the blind men had—and their greatest hope was to see.
“Rabbi, I want to see.” Mark 10:51.
Following these miraculous healings each of the men in the passages above were given the simple order to “Go”—which would’ve been quite an appealing proposition for people who had spent most of their lives sitting and begging in one place each and every day. It’s interesting to me that Jesus was so intentional with his imperative command for them to go—maybe it was because he knew that their lives were forever changed and that they needed to do something with their newfound sight. Maybe it was because he knew that living the life of a seeing-blind man makes for a frustrating life. Whatever the case, Jesus knew that their ability to see was intimately connected with their ability to act.
Jesus is concerned about our vision—because vision is tied to perspective.
In passages such as John 9 where Jesus is interacting with the Samaritan woman at the well we see a Jesus who heals a different aspect of blindness: shortsightedness. Even though the woman at the well had the ability to see with her own two eyes, she lacked a vision for things beyond her current reality.
“Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water” John 4:15.
Sometimes our students (and we) can be blind to the things that God is doing in and around us. Just like the Samaritan woman, our students need to see the greater picture they are a part of. Our Creator God has not wired us only with the perspective of here-and-now, but also the perspective of what-will-be. It’s our job as youth leaders to constantly remind our students of God’s perspective—to give them eyes to see what God sees.
As we journey with our students this week, be looking for opportunities to introduce them to the Jesus who wants them to “see” and “go”—as well as the Jesus who wants to give new perspectives on familiar things.