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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Spiritually Blind-folded (Luke 23:34)

"Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots."

I remember watching my kids playing "pin the tail on the donkey" at a birthday party years ago (do they play that game anymore?). What should have been easy to do became a real challenge to do while blind-folded.

As Jesus hung on the cross His observers saw a bruised and blooded "king" nailed inescapably to the cross and they mocked Him. They had no idea that His crucifixion served a greater purpose than simply dying as a substitute for Barabbas.

Had Jesus "come down from the cross" and saved Himself then all of humanity would have lived forever condemned and separated from God in their sin. The Pharisees mistakenly believed that they would believe in Him if he came down from the cross. He did something even greater when He was raised from the dead and they didn't believe in Him then. They were spiritually blind-folded and did not truly know what they were doing.

The devil blind-folds all who will not surrender their lives, in faith, to the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul describes the blindness of those who do not believe and the veiling of the gospel to them "whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them" (2 Cor. 4:4). "Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away"(2 Cor. 3:14-17).

People who live their lives only in the natural realm walk spiritually blind-folded and oblivious to the Lord's work in the spiritual realm. Just because the spiritual cannot be seen by the naked eye doesn't mean it isn't true; it is spiritually discerned only by those whose eyes and hearts have been opened to see because they've trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Father God, help me to gloriously see and take in all that You are for me in Christ Jesus and to inform the unseeing masses.

Questions for today's Chronological reading:
Mark 15:22-41; Matthew 27:33-56; Luke 23:33-49; John 19:17b-37
  • How does the centurion's response to Jesus' death differ from that of the chief priests and elders?
  • What does the centurion now believe about Jesus Christ?
  • What does the rending of the veil demonstrate? (Read Hebrews 9:1-15; 23-28)
  • How does Jesus intercede for those who've crucified Him?
  • How do the two criminals differ in their comprehension of Jesus Christ?
  • How does Jesus demonstrate His absolute unselfishness while hanging on the cross?
Turning truth into prayer:
Ask the Lord to open your eyes to spiritual truth.