Thursday, February 28, 2013

How Sweet the Sound

Amazing Grace!
How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost 
but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.
"Amazing Grace"
by John Newton

When God promised He would send someone to give sight to the blind, He didn't only mean literally. Certainly, Jesus gave people physical sight on more than one occasion, and He'll restore everyone's sight one day. But He also opened our eyes that were once closed to God by sin. As far as sin goes, there's no separation between the physical and the spiritual realms. Our souls are just as corrupt as our bodies: prone to sickness and pain. When Jesus died on the cross at Calvary and rose three days later, He solidified the healing of both realms for us by that one perfect sacrifice.

We will be raised one day with perfect bodies and perfect souls focused on God. That's what the people who saw Jesus' miracles got a taste of: calming a storm with a word, feeding a crowd of thousands with a handful of loaves and fishes, healing a paralytic so that he could walk home, and of course the forgiveness of sins. Those were all glimpses of the New Creation yet to come where everything is finally as it was always meant to be. Thanks be to God.

(NOTE: It's not grace that teaches our hearts to fear. That would be the Law).

"The crowd wondered when they saw
the mute speaking, the crippled healthy,
the lame walking, and the blind seeing. 
And they glorified the God of Israel."

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