Read John 9:1-41
To parallel our last couple devotionals, the issue at hand today is still that of religion. When we get caught up with the “how” of Christianity rather than the “why,” we fall into the trap of religion. While we may still be doing good things on the outside, as we discovered yesterday, we become lukewarm, which is detestable to God. Around the time of Jesus, there were so many people who had fallen into the religion trap. The religious leaders of that time were so focused on the keeping of the Mosaic Law that they were missing the many things Jesus was doing and labeling them as blasphemous.
John 9 contains the story of Jesus healing a blind man. What started as just another miracle by Jesus turned into something greater when the religious leaders started to complain because the healing took place on a Sabbath, a day in which no work was to be done. The leaders came back and lectured the man asking Him who healed Him. The highlight of the chapter, to me, is verse 25 when they accused Jesus of being a sinner, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see.” This demonstrates just how much the religious leaders were missing the point. They were so focused on figuring out why Jesus broke the law, when in reality; there was a blind man whose sight was restored.
How do we focus ourselves so we do not fall into the religion trap? How do we focus on the “why” of religion instead of the “how”? They “why” of a relationship with God is a relationship that we can have with the Creator of the universe. The same Creator took on human form and came down to earth to live a perfect life only to be nailed to a tree for the sins of the world. The relationship with Christ is the focus of Christianity, not what we can do to maintain good standing with God. The truth is, we are never going to be able to do enough to somehow earn eternal life. It is only because of the grace of God that we are what we are and that is redeemed.
It is my prayer, that you wouldn’t get caught up into the “how” and you miss the “why.” Christianity is all about a relationship with Jesus!