A Definition of Sin
Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.” - (John 9:41)
Jesus spoke these words to the Bible experts of His day. He had just healed a blind man and then preached, “I am the Light of the world.” He explained that this Light He is gives sight to those who know they are blind and it reveals the hard reality that some who are proud of the fact that they can see are actually blind.
Let me illustrate what I believe Jesus meant: There was an explosion in a coal mine that trapped miners for many days. When the rescuers broke through to the trapped miners there was much jubilation and celebration until one of the miners asked, “Why didn’t you guys bring any lights?” The rescuers had actually brought many lights. This miner had been blinded by the explosion, but he did not know he was blind until the light came.
The intriguing part of the verse above is the declaration of Jesus that if they were blind they would have no sin. This means His declaration that day was “No light, no sin.” By this He gave us a definition of sin. Sin is a rejection of the light that was brought into this world by the One Who was – and continues to be – the Light of the World. Our response to the light we receive is therefore critically important.
We can conclude that it would be better for us to not receive light than to receive light and not respond properly. You can see why Jesus taught that doing is more important than knowing (John 7:17).
Does the Light of the World cure or reveal your blindness?
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