Amazing grace, how sweet the sound … I once was lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see.
He had no concept of color, light or dark, shape or size, except for what he could touch with his hands. Tony had been blind all of his life.
There were times I inwardly struggled communicating with Tony. He was an intelligent and gifted man, but my ability to describe things apart from what I knew by sight was very difficult.
One day we were working to repair the church organ. Tony had graduated from a school which trained blind people to work on electronics. (Yes! Truly amazing). We were tinkering inside the organ to reach a certain switch. I adjusted the flashlight to a higher power setting to get a better view and asked Tony, “Is this the part we’re looking for?” He laughed. No matter how bright the light, Tony still couldn’t see.
To see, his blind eyes needed to be healed. He had to receive his sight; something he couldn’t gain by freewill or will-power, making a decision, positive confession, or begging. Sight was a gift wholly outside of himself.
The unsaved man is dead in his trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). He is blind to spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:14). Sin keeps the unregenerate from seeing the beauty and truth found in Jesus. Unless given sight through divine revelation by the will and working of the Spirit of God, the blind man is forever lost.
You can shine a light in the blind man’s eyes all day long, but only the will of God can make him see.
They do not know nor understand; for He has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand (Isaiah 44:18). “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed (Luke 4:18).