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If someone was to say to you, “These are the plans for the future: We will create man in our image and give them free choice to love or reject us… and they will reject us and side with our enemy… and you will have to die and give up your life… everything for them… and then we will get them back and gain glory for ourselves;” I wonder how many of you, myself including, would want to do it. Or how many would want to follow Jesus, if His first promise to them after He said, “Come and you will see,” was, I will show him how much he must suffer for My Name”?

What and how would we have to look and see that would prompt any of us to follow such a promise, except the way of love seen in the light of greater love, the love where one is prepared and does lay down his life for his friend? To try to see the Lord and His plans with the eyes of fearful, sinful men who are more concerned that they receive the praises of men and that their righteousness is defended and exalted, you would have to be blind first, just like the man born blind in John 9. Imagine this man, sitting for all those years in darkness, being accused by those who were supposed to be the experts on such matters that he is blind because of the sins of his parents or because of his own sins. Imagine what that man was thinking. After all, that is what they said and that is what they asked Jesus, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Firstly, note who asked this question. It was not the Pharisees or the teachers of the law, but the disciples who asked. Now this is the problem with disciples. When we see a problem, a man born blind, we want to find the cause of the problem rather than present the answer and see the opportunity that God has given for His word and power to be displayed. In fact, the very question we as disciples tend to ask, reflects more towards what the Pharisees and teachers of the law would ask, and it is always directed at the cause of the condition and what the sin was. As I said, those experts on this matter were not the Pharisees or the teachers of the law, but the very disciples themselves. They had not yet learned to see in a different light, in the light of love. Had they learned, they would have remembered when Jesus was sitting in a crowded house shortly after they were called to be His disciples, a group of rude men made a hole in the roof at the hour He was in and lowered a cripple towards Him. They would have remembered that Jesus made no enquiry of the man’s sin that had caused him to be a cripple, but as it is written: When Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” The Lord did not make mention of the sin that crippled the man, but rather saw the faith of his friends even though it is more than obvious that the man’s sin was also known to the Lord. And when Jesus healed the man, you will notice that those present, including the Pharisees who at first opposed Jesus, thinking, “Who is this Fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” …then said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

So the problem firstly is not that the blind cannot see, but that those who can see are blind. A blind man walking into a man who can see is not at fault. Rather, it is the seeing man who did not step out of the way to allow the blind man to pass who is at fault. The unbelievers, those who have never heard of Jesus Christ, and the enemies of Jesus, including the devil, are not the problem. The real problem is the disciples of Jesus. When they asked the question, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” they were the ones who actually sinned for they:

1. broke the fifth command and tried to dishonour the man’s parents and tempted him into dishonouring the parents by blaming them for his sins

2. accused an innocent man, for how could he sin in his mother’s womb that he would be born blind

Thus, when we are not able to see in God’s light, we speak, and even worse, do things that go against the things of God.

The devil cannot help but be our enemy, so do not insult him but love him. The devil cannot help but attack us, so do not resist him as the Lord said, “But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.” Those who do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God cannot believe because God has not drawn them to Jesus, so just preach the good news. If they believe, good… if not, you will witness the truth of God’s word that they stand condemned. Watch and be a witness of the truth of the Lord’s word and pray that God has mercy on them as He had mercy on you. And if they do not believe the Gospel, perhaps we did not present it with the full package, which is the message and a clear and simple demonstration of the power of God with signs and wonders following. If you will not buy a vacuum cleaner that does not do what it promises, why should you expect others to believe what you preach? The Lord did not and neither should you, for Jesus said to the Pharisees, “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins… I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”

And if indeed anyone does believe because you preach the Gospel, who drew him to Jesus? The Father. And who should be his counsellor? The Holy Spirit. And who should he listen to and follow? Jesus. Where do you feature unless that person is given to you to disciple? Where does it say that the new believers are to support you and give you their food to feed you? Did not Jesus say to the twelve, “You give them something to eat”? When did He ever say, “You sell them something to eat”? The truth is, how you look and in what light you look with depends on whether you have the power and the authority as Jesus did.

When Adam was first with God, he was given all dominion of the Earth and all its creation. “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the Earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” And he had the power to name creatures. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. But when he sinned, he lost that power and authority. What is sin? Is it adultery, murder, immorality, malice… or are they merely names that describe the act or thought so that we know what they are? But knowing adultery, murder, immorality or malice as sin does not tell you what sin really is. And until you understand what sin is, you will not understand and know its secret power, or indeed what the secret power of lawlessness is. The classic answer is ‘disobedience to God’s commands.’ That is good and correct as an answer until you encounter men like Phinehas son of Eleazar who killed a man and a woman and was commended by God, or Isaiah who walked stripped naked, or Ezekiel who cooked bread over dung, or Hosea who married a prostitute – all men of God, yet all men who broke the Law of Moses, some at God’s command and others out of their own zeal for God.

So, does power and authority come when you have fulfilled part of the Law or is power and authority something which is given and then lost because you broke the Law? Jesus had power and authority, which He never lost because He fulfilled the Law and received all authority after He finished His work. He began the work with His own authority and when He finished the work, He received all authority in Heaven and on Earth. And on that basis, He could command His disciples, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” Prior to that, He could not make disciples except from any of the Jews and that was why when He sent them out, He only sent them to the Jews, telling them to stay away from the Gentiles. He had power and authority over the Jews for He fulfilled the Mosaic Law, but not the universal Law of God to atone for the lamb that God slew for Adam. But after He became the Lamb that was slain, all of Adam’s children, not just the descendants of Abraham, became His as well.

So, as we learn to look correctly at sin, it is not obeying God only, which is seen in the light of fear and is doing what you were told, which is the role of a servant who deserves no reward, but true sin is failing to do what is right in God’s eyes.

When you look at the scenario correctly in the Light of Love, you will see that real sin against God was not that Adam ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but that he did not repent at all. He never said sorry.

The Light of Love teaches you to see what is right in the eyes of God and not what the Law demands of you. The Law highlights the sin, which is illuminated by the light of fear. “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” This is the fear of punishment. The Light of Love would have shown Eve the abundance of the Garden and there were many other trees just as good for food. The Light of Love would have shown Adam that his exposed nakedness was a shame to God but not to him. He would have been ashamed for God and not ashamed for himself.

Had the disciples learned by John 9, the question they would have asked would be, “Lord, which of us shall heal this man for Your glory?” They saw a blind man and the consequences of sin. Jesus saw a blind man and a preordained meeting by God to glorify God. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life,” which is “to believe in the One He has sent.” That is why when Jesus went back to him, He asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” So what was the right thing for the disciples to say, think and do? Enquire of the man’s sin or do what seemed right in God’s eyes?

When you do not learn to see with the Light of Love or in the Light of Love, when your eyes are filled with the good light, then like the Israelites, problems are occasions for you to question, test and doubt God rather than occasions for you to learn from God and of God. When they had come out of Egypt after walking across the Red Sea and seeing the Egyptians drown, they came to the waters of Marah and Elim. Instead of asking, “Moses, what are you going to do?” or “What is God going to do to give us water? Show us,” they said “What are we to drink?” Moses cried out and the Lord showed Moses, not the Israelites. And then the Lord made a decree and a law. “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you,” which is a predecessor to the command “Listen to Him [Jesus]” and do what is right in His eyes.

When Peter took Jesus aside and rebuked Him for saying that He must be killed and suffer at the hands of His enemies… “Never, Lord! This shall never happen to You!” he earned this rebuke, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Phinehas killing a man and his lover does not look right in the eyes of men, but right in the eyes of God. A prophet of God walking around stripped and barefoot does not look right in the eyes of men, but right in the eyes of God. A prophet of God eating bread cooked over dung does not look right in the eyes of men, but it looked right in the eyes of God when His people were secretly defiling themselves. A prophet of God married to a prostitute does not look right in the eyes of men, but looked right in the eyes of God when His people were prostituting themselves to other gods. A man born blind from birth does not look like the handiwork of God for God, but it does when that man’s blindness allowed him to believe in Jesus and avoid the fate of those who can see and yet are blind. The richest churches being destroyed by hurricanes does not look right in the eyes of men, but looks right in the eyes of God when they have not put Jesus’ words to practice. The poorest churches being decimated and killed and martyred does not look right in the eyes of men, but right in the eyes of God for theirs are the Kingdoms of Heaven and of God and more.

So, what would you have said to Jesus if you were there at John 9 without the benefit of hindsight, knowledge and understanding? You would have said the same thing and so on and so on…

So, as we begin to learn to adjust our eyes to this new but really not new light, the Light of Love, we must learn a few things first about ourselves:

1. Firstly, forget about the devil, the unbelievers and the heathens; they are not the problem.

2. Forget the rest of the church. They cannot help us, only distract us and delay us if we get caught in an argument about the comparative merits of our doctrines, methodologies and theologies. They cannot help us because they are as powerless as we are. You can sit and drink and talk with them till you drop dead, but they cannot raise you from the dead.

3. The Light of Love is not to show you your nakedness. No, the light of fear does that. The Light of Love is to show you God’s pain, shame and concerns. The light of fear could not penetrate the darkness God saved Jesus in, but the Light of Love could and God never stopped watching His Son who was fulfilling His word. God did not turn away when His Son became sin for our sakes. No, He just could not share that moment with anyone else and thus cloaked it in the deepest of darkness so that only by the most powerful of all lights could you see – by the Light of Love.

4. We have to look at ourselves correctly and see, or rather practise seeing (just as Richard Atkins had to learn to see again). We have to practise seeing that we still lack power, and power is the answer to our problems. To get more or to be trusted with more power, we must prove that we are trustworthy. Are we?

5. We need more practice. So we need more blind people, more lame people, and more sick people, more of everything to practise on. We need more practice in answering our actions, so we need more critics. We need more practice of witnessing and so on and so on… We need more situations whereby we can practise. So we must learn not to see problems as problems and start laying blame for the sin like the disciples asked, “Who sinned?” Who cares who sinned? All men are sinners. What we need to know is who has the answer. Who can open his eyes? How do we get it opened? How can we help people believe in Jesus if words alone are not enough?

6. Does anyone else out there have the answer? The truth is no. Therefore, stop disturbing them. Let them continue their search while we continue ours. Who cares who opens the eyes of the blind as long as someone does?

In adjusting your eyes to the Light of Love, you will learn to see opportunities where there are problems, and blessings where there are curses, and answers where there are questions.

Is there a perfect church out there? No.

Is there a church at full power now? No.

Does anyone know how to get a perfect church or a church at full power? No.

Can a big rich church stop a hurricane? No.

Can a small powerless church stop a bullet? No.

Can a million dollars change a city? No.

Can a large offering change a city? No.

Can a large crusade for a week change a city? No.

Look at the situation in the Light of Love. If Jesus turned up at any church, including ours, would He be perfectly pleased? No.

The Light of Love will show you the real problem, not the imagined problem.

Adam’s problem was not because he was naked. His real problem was that God’s image was naked.

The blind man’s problem was not that he had sinned or his parents had sinned. The problem was that no one had the power to open his eyes, much less forgive his sin.

The problem is not that the Gospel is not preached. The problem is that there is no power to show the Gospel in its true light, the love of God.

The problem is not that there are not enough believers or money. The problem is that there are not enough disciples who can be trusted with the power.

The problem is not that people do not want to listen. The problem is that they are being made to listen to the wrong person!

The problem is not that people do not want to obey God. The problem is that they do not know what the command is.

The problem is not that there are not enough religions or people who want to be holy. The problem is that they are not taught to be holy to Jesus.

And so on and so on…

The Light of Love is the Light of Truth, the Light of the Way, the Light of Life and the Light of God’s answer to all problems. It is only in the Light of Love that we can see the real problems and therefore ask for and be provided with the real answer. Now, “What do you see?” Do you see anything? There is nothing worse than a blind man who does not know he is blind.

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