Jesus warns us to be alert because one day He will return – “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Jesus instructs us to be doing the will of the Lord while He is gone. He says that punishment will be worse for the ones who knew the will of the Father and chose to ignore it than for those who never knew – “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” The Lord will hold those that He entrusted with much in the way of gifts, knowledge, and responsibilities to a higher standard.
Judgment is going to come swiftly upon the unbelievers and on those who are falsely professing Jesus’ name with no life of obedience, which is a sign of their false belief. But to the ones whose hearts are surrendered to Him, Jesus says, “stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are awaiting their master to come home.”
Jesus warns that believers and unbelievers will be divided, and this division will split even blood-related families. Just like Jesus told the Jews that their salvation is not based on their bloodline to Abraham, our salvation is not based on any relationship other than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jesus continues to heal on the Sabbath. Today he heals a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years and a man who was blind from birth. But once again the Pharisees are angry that Jesus “worked on the Sabbath”. So when the unbelieving Jews ask the formerly blind man’s parents who healed their son, the parents avoid answering the question “because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.”
Fear of man is a major stumbling block to professing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. As Solomon wrote, “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25). However, unlike his parents, the man who was healed by Jesus can not deny Him. So he responds to the religious leaders, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
Jesus comes to open the eyes of the blind to truth and light. Whoever trusts in Jesus and proclaims Him as Lord and Savior will have eternal life. But those, like the Pharisees, who hear the truth and reject Him, will forever remain in darkness. Keep reading. (Luke 12:35-13:21, John 9:1-41)