I have seen hearts broken on the rocks of unbelief; Christians weeping for the souls of loved ones who openly reject faith in Christ.
Only Jesus can see into the hearts of those who are beyond saving. You and I are not capable of making such judgements. Though we may clearly see the rotting fruits of faithlessness, we humbly pray in hope that the sinner turns to the Lord before it’s too late—we did, so can they.
Nobody believes that they are blind to truth. All of us consider ourselves first-grade graduates of wisdom; people ready to attack falsehoods and defend facts. When someone suggests that our eyes are blind to reality, it is not only taken as an insult, it is taken as proof that they are the blind, not us!
Jesus did not shy away from accusing his detractors of blindness. He said to the man he had healed of blindness:
“For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind” (John 9:39).
Jesus was speaking of physical healing to the formerly blind man, but spiritual blindness of some eavesdropping Pharisees standing nearby. In their refusal to believe in Jesus, even though the man who he had healed of blindness was standing right there, they chose to fulfil Isaiah’s prophecy: “Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving” (Isaiah 6:9).
In fact, the very parables that Jesus told were designed to bring light to those who saw their spiritual darkness, but darkness to those who believed they possessed spiritual light (Matthew 13).
If a man wants to believe in Jesus, he will see the Light for who He is. But if he doesn’t want to believe in Jesus, he will call darkness light, and the Light darkness.
Thus, the urgency of Jesus’ call to those walking with the spiritually blind:
“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).