A well-known passage of Scripture states that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore (Heb. 13:8). That he is a constant throughout time, never changing, and always reliable. As the Apostles gazed into the heavens at the ascension of Jesus, an angel spoke to them, saying that this same Jesus would return. The same Jesus that healed the sick, cast out devils, raised the dead, opened up the eyes of the blind, and made the deaf ears hear, giving hope to the hopeless would return. The return of Jesus Christ is our blessed hope. That one day, we will be caught up in the clouds with this same Jesus who rose from the dead and now sits upon the throne as LORD and Savior.
The Jesus of the Gospels performed miracles, turned over tables, and encouraged followers to a life of sanctification. The Apostles continued this message in word and deed living godly and operating in the Holy Ghost's power. Jesus lived in their lives, and the Apostles had the same results as Jesus did when he walked the streets of Galilee. Often, today's Christians want the same results but do not live the same life as the Apostles have.
To live as the Apostles had is not to quit our jobs and put sandals on our feet. It is to believe in Jesus with the same doctrine the Apostle’s identified him with, by the same Spirit. Paralyzing the church today is the idol of “Jesus” shaped by humanistic perspectives and behaviors rather than the apostolic doctrine. Today’s “Jesus” teaches subjective truths, moral reasonings, and lasciviousness that compromises the holiness of the Word. He is a non-confrontational “Jesus” that wouldn’t dare to turn tables over but would suggests following one’s feelings to salvation.
Those who were physically blind in the Bible felt their way through life reliant upon others' alms that would assist them and direct them in the right direction. The Bible often uses physical impediments to express spiritual realities. Spiritual blindness is initially the result of one willfully ignoring the Scriptures and choosing to live in the dark. The Apostle John spoke that the Light came into the world, but men choose darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. When a person decides not to turn on the lights, they rely on feelings to direct their paths, beliefs, and relationships to guide them. The danger of this is the fact that emotions change and waters the seeds of self-deception. Self-deception is the justification of one's actions or behaviors based on how it makes them feel rather than reality. The ideology of "If it makes me feel good, then it must be good" is contrary to truth. Men choose to live blind because sin is pleasurable and gratifies the flesh, keeping the status quo is more comfortable, and ignorance is bliss.
The same Jesus that John the Baptist bears witness to, that John the Beloved wrote about, and the Apostles preached is the Light. The Light continually shines, but it is the person's choice to open up their eyes and see. A person cannot clean a house in the dark; they must turn the lights on to show where the dust rest and the stains reside. It is the Light that expels the darkness that gives illumination onto the path of salvation. The same God that said, "Let there be light," is the same LORD that has come into the world to give life to all mankind.