Revelation 3:18: So You Can See

"Put ointment on your eyes so you can see." The passage doesn’t tell what one will see once the ointment heals the blindness. By comparing other Revelation passages, I will give two suggestions for what a newly sighted Christian might see.

My first suggestion: John wrote that he saw "a new heaven and a new earth," and in that new heaven and earth, "God himself will wipe away all tears from our eyes" (Revelation 21: 1, 4).

I remember moments of great sadness, usually when someone close to me died or left, when I was blinded by tears. Then there were extended moments, months and even years, when the aftermath of traumatic "death, sorrow, crying, and pain" (the things John said God will take away) continued to blind my thinking and the eyes inside my mind. Perhaps, more than we think, we are blinded by our tears. Perhaps a newly sighted Christian will by faith catch glimpses of a new heaven and a new earth where tears don’t cloud our senses.

My second suggestion: John mentioned "the faith of Jesus" in connection with "the commandments of God" (Revelation 14:12).

When I think of eyes or sight in connection with God’s commandments, I invariably think of Psalm 119:18 where the psalmist wrote "Open my eyes so I can see wonderful things in your law."

I remember times when I used the law to whip myself or punish others. I was blind to so many positive things I now see in the law: the wonderful picture of Jesus, the enticing picture of what I may become through the power of Jesus, the empowering picture of what I actually am right now in Christ, the affirming picture of how I may see others even when they don’t act that way. I can use the words of the ten commandments to paint a picture on my mind’s eye that corresponds to God’s will. Perhaps a newly sighted Christian will catch glimpses of how the "faith of Jesus" works "the commandments of God."

"Put ointment on your eyes so you can see," and so you can have "the faith that Jesus had."