Healing from the Great Sadness

Healing from the Great Sadness

There is nothing more wonderful than seeing and nothing more horrible than blindness.

But I’m not talking about physical blindness. Some whose physical eyes can’t see can see far, far better than others whose head-eyes see just fine (John 9:39). It’s blindness to glory—spiritual blindness—that is so horrible, so impoverishing to the soul.

That’s because “the deepest longing of the human heart is to know and enjoy the glory of God. We were made for this.”1 To the degree that we do not see the glory of God, we live in the shadow-lands, wondering why our lives and affections seem so thin, why nothing satisfies.

Perhaps the greatest blinder of our spiritual eyes is our self-obsession. When we are blind to glory it’s usually because we have a lunar eclipse of the self, obstructing the solar Reality of God. We are so engrossed with the barren moon of self, which at best only reflects true glory, that we cannot see the true glory itself: the life-giving Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2).

And what we need is healing. John Piper writes,

“There is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self. Indeed, what could be more ludicrous in a vast and glorious universe like this than a human being, on the speck called earth, standing in front of a mirror trying to find significance in his own self-image? It is a great sadness that this is the gospel of the modern world.”

Our disordered souls will not find healing in more introspection. They need splendor; a splendor that is outside of us, that is far bigger than we are. Our souls need to see “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

That’s why John wrote Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ. It is a distillation of the New Testament revelation of Jesus Christ. It is Christ concentrate. It is a healing gaze at Christ's splendor. It contains such spiritual beauty that I place it among the top five books I’ve ever read.

Because this brief book (only 123 pages) is a window for both Christians and non-Christians to see the glory of Jesus, and therefore receive soul healing, we want to make it possible for you to give it away to those in your sphere of influence. So we are making it available in cases of 48 books for a donation of only $79. To order, just click-through to our outreach case specials at the bottom of this page.

“The healing of the soul begins by restoring the glory of God to its flaming, all-attracting place at the center.” May God use this book for the healing of thousands of souls.


1All quotes in this post, except for Scripture, are taken from Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper.

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Jon Bloom (@Bloom_Jon) is the author of Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith and serves as the President of Desiring God, which he and John Piper launched together in 1994. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Pam, their five children, and one naughty dog.