Reading Time: 5 Minutes
One thing I know.
John 9.24-27 – So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.”
25 He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?”
Let’s review the progress of what the formerly blind man said about Jesus. He said that Jesus was “a man” (verse 11), “a prophet” (verse 17), “I am one of his disciples” (inferred from verse 28), and “a man from God” (verse 33). With every attack from the religious leaders the man demonstrated his increasing faith in Jesus.
The hardness of heart of the religious authorities further solidified into complete blindness toward Jesus. They were first divided in their opinion (verse 16). Then they said, “We know that this man [Jesus] is a sinner” (verse 24). When they couldn’t get the man to deny the obvious fact of his healing, they drove him out of the synagogue (verse 34).
May God deliver all of us from the hardness of heart that can not accept the obvious working of God in our lives.
The formerly blind man has given us the perfect way to describe what Jesus has done for us to a doubting world. He said, “One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see” (verse 25).
A transformed drunk was once asked by his former drinking buddies what he thought about the miracle of turning water into wine (John 2). His answer was, “I don’t know too much about water to wine, but I do know that Jesus turned my wine into furniture for my house, a steady job and food for my family.”
“We do not know” versus “We know”
John 9.28-34 – Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”
30 The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
34 They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.
The discussion between the religious authorities and the formerly blind man degenerated into a Bible verse quoting match. The Pharisees leaned on their knowledge of and trust in Moses. The formerly blind man also drew information from the Scriptures.
How do you overcome a stalemate between Bible quoting people? A wise saying is, “A man with an experience of God is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.”
The religious leaders could not get this man, a new follower of Jesus, to deny the obvious miracle that had taken place in his life. When people begin to lose an argument, they resort to name-calling or power plays. The religious leaders resorted to power and removed the man from the religious life of their community.
Do a little self-examination today. Is your life with Jesus growing or is it on the decline? Examine your heart. Are you holding on to resentment, fear, some prejudice, or something else? Is this keeping you from seeing God’s miracles right before your eyes? What are you going to do about it?
Thank you God for the miracles you have permitted us to see. May we never take the miracles of your love for people for granted. Father, today there are hundreds of thousands in need of a miracle. We pray for the healing of corona virus patients.