There are many religious folk in the world. Many of them think they are seeing, even though they are blind. My reading today was John 3 through 16, and what wonderful words I read this morning. It was mostly the words of Jesus.
When Jesus spoke in chapter 6 of “eating” His flesh, and “drinking” His blood many of those who were following Him went away. The sayings were too hard for them. They were blinded by their dull and unbelieving minds.
In chapter 9 Jesus heals a man who was born blind. This, at least by human standards, just did not happen. If a man such as Jesus did it on the Sabbath day that made matters even worse. Hear the act as the Scriptures declare it;
“And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked him, saying, ‘Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam,’ (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.” John 9:1-7 (KJV)
It all began with the disciple’s question about “Who has sinned?” He then, made clay, and anointed the eyes of the blind man then, told him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. The man did just as Jesus had said, and now he sees.
Then the religious folk get upset, again, because this took place on the Sabbath day. These men, just do not get it. You do not do good on the Sabbath day – you do nothing. Now, that is my sarcasm coming out. These men confront the blind man who now sees, and they ask him “how he had received his sight”. “He put clay on mine eyes, and I washed, and do see” (v.15).
This now seeing man is not intimidated at all by this religious mob. He speaks very forthrightly of God, and His healing.
“Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, ‘Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.’ He answered and said, ‘Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.’ Then said they to him again, ‘What did He to thee? how opened He thine eyes?’ He answered them, ‘I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be His disciples?’ Then they reviled him, and said, ‘Thou art His disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is.’ The man answered and said unto them, ‘Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet He hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, He could do nothing.’ They answered and said unto him, ‘Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us?’ And they cast him out.” 9:24-34
I just love this part in here where the man tells them, “Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, He could do nothing.” In looking at this he puts them in a very unbecoming situation. Because of His faith they cast him out of the temple and worship there.
When we read the gospel of John we ought to very clearly see that Jesus is the incarnation of God – God in human flesh, the God/Man, the Ancient of Days. Who is Jesus to you?
-Tim A. Blankenship