Archive for August 7th, 2017

John 9

John 9 tells the story of the young man who was blind from birth.  He had lived as a beggar, sitting and asking those who passed by to give him money to live on.  One day, his lucky day, Jesus happened to come by.  Jesus asks if he wants to see, which got a big response yes, and Jesus spits on some earth and puts the mud onto this guys eyes telling him to go to the pool of Siloam and wash it off.  When he did, all of a sudden he had sight.  The young man had no idea who Jesus was, but he trusted and obeyed what Jesus said.  As he did, he was healed.

The religious leaders were all bent out of shape.  “Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes”.  They were completely focused on following the rules and laws they had put in place, and doing anything on the Sabbath was sinful in their eyes, even if it was doing good.  They went on the attack to try and discredit Jesus, asking all about what happened and who Jesus was.  The young man who now can see doesn’t have a lot of details, but says this powerfully: “One thing I do know, that though I  was blind, now I see”.

They keep probing and trying to trip him up.  He gets irritated and answers “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”?  Of course, that really gets them riled up and they seek to discredit Jesus and what He had done.  Of course no one of God would do anything like this on the Sabbath, at least according to their perspective.  And this young man who now sees, he was a sinner or he wouldn’t have been blind in the first place.  So he too can’t be listened to or trusted.  They even brought his parents in to make sure he was their boy that had been blind from birth, which they validated, but were also dismissed.

Jesus doesn’t really care about the religious leaders.  He cares about the young man He had healed.  He asked him what he thought of Jesus. The youngster said “Lord, I believe, and he worshiped him”.  Following Jesus isn’t complicated.  It requires that we get to know who Jesus is, and then just believe.  There were no classes, no training, no other requirements to be met.  What has to happen is that we meet Jesus, we believe in Him and receive the grace that comes through that relationship.  When we do, it will spring into worship just like it did in this case.  Do you believe?

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