John 9:24-33

In John 9:24-33 the Jewish leaders continue to probe the former blind man about exactly what has happened.  They grilled him once, then called in his parents, and now have put this healed guy on the hot seat again.  “They called the man back a second time—the man who had been blind—and told him, Give credit to God. We know this man is an impostor.” The leaders refuse to let his story go.  They can’t possibly allow the common people to believe that Jesus not only heals, but is the Christ.  That would completely upset the apple cart of their livelihood and the power structure they held so dearly.

But this healed sinner holds his own.  “He replied, “I know nothing about that one way or the other. But I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see.” The man born blind doesn’t know everything about Jesus, but he does know how Jesus has touched his life. This is an irrefutable argument. How can they argue against what Jesus did in this man’s life?  This is a critical lesson for all of us to grab onto in how to effectively share the gospel with others.  People can argue about scripture and it’s interpretation all day long.  But no one, and I mean no one, can be as qualified to talk about what has happened in your life as you are.  We effectively share the gospel when we simply share what Jesus has done in us and through us.  That’s what this formerly blind man did before the religious leaders.

They immediately focus on the ‘how’ again.  “They said, What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” They were missing the point completely, but trying to find some way to discredit what Jesus had done.  The blind man said “I’ve told you over and over and you haven’t listened. Why do you want to hear it again? Are you so eager to become his disciples?” That was a low blow to the leaders.  How dare this worthless sinner make any statement that would appear to place them in the camp of wanting to follow Jesus.  They lash out quickly in response.  “With that they jumped all over him. You might be a disciple of that man, but we’re disciples of Moses. We know for sure that God spoke to Moses, but we have no idea where this man even comes from.”

But this former blind man, whose life has been totally changed, stays true to his story and the course.  “The man replied, This is amazing! You claim to know nothing about him, but the fact is, he opened my eyes”!  He merely tells the truth, of which he is the expert on his own life.  There is no denying what he has experienced and the life changing thing that Jesus did.  But then he goes on to give them a dose of truth as well – he preaches a sermon about the God who has healed him.  “It’s well known that God isn’t at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone who lives in reverence and does his will. That someone opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been heard of—ever. If this man didn’t come from God, he wouldn’t be able to do anything.”  This simple blind man refutes the entire lot of religious leaders and deals with them head on.  He knows he will be excommunicated because of what he said, but it was truth and he wasn’t going to back down.  Are you that committed to Jesus?

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