In my personal Bible Study this morning (I hope you don't mind my sharing this with you), I read of the man, born blind from Birth, that Jesus healed. This was an amazing act! Consider, if you will, what this man must have lived through: not only was he reduced to begging to help care for himself (there was little to no work for a man born blind), he never knew what a bird looked like, though its song rang in his ears, hearing the voices of his parents, but knowing their faces only by touch, learning through teaching of God's mercy, but hearing some say that it was because of someone's sin that he was born blind. All of this wasn't lost on Jesus, whose own disciples asked the very same thing! In response to "Who sinned, he or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus said "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." Not only was this great teacher saying He wasn't cursed by God because of Sin, but now, Jesus was saying that the works of God would be displayed in him! Then, Jesus cleared his sight, and for the first time in his life, he could see! When this was done, it caused a controversy. This healing was done on the sabbath, and the leaders of the people hated Jesus for this. They told the man that Jesus was a sinner, because He didn't follow their rules. I love how the man responded (see below for the whole conversation): "“Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes." The Pharisees were so blind to their tradition, that they refused to see the works of God done by the Word of God right in front of them! How often are we also deceived in this way? God's work is done in front of us, and because it doesn't conform to our comfort or ideas, we deny it outright! It's time that we consider the works done, that we consider that God does all things for our good, and view it in light of scripture, not our traditions or what we're used to! Jesus was doing wondrous works, and yet because it didn't conform to their traditions, they condemned him, and those who received the miracles. We need to be careful, or else we'll repeat the same mistakes! John 9:24-41 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 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?” And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.
Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.