“Dost thou believe on the Son of God?” John 9:35
Jesus and his disciples are walking and talking. They see this man who is blind. They are aware that he has been blind since birth. The disciples asked Jesus if it was this man who sinned, or his parents?
Jesus answered them saying that it was neither the man, nor his parents, who sinned. He was blind so that God could manifest His work in him.
Then, Jesus spits on the ground, and makes clay from the ‘spittle’, and anoints this man’s eyes with it. Next, Jesus tells the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The man immediately goes off to the pool to wash.
The best part of this story is that the man washes in the pool and receives his sight! Blind since birth, and now he can see!
Then the fun begins. His neighbors and family can’t even believe he is the same man. They ask him how this happened? He tells them, but they don’t know what to think, so they bring in the religious leaders, the Pharisees.
The previously blind man tells the Pharisees his story, just like he did with his friends and neighbors. The Pharisees have a hard time believing this man was ever blind, and they call for his parents, and have them confirm his blindness.
If you read this story, it is funny, because the Pharisees are having such a hard time with this miracle. The man’s parents try to tell the Pharisees that this is their son, but they don’t know how he can see. They feared the Jews, and they were afraid of being ex-communicated from the synagogue. They know a miracle happened, but they might get thrown out of the church if they acknowledge that Jesus did something this amazing.
The young man is questioned again, and tells the Pharisees that he didn’t know if the one who healed him was a sinner, but one thing he did know, was that he was blind, and now he can see!
The Pharisees add more questioning, the how, when, where, why, type of questions. They find fault that this man’s healing was on the Sabbath.The young man is getting frustrated. He is happy he can see, and the Pharisees are treating this event like a Sabbath Day infraction of the law.
Jesus finds out what is going on, and when he finds the man who was blind, but now sees, He asks him if he believes in the Son of God?
The man answers and says , Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on him?
And Jesus says, “Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.”
The man does believe, and he worships the LORD!
Jesus continues in conversation with the man telling him that He came into the world for judgment, that they which see not, might see; and they which see, might be made blind.
The Pharisees were nearby, and they heard these words, and asked Jesus if they were blind also?
Jesus told them that if they were blind, they would have no sin, but since they said they could see, their sin remained.
This story has a lot of interesting things in it.
Do we witness for Christ, no matter what other’s think? Do we fear our Church status, more than our Christ status? Do we believe on the Son of God, or is it too hard for us to accept what He’s done? Are we blind with religion, or can we see, because God has given us spiritual vision?
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of sight. Help me to see correctly, and follow You in truth. There are a lot of Pharisees, even today, who try to discount your miracles, and find ways to water down faith. Help me to stay focused on You, Lord, and worship You only! I pray for workers for the harvest, and for Your mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Amen.