Hey! Aren’t You the Blind Man? | Part 2: Be Careful of the Questions You Ask Jesus
September 1, 2020
September 1, 2020
We know that blind people often develop a strong sense of hearing, so imagine the blind man’s reaction as he heard the disciples ask Jesus this question.
His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2)
What do you think the blind man was thinking when he heard the disciples ask this question? What was he feeling? Perhaps he thought, “Hey disciple guys, I know I’m blind, but I’m not deaf. I can hear you!”
As disciples of Jesus, we need to be oh so careful of the questions we ask Jesus.
Notice the disciples provided two obvious answers for Jesus. These answers were obvious and convenient, yes. But wrong.
Lots of people asked Jesus lots of questions in the Bible. The Pharisees asked Jesus a question about paying taxes. The Sadducees asked Jesus a question about the resurrection. John the Baptist asked Jesus, “Are you the Messiah? Or do we look for another?” The disciples asked Jesus questions about the end of the age and when the Kingdom of Heaven would arrive.
A rich young ruler asked Jesus a question, “Good Teacher, what good thing must I do to inherit eternal life?” The rich young ruler was a bit like the disciples here. His question presupposed what he perceived to be the correct answer. Dr. Bryan Chapell says:
“Jesus is walking down the road one day and a young man comes up to him, ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Now it sounds like a very safe question. It’s actually a landmine. What must I do to inherit eternal life? Already it’s about performance. It’s what must I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus responds with great wisdom, ‘Why do you call me good? Only God is good.’ You know the commandments. Don’t lie. Don’t steal. Gives them the list of the commands. And the young man immediately says, ‘All these I have kept since I was a boy.’ Jesus just said, ‘Only God is good.’ And two seconds later what does the man say? ‘Me too!’ In which case he gives himself the status and the stature of God. It’s just pure pride.”
When we think salvation is up to us, based on our own performance, then we, like the young rich ruler will walk away from Jesus sad.
As disciples of Jesus, we need to be oh so careful of the questions we ask Jesus, and we need to be careful not to provide our own obvious and convenient answers too.
When we talk to Jesus, when we ask questions of Jesus – in other words, when we pray – we need to be oh so careful of the questions we ask Him.
Lord, should I attend College A or College B?
Lord, should I take Job A or Job B?
Lord, should I preach or be in business?
Be careful now, disciple of Jesus. The answer Jesus may want to give you may not be College A or Job B; it may not be Finance or Ministry. He may have something totally different in mind.
Are you open to Jesus taking your question and reworking it according to His will?
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.