Hey! Aren’t You the Blind Man? | Part 4: What Happened to You?
September 8, 2020
September 8, 2020
We know that God has spoken to Moses. But this man—we don’t know where he’s from.” “This is an amazing thing!” the man told them. “You don’t know where he is from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does his will, he listens to him. Throughout history no one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he wouldn’t be able to do anything.” (John 9:29-33)
As the story goes, the religious leaders summoned this man and began to question him. This they did multiple times.
Why do they do this? Because the religious leaders just can’t believe this no-name guy from Nazareth, Jesus, could have opened the eyes of the blind to see.
And so, the formerly blind man schools them oh so deliciously. Listen to him testify! “This is an amazing thing!” Was this youthful naivete, as he had just become a convert, or is this sarcasm?
Either way the religious leaders aren’t having it, and so they excommunicate him. They throw him out of the synagogue.
This formerly blind man testifies; he tells them what Jesus has done for him. His example to us is beautiful. If you have been redeemed, if Jesus has opened your eyes so that you can see, if Jesus has given you sweet salvation, then it’s your job to testify. Just tell others what He’s done for you!
Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, and when he found him, he asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, Sir, that I may believe in him?” he asked. Jesus answered, “You have seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” “I believe, Lord!” he said, and he worshiped him. (John 9:35-38)
You may remember that we looked at some of the most beautiful words in Scripture in John 9:7: So he left, washed, and came back seeing.
And here is one of the cleverest question/answer exchanges in Scripture. It too is beautiful.
Jesus asks the formerly blind man: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
“Who is he, Sir, that I may believe in him?” he asked.
Jesus answered, “You have seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
“I believe, Lord!” he said, and he worshiped him. (John 9:35-38)
He was able to see Him, because Jesus had given him the ability to see.
Jesus doesn’t save us and then leave us to our own darkness and devices.
Our first job as a Christian is to believe & worship Jesus. Our next job is to testify – tell others what he has done for us!
We were blind, but now we see! When people see us, they should say, “Hey, weren’t you the blind man? What happened to you?”
And now, it’s your time to answer.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.