By PASTOR ROD LAFEE
In the Book of John chapter 9 is the story of a blind man from birth who was given sight by Jesus. Jesus was walking by when he saw the man. The disciples wanted to know who had sinned, this man or his parents, that he was blind. Jesus answered and said neither of the parents but was born that way so that God could be revealed in him. Jesus then spat on the ground and made clay with his saliva and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. Jesus then tells him to “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” So he went and washed, and came back seeing. His neighbors and friends celebrated with him. They ask how this happened and he related the story of what happened. Then they said to him, “Where is He? He said, “I do not know.” His friends then took him to the establishment of the day so they also could hear what had happened. John 9:13-17. They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” Verse 18 tells us they did not believe what he had told them so they called in his parents to see if this man had truly been blind. The parents confirmed he had been blind and he was their son. So they ask him again and He answered them, “I have told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” And in verse 34 we find out they cast this once blind man out of their establishment and forbid him to ever come back. Later we are told Jesus heard he had been cast out so he went and found him to they could talk. Jesus asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” The once blind man answered and said, “Who is He, Lord that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking to you.” Then he said, “Lord I believe!” And he worshiped Him.
So which one are we? Are we like the establishment or are we like the blind man. Both were presented with the truth and each took a different path in evaluating the information. Both were in the presence of Jesus Christ, one received Him into their life and another rejected Him. Take some time this week and open to John chapter 9 and read the story for yourself and decide for yourself, “Who is He, Lord, that I man believe in Him.”