The Man Born Blind

The Man Born Blind

John 9:19-27
19 And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”
20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”
25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”
27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” NKJV

Here is the story of an unnamed man.  He has been blind from birth…he has never seen the light of day…he has only experienced darkness his entire life.  All these things led to an uncertain future…a future which held no hope.  I can only imagine some of the thoughts this man may have had.  Maybe thoughts like, “What’s going to happen to me when my mother and father die?  What then?  Who will take care of me?”  Not really something to look forward to.
But in the midst of difficulty and hardship, the incredible happened.  This blind man came in contact with Jesus, and because of that meeting, he was completely healed, receiving his sight.  Amazing!  But here’s a kicker.  This miracle that Jesus did “coincidentally” took place on the Sabbath, and since the religious leaders believed this to be a violation of the Law, they were pretty hacked off.  The Pharisees questioned the man about the healing, hoping to get him to say something that would entrap Jesus, but he gave them no ammunition.  So then they went to the ex-blind man’s parents, threatening them with excommunication from the synagogue if they would not give them some “dirt” that would help with their plans against Jesus.  But the parents told them to ask their son.  So back to the ex-blind man with their intimidation-tactics and accusations against Christ.  But it still did not work.  That’s when we read those incredible words that the ex-blind man spoke to the Pharisees. 
Whether He is a sinner or not, I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
What a statement of faith, and what a statement of courage!  No fear of the religious leaders, and no consideration for himself, but only heart-felt gratitude for the One who opened his eyes.  After this encounter with Christ, not only could he see, but he also received an infusion of God’s strength.  Remember the old “NO FEAR” brand of tee-shirts?  This guy could have invented the slogan.  What an example for us!
“One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”  He wasn’t anyone special.  In fact we are never given his name.  He’s just “the blind guy.”  But, oh, how Jesus changed his life.  And now there is only “one thing” that dictates the priorities of his life, and nothing would shake him from that declaration.
It reminds me of these words from the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:16.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…”
May we as men also distill our life down to “one thing,” and then live accordingly.  Whether we face persecution, or hardship, or threats, or recrimination, or inconvenience, or temptation, or maybe even the pleasure of all kinds of creature-comforts…may none of thosethings move us from our “one thing.”
Men…let’s keep our hearts focused clearly on Christ, keeping in the forefront of our minds that we once were blind, but now we see.  Previously blind from His love, His call, and His purpose…but now we see the One who has adopted us into His family.  I want to be numbered with those who are committed:
to live…
to proclaim…
to demonstrate…
to continually seek after…
that “one thing.”
May the “one thing” of our knowing Christ keep us steady regardless of the size of any storm we may face.
Blessings,
Gene Pietrini
“For if God be on our side, what matter maketh it who be against us,
be they bishops, cardinals, popes, or whatsoever names they will?”
– William Tyndale

 

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