Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Who Do You Say He Is?

"This man who opened your eyes—who do you say he is?” (John 9:17)

This time the religious leaders were angry with a blind man who could now see. Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath, and his neighbors (who didn’t all believe he was the same man) brought him to the Pharisees, who were determined to get to the bottom of the matter. This kind of miracle was surely not good news for them.

So they questioned the man’s parents to discover if he had indeed been born blind. His parents, intimidated by these powerful Jewish leaders who threatened to expel from the synagogue anyone who called Jesus “Messiah,” deferred the leaders’ questioning to their son.

The leaders then tried to manipulate the man himself to get the answer they wanted. “Give glory to God by telling the truth, because we know Jesus is a sinner.” (v. 24)

He replied, “I don’t know whether he is a sinner. But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” (v. 25)

He went on to say, “God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. Never since the world began has anyone been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, he couldn’t do it.” (v. 31-33)

His simple words of truth, spoken so boldly, humiliated the teachers of the law, so they cursed him and threw him out of the synagogue.

Jesus then found the man and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

The man answered, “Who is he, sir, because I would like to.”

"You have seen him,” Jesus said, “And he is speaking to you!”

"Yes, Lord,” the man said, “I believe!” And he worshipped Jesus. (v. 35-38)

Who is blind and who can see?

The blind man’s physical eyes and spiritual eyes were opened; so he believed and worshipped Jesus. Those who refused to believe in Jesus remained in their spiritual blindness.

Who do you say he is?

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