Friday, March 31

 John 9:13-34 (ESV)

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

18 The Jews[a] did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus[b] to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.)23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

These messianic signs of Jesus were predicted and prophesied.  For example:

In that day the deaf shall hear
    the words of a book,
and out of their gloom and darkness
    the eyes of the blind shall see. (Isaiah 29:18)

No one knew the Word better than the Pharisees, and yet when these signs were actually being performed it challenged their traditions and their way of life.  They were not willing to accept that.  As the former blind man is brought in for questioning, the possibility and fear of being excommunicated from the synagogue, the center of Jewish community, is so great that his own parents refuse to come to his defense.  Much like the Pharisees, his parents are clinging to their way of life.  The irony, of course, is that the former blind man is the only one who sees Jesus for who he really is.  Despite the repercussions, he cannot remain silent about what has happened to him; as he went on to proclaim Jesus was not a sinner, but truly from God.

Dear Lord, we thank you for our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ:  the Word made flesh.  We thank you for the scriptural truths Jesus fulfilled in the prophesies.  We ask that you remove any blinders we have in our own lives that are keeping us from fully trusting in you.  We turn to you wholeheartedly and ask that not our will, but your will be done.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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