Friday, February 13, 2009

Who Is He, Sir?

In John 9, Jesus heals a man born blind. You'd think that would have been great news--at least the blind man thought so. If you read the chapter closely, everyone besides Jesus and the blind man had a negative angle on the event. The disciples asked who sinned that he was born blind. The rulers of the synagogue couldn't think of anything good to say about the miracle. Even the man's parents were more afraid of the synagogue leaders than they were in love with their son. They basically turned their back on him in front of the "influential" people. After arguing with the synagogue rulers, the man was thrown out. I guess he just wandered around a while in disbelief that this great miracle that changed his life was so easily tossed aside by others. That is until Jesus came up behind him and asked him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" What else could the man believe in? The world had rejected him. His parents rejected him. But God's own son sought him out and welcomed him. "Who is he, sir? Tell me so that I may believe in him."

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