Caught in the middle of those who think they know and those who don’t what to know!
John 9 v 13-34
This is a long passage to read.
As you read it think of the interactions between the Pharisees and the man born blind, his family and in particular his journey of discovering who Jesus might be.
They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided. 17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” The man replied, “He is a prophet.” 18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?” 20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” 24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” 25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” 26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?” 28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.
The Pharisees were divided. They were arguing, some saying “It can’t be God as it is on the wrong day!” and others, “It is too good not to be God.”
There are experts everywhere. God experts. They know what, when and how God does things.
The parents were intimidated. They would prefer to throw their son under a bus than be cast out of the synagogue and be shamed in their community.
Blood is not always thicker than water. Sometimes the greatest distance is in the family. “We are not getting involved!”
But look at the man! The tough season can prove a defining moment for us all. He was caught in the middle of those who think they know everything and those who didn’t want to know anything. However, something wonderful was happening, he was coming to realise the truth about Jesus.
He believed Jesus was a special man, a prophet, other than that at first it was a puzzle, he just knew he was blind but now he could see. However by the end he was convinced. Jesus is definitely from God! Thank you my enemies, thank you my disengaged family, you have made me see who Jesus is!