Today’s Reading: John 9-10
Today’s Reflection: John 9:25
He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
The man had been blind from birth and was known to beg for money. So when the Pharisees saw the man walking along, completely healed, they couldn’t believe it. It was an accepted fact among them that one born blind could never be healed, so became very important to them to prove Jesus was not capable of doing this impossible thing. They detained the blind man and questioned him. They even challenged whether he had actually been born blind. When the man told the story of his encounter with Jesus, the Pharisees began to accuse Jesus, calling Him a sinner. Today’s text was the blind man’s reply. He clearly didn’t know much about Jesus, but he knew the impact Jesus had had on his life. This was the one thing he definitely did know.
One thing should be clear from the story of the Gospels: Jesus is not neutral. He is for the kingdom of God and against the kingdom of darkness. He is for blessing, and against the curse. He is for righteousness and against sin. He is for the world to come, and against this world and it’s ungodly ways. If Jesus was neutral during His earthly ministry, what was He crucified for?
When anyone encounters Jesus, it changes things. It changes things that we never thought would or could change. Jesus does the impossible. Jesus also provokes, challenges, impacts and clarifies. Most importantly encountering Jesus demands we make a choice: do we believe He is who and what He says He is, or not? We too cannot remain neutral. We each have to make a choice about who Jesus is and what He means to us.
What is the ‘one thing you know’ because of your experience with Jesus? What is the impossible He has done in your life? Have you let your experience lead you to believe and accept Jesus as your lord and saviour? And have you shared your life changing experience, your testimony, with others so they too can be changed?
If not, it’s never too late to start.
John 19:35 – He who saw it has borne witness— his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth— that you also may believe.