John chapter nine is one of my favorite passages of scripture. If you’ve already read it you know that Jesus was going on his way when he came upon a man who was born blind. Jesus spits in the dirt, makes some mud, and tells the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. When the man washes the mud from his eyes, he can see! The fame of the miracle spreads and these who have watched the man grow into adulthood cannot believe it’s actually him but perhaps just someone who looks like him. He assures the people that it’s him and then tells them about the man who has healed him.
The man is brought before the Pharisees and they begin to question him about the healing because it had been done on the Sabbath. At first they question whether he was ever really blind. After assuring him that he was indeed blind, they begin to question the validity of the miracle because they cannot get past the fact that Jehovah God would condone a healing done on the Sabbath. As I’m sure you are probably aware, the Pharisees are completely wrapped up in the law and pretty much at the top of the list of do’s and don’t for them, are the rules concerning what can and cannot be done on the Sabbath.
Their problem is that because they are so engrossed in their additions to God’s law that they are completely missing the one who gave the law and it’s heart. Standing before them is a living, breathing, seeing, contradiction of their belief system.
Rather than evaluate their belief system, they deny the miracle that they see with their own eyes.
The part I like best in this chapter is when they begin to spout their error laden theology. Then this nobody, having been touched by Jesus, begins to present truth right back at them and they simply can’t handle it!
John 9:30–34 (ESV) 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.
I’m reminded of a couple of verses in Luke twelve…
Luke 12:11–12 (ESV) “And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
Ultimately, God’s truth wins out every time. During our time of fasting and prayer, let us allow the Holy Spirit to examine every part of who we are and bring us to a place where nothing is more important than the depth of our love and trust in Him.