Denying the Power of God

“As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”

We always want to atach sin to someone illness, but it is not always the case.

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes.

He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”).

TOTAL DISBELIEF: We say we believe God and that He is able to handle anything until the humanly perceived unbelievable occurs.

He obeyed! So the man went and washed and came back seeing! His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!” But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!” They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?” He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!” “Where is he now?” they asked. “I don’t know,” he replied.

Now one would think that the religious leaders should know better. After all, they know all about the power of God. They have read about it in the Torah for decades, BUT…

Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees, why because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him. The Pharisees asked the man all about it.

So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.

Their response? How many times has God sent someone to us or to our places of worship, or into our lives to help us bring about change in our lives and we have refused to believe them, but more to the point, refused to believe that He could have sent such a one as this?

Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?” The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.”

They still cannot believe that God healed the man through the one whom He sent – Jesus!

The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents. They asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?”

His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born blind, but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.”WHY? His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. That’s why they said, “He is old enough. Ask him.”

So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.”

Can you believe it? Oh God did this, but He could never have done it through a  – perceived human instrument. Let’s set aside the fact that Jesus Christ is the very Son of God and could not possibly be a SINNER. However, He broke all of the traditions of the religious establishments. Their traditions were more important than placing their hearts and belief in the Messiah. What traditions do we hold so dear that we are willing to call a “sent” one, whom God has sent to help us see Him as the Glorious One, a sinner, not a part of our perceived levels of expectation etc.,

“I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” “But what did he do?” they asked. “How did he heal you?” “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?”

Here is the clincher. They know more than he does because they have some form of knowledge that he does not have. Well, the bottom line here is that they were the established religious leaders. This person’s healing was about to topple their apple cart and they were not having it. It is easier to “keep things as they are” rather than accept the fact that God has the power to bring about change and that he will use anything and anyone to open our eyes to that change.

Then they cursed him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.” “Why, that’s very strange!” the man replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from?

Seriously, did they understand who and what God is? Look at their words!

We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.” “You were born a total sinner!” they answered.

“Are you trying to teach us?”

There it is. There it is the pride and pomp of their positional “knowledge. After all, they were trained to be leaders. They know all about leading. This chap knew nothing, came from nothing and was worth nothing but God healed him! However, they healing came from a “nobody” a non-pharisee. A perceived non-religious leader!

And they threw him out of the synagogue.

When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? ”

The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.”

“You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”

“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.

Why did Jesus come into this world?

Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”

And the response of the religious leaders?

Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?”

Jesus’ response…

“If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.” ‭‭John‬ ‭9:1-41‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When we place ourselves upon the pedestal of being the ultimate religious leader. The leader who knows all and has solutions for all problems we have become a Pharisee. Only God knows all, sees, all and has a solution for all problems. He reveals those solutions, through the Holy Spirit, as people talk through their problems together.

When we feel that following the traditions of our institutions are more important than humbly accepting the blessings that God has placed in our lives it prevents us from seeing Him for who He is. Can we pray today that our spiritual glasses will be clear. That we can accept the fact that God will send us broken vessels to serve us and that it is His perogative to do so. Can e pray today that we will accept the fact that His love for us is more powerful than our minds and or eyes can see? Then we can go forth worshipping Him in Spirit and in truth. Then we can serve others with a clear heart. Why? Because we will be serving according to His will and not according to our own desires.

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I cannot remain silent I must declare His word and sing 🎶 praises to His holy name with my whole ❤️!

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