Truth…really?

John 9:13-34

They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”

Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.”

Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.

They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?”

He said, “He is a prophet.”

But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”

 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;  but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.”  His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.  Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”

 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”

 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”

Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”

The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind.  If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”

They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.

 This man is not of God because he healed on the Sabbath:

They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”

Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.”

Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.

Is this an attempt to determine who Jesus is, where he comes from, in other words; who he is and where he is from, God or not?  At first it appears to be so.  There is no discussion about whether the ‘work’ of healing is good or evil.  There is no discussion to determine how this healing occurred, by what power.  Only whether or not a rule was broken.  Based only on traditional rules that had been elaborated upon by man and followed for generations, this act was therefore deemed not an act of God at first.  Many judgments made today follow the same line of reasoning.  They are built around rules that have become more man-made than God-given and are held to only because they have become tradition.  When long-held truths, traditions, are faced with a different truth there is conflict that reaches deep into man’s soul.  Often we find that when we think we are seeking truth  what we are seeking is to validate our own tenets.  There was more to the questioning than a genuine search for truth.

 The man who was blind was a member of a synagogue that is now finding the occurrence of healing for one of their own an embarrassment in their community.  To alleviate the problem, they try to determine if there is any fault in the man who was blind or in his parents.   

But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”

 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;  but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.”  His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.  Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

When we find ourselves faced with a situation that is uncomfortable, we often attempt to place the blame for it elsewhere rather than looking inward to see if there might be something within us that needs change.  God’s Spirit brings to us what is necessary to mold us into the person he wants us to be, one who can be used by him, one who is faithful to show the love of God for mankind. Spiritual blindness hinders the work of God.  The man who was blind and his story demonstrates to us the  importance of healing from spiritual blindness.  Spiritual blindness hinders our search for God’s truth.

 The man who was blind was physically and spiritually blind when Jesus passed by.  Jesus brought physical healing and stated that this healing was intended by God for His glory. A result that the questioning process brought upon this man was to convince him that Jesus did this by God and his spiritual eyes were opened to see clearly what was actually  happening in the process. He was able to see his own situation clearly and also the truth about the questioners.  Not a result  the ones doing the questioning wanted to hear.

So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”

 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”

 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”

Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”

The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind.  If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”

They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.

The Jews questioning, their worrying of the bone of who Jesus is or was, highlighted their own blindness.  Men who question with the intent to prove another wrong and find themselves backed  into a corner often resort to name-calling rather than seek out the genuine truth.  When those who are deceived by themselves to think they have truth and no one else does are faced with a possibility that what they believe might not be so, they often resort to name-calling, and in this place they throw the other one out. Truth takes many forms and there are truths presented as such that are lies in disguise. Genuine truth opens the eyes of understanding.  Refusal to see reacts against that truth.  We do not want or like to be found  wrong, even if we seek truth.  When we hold on to our own self-made or man-made ‘truths’ or judgments, we cannot find genuine truth.  Truth comes from God and it can open our eyes of understanding, however, we must be willing to see beyond what we already hold on to.  We must be open to be taught by the Spirit of God.  When we hold on to traditions and ideas of our own making we place obstacles in the path to understanding.  Lord, open our eyes that we might see your glory and receive your Spirit’s understanding and teachings.

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