Today we continue our look at Jesus Christ as the one and only way. This week we want to look at how there are often things God does in plain sight that still get missed by people. In other cases, these things are simply ignored in favor of some other answer.
Who is this Jesus?
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. John 1:10-11
This is a sad commentary for our world today. In Him all things were made, yet it is Jesus Christ who is often ignored. God was not pleased with the divide between mankind and Himself, so He did something about it; mankind still rejects Him.
When the Evidence stacks up
In John 9 there is a telling story that gives an example of this. Jesus encounters a man who has been blind since birth. We know that many people know that this man is blind and has been that way for as long as they know. The disciples notice him and ask Jesus about him. Jesus proceeds to make some mud with his spit and place it on this mans’ eyes. He then tells him to go and wash. The man does and he comes home with sight.
Do you think people would notice something like that?
His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg? – John 9:8
Some people wrote it off as some strange occurrence with someone who looked like this man. There was no way, in their minds, that the man could now have sight. This is the case until the man tells them that he is the one they are thinking of. The tone changes to a demand for answers.
“How then were your eyes opened?” they demanded. – John 9:10
The man very plainly tells them what happened. He provides a testimony to how he was healed. You would think that people would find that to be interesting and helpful for themselves. Instead they get wrapped up in the act being done on the Sabbath.
The bottom line is that it doesn’t fit into their nice little box of how things work. They are not comfortable with it. Their lack of comfort still doesn’t change what happened.
Finally after a short rant on the Sabbath they ask the man what happened.
Finally 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.””- John 9:17
They hear his answer, but they don’t like the answer. They go next to the man’s parents.
“Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?” – John 9:19
They recognized their son and acknowledge that he was born blind. What they are not sure of is how he got his sight. They tell them to ask their son because he is old enough to answer for himself.
Guess what happens next. They go and ask the man again. They compel him to give glory to God and tell the truth about this man. The response is a pivotal point in this story.
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!” – John 9:25
He is not going to solve their debate for them. For him the evidence is in plain sight. (no pun intended) He was blind and now he can see. Whatever Jesus did must have worked just fine.
They then ask him again to tell them what happened. The reply is really the crux of the matter.
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?” – John 9:27
The evidence has already been before them and they can clearly see it. It is now up to them to decide whether they will accept it or not. Unfortunately for the crowd here they were too caught up in the religion and missed out on what Jesus had done.
We all have a story of how God has worked in our lives. There are events that take place that make no sense unless God did them. Even with all the evidence and testimony, many people will not accept the answer. Instead they ask the same question over and over again looking for a different result. The truth is always true, so the answer stays the same. For another article I wrote revolving around my children and this read “I don’t know it all, but I know Jesus.”
I hope you have a blessed day of worship!