The Former Blind Man

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Contributed by Brian Shifflett, Worship Pastor at Image Church.

Since our church has been doing an in-depth study of Luke 15, my observations of just how self-righteous the religious leaders of Jesus’ day have intensified!  Take 5 minutes to read through John 9.  This is the story where Jesus literally causes a blind man to see.  There is much to be gained out of this passage, but since we have been talking about “elder brothers” recently, I want to focus in on verse 34: “They (the religious leaders) answered him, ‘You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?’ And they cast him out.”

For a second time, this man who was healed from his blindness is trying to tell the religious leaders that Jesus must be divine.  Now the man makes a pretty good point in verse 32-33 when he says, “Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind.  If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”  I’m totally tracking with this guy.  If I saw a man rub mud on another dude’s eyes and cure his blindness, I would think this man must be from God too!  But the religious leaders will not hear any of it.  Here is what convicted me from their response in verse 34:

If someone’s life has been transformed by Jesus, their story is worth listening to!

The religious leaders didn’t think they could learn anything from this man.  They even kicked him out of their place of worship.  They believed that their understanding of who God is, was much superior than this former blind man’s.  All the blind man believed was that Jesus changed his life, and he wanted everyone to know.  I encourage those of you who have a story about how Jesus changed your life to tell it!  I challenge those of us who think we know all there is to know about God to listen to those stories; that we might become more in awe at the miraculous work of Jesus.

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