Pharisees interrogate the blind man
It is hard to know if you can trust a person. I have been working with a guy that I really liked. Unfortunately, I found out I could not trust him with finances. It was a hard lesson. The lesson for me is that I need to look at the fruits of people. What has their life produced?
The lesson for me is that I need to look at the fruits of people. What has their life produced?
The story of a man born blind who was healed on the Sabbath (Jewish Sunday). According to the leaders you could not work on a Sunday. So what Jesus did was wrong in their eyes. But over and over again, Jesus’ life makes clear that he is not about rules, but showing God’s character: caring about people, showing his love.
The healed man is being called to the stage two times. The leaders don’t want to believe the man. He becomes tired of the interviews. He says, look at what happened, I was blind and now I can see. Look at the fruits of this act! Jesus must be someone special. After he pushed them that they might become followers of Jesus too, he is thrown out.
And then: Jesus meet the healed man again and he comforts him. This is such a clear sign of Jesus’ character. He is really interested and involved in people.
If you deal with things in your life, entrust yourself to Jesus. He will show his grace and peace to you. You will see the fruits of him in your life.
Pharisees interrogate the blind man
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
13 Then they took to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 The day that Jesus made the mud and cured him of his blindness was a Sabbath. 15 The Pharisees, then, asked the man again how he had received his sight. He told them, “He put some mud on my eyes; I washed my face, and now I can see.”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “The man who did this cannot be from God, for he does not obey the Sabbath law.” Others, however, said, “How could a man who is a sinner perform such miracles as these?” And there was a division among them. 17 So the Pharisees asked the man once more, “You say he cured you of your blindness — well, what do you say about him?”
“He is a prophet,” the man answered.
18 The Jewish authorities, however, were not willing to believe that he had been blind and could now see, until they called his parents 19 and asked them, “Is this your son? You say that he was born blind; how is it, then, that he can now see?” 20 His parents answered, “We know that he is our son, and we know that he was born blind. 21 But we do not know how it is that he is now able to see, nor do we know who cured him of his blindness. Ask him; he is old enough, and he can answer for himself!” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, who had already agreed that anyone who said he believed that Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. 23 That is why his parents said, “He is old enough; ask him!”
24 A second time they called back the man who had been born blind, and said to him, “Promise before God that you will tell the truth! We know that this man who cured you is a sinner.” 25 “I do not know if he is a sinner or not,” the man replied. “One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I see.” 26 “What did he do to you?” they asked. “How did he cure you of your blindness?” 27 “I have already told you,” he answered, “and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Maybe you, too, would like to be his disciples?” 28 They cursed him and said, “You are that fellow’s disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. 29 We know that God spoke to Moses; as for that fellow, however, we do not even know where he comes from!” 30 The man answered, “What a strange thing that is! You do not know where he comes from, but he cured me of my blindness! 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners; he does listen to people who respect him and do what he wants them to do. 32 Since the beginning of the world nobody has ever heard of anyone giving sight to a person born blind. 33 Unless this man came from God, he would not be able to do a thing.” 34 They answered, “You were born and brought up in sin — and you are trying to teach us?” And they expelled him from the synagogue.
35 When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 The man answered, “Tell me who he is, sir, so that I can believe in him!”
37 Jesus said to him, “You have already seen him, and he is the one who is talking with you now.” 38 “I believe, Lord!” the man said, and knelt down before Jesus.
39Jesus said, “I came to this world to judge, so that the blind should see and those who see should become blind.” 40 Some Pharisees who were there with him heard him say this and asked him, “Surely you don’t mean that we are blind, too?” 41 Jesus answered, “If you were blind, then you would not be guilty; but since you claim that you can see, this means that you are still guilty.”