By Mike Gough
25 “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
At times, some people say they cannot be a good witness for Jesus because they don’t know what to say. They are afraid they don’t know theology well enough or they don’t have an answer for difficult questions. This passage which describes a blind man whom Jesus healed gives us a lesson in witnessing.
The Pharisees wanted to find fault in Jesus for healing this man on the Sabbath. They wanted the blind man to say something negative about Jesus. They even said to the man, “It was your eyes he opened.” The Pharisees didn’t want to believe that the man had really been healed and if by chance he had been, then they wanted the man to say it was on the Sabbath that Jesus healed him. The Pharisees even got the healed man’s parents involved. The parents knew if they said anything good about Jesus they would be thrown out of the Synagogue. They didn’t want to answer so they passed the question again to their healed son.
The Pharisees pressed harder. They desperately wanted to find something for which they could condemn Jesus. This healed man didn’t know much theology. He didn’t know all the fine points of theological doctrine that the Pharisees were pressing. He responded in the most honest way a person could. He said that he didn’t know the answers to all their theological questions. He said there was one thing he did know for sure, “I was blind but now I see.” There was no way the Pharisees could question that fact. He indeed had been blind and now he could see.
I think this is the best testimony that any person can give. I do think it is important to understand theology and this isn’t an excuse to not learn, but at times the best answer is the simplest one.
“Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.” When that is a true statement, how can anyone find fault with it?
Our Father, thank you for your grace that saves us from sin. Thank You for the way You have changed each life. We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior.
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.
17 Then 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.”
18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”
20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”
25 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!”
26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
27 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?”
28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”
30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.