When Jesus walked the earth, He performed many miracles, including giving a blind man his sight back. As I was reading John chapter 9 this morning, I read the story where Jesus heals a man who was blind from birth.
What I find so interesting is that everyone around Jesus, including His own disciples and the Pharisees, were questioning every part of this miracle.
Who sinned and is therefore responsible for this mans blindness?
How exactly did Jesus heal you? What method did He use?
Is this really the same man who was blind from birth? Can you prove this?
The people were so full of accusations, instead of looking at the beauty of a man who saw only darkness before and was now was able to see everything!
They questioned Jesus back when He was alive, and we constantly question Him today. In our insecurities, we as humans want everything explained, we want answers to everything. But why? How did this happen? For what purpose?
Questions can be very helpful in bringing understanding, but it is the motive behind the question and the nature of why we are asking that matters. Do we just want to know for knowing sake? Where does faith come in that God is bigger than our understanding most times?
Instead of asking questions out of doubt and unbelief, we can turn to the One who has all the answers and listen for His voice. When we seek, we will find!
Why did Jesus heal this blind man? Because He loved him.
Who sinned to cause this man blindness? Jesus says, “His blindness cannot be explained or traced to any particular person’s sin. He is blind so the deeds of God may be put on display.” (John 9:3)
What happened to the man who could now see? He was a fully new man!
“I only know one thing: I was blind, and now I see.” (John 9:25)
That is what happens when we have an encounter with the living God. We can’t explain it, nor should we feel the need to. The proof is in the change.
People who lived in the village with this blind beggar their whole lives initially didn’t recognize the beggar after he gained his sight. He looked like a whole new man, and he truly was!
When we ask God to give us a revelation, of His love, of His faithfulness or power or grace, and He gives it to us, we are left different.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
When you do encounter the living God, the truth is you will never be the same again!