See and Rejoice

Sunset over the Flores Sea

I’ve always loved this account in Scripture of when Jesus heals the man who had been blind since birth:

The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!”Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?”

The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.”The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents. They asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?”

His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born blind, but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. That’s why they said, “He is old enough. Ask him.”

So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.”

“I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” John 9: 15-25

 

The Pharisees dismiss the miracle because it didn’t follow the rules. Instead of rejoicing with the man who now has sight, they interrogate him.  They don’t believe his story.

Can you imagine what was going on inside the healed man’s mind as he stood there taking question after question.

You’ve got to be joking. You’re missing the point.  You want proof that this man Jesus is something special…here it is!  End of story. Stop and really look at what just took place in my life. I was blind…now I see!  So, if you’ll just let me be on my way now, I have so many sights I want to go look at for the first time.  I want to go see if they look anything like I’ve imagined in my dreams!

I then thought about this.  I wonder how often we make errors similar to the ones the Pharisees make here. God puts the evidence of what He is capable of accomplishing in our lives right in front of our face and we miss it. The miracle is right there but we’re too distracted trying to figure out all the details. We get wrapped up into the work of trying to connect all of life’s dots. We become preoccupied with our attempts to fit God into some sort of tidy box.

Today, I don’t want to miss the miracles God puts in my path.  I want to see them and rejoice!

One thought on “See and Rejoice

  1. Caleb Suko

    The thing that stands out about that text to me is that the Pharisees obviously had an agenda that completely blinded them to the truth of who Jesus was and what he was doing.

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