This morning I read through John 9 again. It’s the account of Jesus healing the man who was born blind. I’ve always loved this story and have written about different aspects of it on many occasions.
I love how the man born blind faithfully obeys Jesus and goes to Siloam to wash. What a walk of faith that must have been!
What must have been running through this man’s mind on that walk? How many other times in his life had someone come along claiming they could heal him? How many times had he been disappointed?
I also love his straightforward responses when the Pharisees harassed, belittled and interrogated him.
They cared more about holding onto power than considering evidence that would point them in a different direction.
They cared more about their long standing interpretation of law than carefully or humbly considering another explanation.
They refused to believe the evidence staring them in the face, evidence that was at that very moment looking them straight in the eyes and saying “I was blind…now I see.” What more proof do you need?
However, this morning, it was the first few words of verse 35 that caught my attention.
“When Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, He found him…”
I read those words this morning and thought...Jesus will come find us when others reject us.
In other words The Truth will intentionally come looking for us when others stubbornly or painfully dismiss us.
Fear and puffed up pride dismisses truth but humility looks for and embraces truth.
If you think about it, the man who had been healed was simply sharing his story. Plain truth. Nothing more. Nothing less.
He didn’t feel the need to elaborate or embellish or defend his new found sight. Truth doesn’t require all that extra fluff. It’s like the man was saying. This is my journey. You can take it or leave it. I’m not going to expend any energy trying to prove it to you.
I love what happens next. Though the religious leaders callously rejected him, Jesus did not.
Truth tracked him down. Truth affirmed and validated his journey. Truth invited him, welcomed him, embraced him.
“When Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, He found him and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
“Who is He, Sir, that I may believe in Him?” he asked.
Jesus answered, “You have seen Him; in fact, He is the One speaking with you.”
“I believe, Lord!” he said, and he worshiped Him.
Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.”
Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and asked Him, “We aren’t blind too, are we?”
“If you were blind,” Jesus told them, “you wouldn’t have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see’—your sin remains.” (v 35-41)