The makeshift trial in the streets of Jerusalem rattled on to a conclusion.
The smartest and most experienced of the lawyers among the leaders of the people had nothing in their training or experience to help them with this case.
Now the young man’s parents were standing by observing this cross examination of their son. Why didn‘t these blind leaders of the blind leave their son alone? Their lives had just been transformed by a miracle from God—not just their son’s life, but their lives, also. No longer would the daily care of a blind son dominate their schedule. Like most men of Israel the father most likely had a trade he could now pass on to his son. A whole new life stretched joyfully before the family and these knuckleheads were concerned because the deed was done on the Lord’s Holy Day. It seemed to them entirely appropriate that God answered prayers on the Sabbath. Their time on the witness stand was over and their son was on his own.
More than a Match
This did not worry them. They had raised their son in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. They knew how bright he was and the amazing insight he had developed into the behavior of those he could not see. They knew he was more than a match for the brightest of his questioners. The lawyer decided to take a “spiritual” tact.
“Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”
More absurdity! The young man locked eyes with the older man and stared at him before answering. He did not fall for the fake spirituality on display.
“Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know.”
The Pharisee thought he was making progress—yes, go on little blind boy!
“One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
The crowd erupted in laughter again. These were incontrovertible facts. The inquisitors wanted to know how it was done.
“I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again?
Do you also want to become His disciples?”
Such impudence! A young man should not speak to his elders that way. His parents’ shoulders shook with laughter they could not suppress. This was simply too much! The elders pled their tired case that they were disciples of Moses, a man they knew God had spoken to but this man?
“…we do not know where He is from.”
The young man, with new eyes now seeing as clearly as his heart had always seen, grew eloquent. He ridiculed them for their ignorance of such a prophet. He could not be a sinner for God would not use Him so. This healing had no precedent.
“If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
Realizing they had been bested by a blind boy, they insulted the young man and expelled him from the Temple.
He stood to his feet, straightened to his full height and motioned to his parents with a broad smile. They came to his side. The family locked arms and headed for home passing in full view of the leaders, struggling as best they could to hold on to their pride and what was left of their dignity.
So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.” The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.
Lord Jesus, You change lives! You changed mine. I shudder to think what my life might have been if You had not come into my heart. You saved me and set me on the Path of Life! You called me to serve You in specific ways and then You bless me in those very pursuits. I live in hope because of promises made to me in Your Word that will not fail. You surround me with brothers and sisters and mighty warrior angels so that my every step is secure. Whatever awaits me around the next corner is no surprise to You and I know You are the master of it. Thank You Jesus! Amen.
Jesus Lifted Me
1. I’m so glad Jesus lifted me.
I’m so glad Jesus lifted me.
I’m so glad Jesus lifted me,
singing glory, hallelujah! Jesus lifted me.
2. Satan had me bound; Jesus lifted me.
Satan had me bound; Jesus lifted me.
Satan had me bound; Jesus lifted me,
singing glory, hallelujah! Jesus lifted me.
3. When I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me.
When I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me.
When I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me,
singing glory, hallelujah! Jesus lifted me
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