2015-03-12 / Worship

Jesus meets the interrogators

(John 9:13-23)

Jesus had healed a man of his lifelong blindness, but He had performed this miracle on the Sabbath Day. Now, some overzealous bystanders brought the man to the Pharisees to inform against Jesus the Sabbath breaker (verses 13, 14).

First the Pharisees interrogated the man as to how his sight had been restored, and he recounted that his sight had come after Jesus put clay on his eyes and sent him to the pool of Siloam to wash. The Pharisees were confused. Jesus couldn’t be of God because He had broken the Sabbath. But, then again, how could He have performed such a miracle without being from God? (verses 15, 16).

They turned again to the formerly blind man and asked his opinion of Jesus. The man was convinced of Jesus’ power and said, “He is a prophet” (verse 17).

Now, the Pharisees suspected some kind of trickery. They called the man’s parents and asked them, “Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? (verse 19).

The parents acknowledged that the man was their son, but they evaded the question of his healing. He was of age. Let him speak for himself, they said. What they said was true; the man was an adult and capable of speaking for himself. But, his parents were taking the safe route. The Pharisees had built up fear in the people concerning Jesus, bringing them to believe that they would be put out of the synagogue if they confessed any kind of belief in Jesus (verses 20-22).

The Pharisees had their excuse not to believe in Jesus: only a sinner would work on the Sabbath. The parents had their excuse not to answer: our son is of age. But the truth is that Jesus does heal spiritual blindness.

We are born spiritually blind, with sin in our nature. Until we reach adolescence, we are the spiritual responsibility of our parents. Then we mature to the point that we are capable of answering for ourselves. If our parents have done their duty, we already will have met Jesus and will have been healed of our spiritual blindness.

Today, we live surrounded by interrogators. The doubt that they spread prevents spiritual healing. It is up to us believers to spread the Gospel so that the spiritually blind can be healed.

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