And Jesus said to him, You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you! John 9:37 NKJV
Jesus passed by a man who was born blind. His disciples asked “Rabbi who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.”
Jesus spat on the ground. He made clay with His saliva. Jesus anointed the blind man’s eyes with the clay. His eyes were opened. He could see. It happened on the Sabbath.
The man was questioned by the Pharisees. He could not tell them who healed him. He did not know Jesus by name. The Pharisees concluded Jesus could not be from God because He did not keep the Sabbath. They cast the healed man out of the Synagogue.
In ancient Israel people believed a righteous man could heal a person’s eyes with his spit. They did not doubt Jesus because He made clay with His spit and put it on a blind man’s eyes. They opposed Him because He did it on the Sabbath. It was against the law of the religious authorities to mix spit and make clay on the Sabbath. Jesus could have healed the blind man without doing so. Jesus did it to show He is the Lord of the Sabbath. Their religious laws have no authority over Him.
Jesus asked the healed man “Do you believe in the Son of God”. He answered “who is He Lord that I may believe in Him?” Jesus answered “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you”. Then the man whose eyes were opened by the Lord of the Sabbath said “Lord I believe” and he worshipped Jesus.
The Pharisees did not believe Jesus was sent by God. They did not believe God would violate their laws. They placed themselves in the position of being God’s gate keeper.
How could the Pharisees accept the mediator between God and man when they placed themselves in that position!
Jesus knew when He opened the blind man’s eyes that his spiritual eyes would be opened. Jesus saw into his heart. Jesus knew the Pharisees would be offended. He saw their hearts. He knew their deeds. He knew His act of mercy would further harden their hearts against Him.
After His new disciple made a statement of faith Jesus said “For Judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”
Jesus came to open the eyes of people who were born spiritually blind. He also came to harden the hearts of people who refuse to humble themselves before the Lord.
Jesus is calling us to humble ourselves before Him today! He is calling us to surrender our hearts to Him today! Jesus is calling us to worship Him in Spirit and truth everyday!
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