WHEN JESUS SHOWS UP
John 9: John 9:1-28
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.
When Jesus shows up, everyone of us is presented with the opportunity to partake of His nature.
The responsibility is ours what we make of Him. Acts 14:17 He does not leave himself without a witness.
As Jesus showed up in the scripture we read, a monumental miracle was done. Many actors were involved.
1st the beneficiary of the touch of Jesus. Miracle came looking for him
2nd The parents of the boy. They had lived with the sorrow for many years. Their problem defiled any known solution. No medical solution. They had lived with the sadness as their child grew up and manifested the trauma of blindness. Probably gave the child name to reflect their status. What was supposed to be a source of joy, had come with burden of remorse. Then Jesus was passing by.
3rd The disciples: Presented with numerous unique opportunities to see and partake of the different dimensions of divinity. Wave after waves of power was deployed as they witnessed. They remained spectators. It became routine to them. They dwelt in theology. They asked questions such as “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”
4th The neighbours. People in the neighbourhood. A motley crowd of people. They had known the young man all his life. They knew him as a beggar. They couldn’t believe their eyes. They could not celebrate with him, but chose to haul him before the Pharisees. Their motivation was to be in the good books of other people.
5th The Pharisees. They are concerned more about rules and regulations rather than seek to partake of the power of God that did the miracle. Their envy of Jesus blinded them and prevent them from acknowledging the goodness of God. Their attitude served the enemy more. With Christians like them, Satan did not need disciples. Verse 18 says, they did not believe that he had been blind. They somehow prefer to serve God but not God that can do miracles or set the captives free