The Blind See, and those who see are blind

  • Jesus had just healed a man that had been blind from birth. The Jews, like usual were not happy with Jesus. In the process of officially condemning Jesus for doing this good thing, they interviewed the man that had been healed. The man's response is simple and logical.

    1. This amazing healing is unheard of. It hasn't ever been done-- John 9:32, "Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind"

    2. Seeing the great power demonstrated, Jesus must be from God-- John 9:33, "If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." He didn't heal by his own power. Healing is a good thing and not likely to be done by the power of Satan...if he even has that power. Therefore the logical conclusion is that Jesus was from God and did this miracle by the power of God.

    The Jews response to his logical arguments are disappointing, but typical.

    John 9:34, "They answered him, "You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us? And they cast him out."

    The Jews had already taken the position that Jesus was not from God. They had decided before the evidence was presented that they were right on this point. The Jews could not logically explain the evidence in light of the position they had taken. Therefore instead of accepting truth and changing their position, they accuse the healed man of sin and throw him out. After all, they were the teachers. Who was this uneducated blind man? Did he really thing that he would teach the Jewish leaders?

    If you are seeking truth, you will not hold any position so concrete that true evidence cannot sway you from that position. If true evidence does not sway you from a dis-proven position, then you are not really seeking truth and you are likely one who would rather attack the blind man than re-evaluate your own position.