John 9:18–23 (ESV)
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind (Part 3)
18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”
20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because
they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
Have you ever been angry with someone, yet everyone you talk to paints a different picture of that person. They tell you how honest he/she is and that this person is a person of integrity. After you hear this from enough people, you should
start rethinking your own position to make certain you are not the person with the problem. Too often we are blinded by what we think instead of what is right. I know in the ministry, I have some friends that are pastors, and when I need a reality
check, I go to them to see if I’m wrong or if I’m in the right. The only person who was right all the time is the one who is being persecuted in our story. Everyone else makes errors in judgement. It is great when we can take
a step back and look at someone from a different perspective. As a Christian, we need to be doing this all the time... because we are to be forgiving. We are to love one another... our brothers in Christ as well as our enemies. When someone
goes and starts talking to others about what they did, it becomes gossip and is also a violation of God’s Ten Commandments, “Thou shall not bear false testimony against thy neighbor.” This same thing is going on with the Jews... they
don’t believe Jesus and have become blind to his miracles. When he performs miracles that truly are miraculous, they quickly discount it and try to find others that will support them. The miracles speak for themselves. If they would,
or could, step back and take a reality check... they would see that Jesus really is the Son of God. The miracles attest to his authority.
In the book of Acts, we see a rabbi stepping back and taking
a reality check. It is found below.
Acts 5:33–39 (ESV)
33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted
to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about
to do with these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up
in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man,
it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!”
I pray: O Lord, too often we need to take a reality check instead
of digging ourselves deeper into quicksand. Give me wisdom and discernment to determine right from wrong. I pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me and the Church through this fallen world. Forgive me when I sin and turn me to your guiding light.