The 9th Chapter in the Book of John is filled with dispute, with arguments, with debate, denial, doubt and disbelief.
Even the mama of her boy who’d been blind all her life who believed she was the one to blame refused to take joy in her son’s finally seeing.
She must have known it was Jesus, only a Messiah could accomplish what they’d all decided would never come true.
But, it was the Sabbath, what a rebellion!
He told the disciples, this is not a punishment of God displayed in this man, blind since his birth.
This is an opportunity, a time that will be seen as the display of God’s glory through me.
“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.”
John 9:3 NLT
And so, Jesus made a healing paste of dirt from the ground mingled with his spit. He covered the man’s eyes with the muddy medicine and told him, go wash it off now.
He came back seeing.
Others saw him and were all abuzz about the beggar that used to sit begging and was blind.
Jesus didn’t hang around to be questioned, noticed, gawked over or even credited.
He went away and the man who could see told them all about Jesus.
It mattered not that the Pharisees were disgruntled over the day of his healing.
It mattered not that his own mother couldn’t quite say for sure that she believed.
He was blind and now believed.
In all the beauty he’d not seen and now could see.
He believed in the Son of Man.
He saw what is possible, if only we’d believe.
Believe in God’s Son
Believe in the times he has shown us His glory.
Believe in the times He will when all around us there are no reasons to believe what we long to see.
“When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? ” The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.” “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”
“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.”
John 9:35-38 NLT
And he will leave us with our stories of our healing to the ones all around who may argue, doubt, refuse to believe…and we’ll not be silenced, we’ll maybe find it hard to believe, all the things we have seen because we believe in His beauty, divine.
Does it ever catch your eye
In an old man’s tears
A little girl’s smile
If it feels like a song
One that belongs
Stop making sense
Your weakest defense
Just quiet your mind
Let the world unwind
See we’re not alone
He makes Himself known
His own time
Life will surprise you
It’s what the world denies you
The truth is all around you
We’re not alone
He makes Himself known
In time, His own time
Does it ever catch your eye?
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