Volume 34 Number 4

What Happened?…

Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?” Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out. Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him (John 9:26-38)

This reading is the end of an awesome encounter with God. I hope you will read the whole account in John 9. It tells of a man born blind, who presiding culture considered was born into sin, coming into contact with God. A man who now finds himself overwhelmed by sight. He had to be asking himself, “What happened?” Considering this, it is no wonder that this man refused to be talked out of seeing and experiencing the presence of God no matter how much he was ridiculed and threatened.

The result is a picture of how Christ changes lives. However, I contend that every day, God gives us opportunities to experience similar, albeit less extreme, “What happened?” moments. It may be answered prayers, peace in turmoil, or any number of unexpected blessings; for God is just as present now as He was when He touched the man who was blind no more. The sad thing is that we often experience these moments and fail to recognize them for what they are– Christ bending down, making mud, and placing it on blind eyes. Maybe, we listen to the ridicule of the world instead of believing in His power? So, keep your eyes open for those moments when the mud is washed away and you are able to see. Just don’t forget to praise God when it happens!

Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks Church of Christ, Chickasha, OK


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