Full Disclosure: This is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. So if I get hyped, you’ve been warned!
This chapter begins with a blind man and a question. Why was this man born blind? Was it sins of his parents? His sin? Why would God allow this? Jesus answers so simply.
“That the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
There are things that happen in our lives that we want answers for, we need it to be justified. Sometimes these events are caused by others, caused by nature, caused by our own actions. And the aftermath, big or small, is so hard to deal with. But ONE THING we can do is let God take those hard, broken, confused pieces and do what He will. Make it a part of your testimony, help comfort others with it, be reconciled, guide others… God can do so much more with our questions, with our situations, than we can imagine.
Jesus made a clay salve for this man’s eyes and told him to go wash. We know the man was then able to see. This occurred on the Sabbath, which we have seen before is a major no no in the Jewish community, and all of his neighbors were very shocked to see this man who had been blind since birth suddenly receive sight. They questioned him, and then took him to the Pharisees who of course would love to use this Sabbath day healing as a chance to “get” Jesus.
The Pharisees begin questioning the man, who answered simply and factually. They didn’t believe him and called his parents in. They were so afraid of getting kicked out of the synagogue that all they did was confirm that the man was their son and blind from birth. They call the man again. He answered simply again, “I was blind, now I see.” That wasn’t good enough for the Jews. So the young man hits them hard with a speech defending Jesus to these Jews, at the risk of being outcast from the synagogue.
And they did cast him out. Now this is my favorite part. While that man didn’t exactly know who Jesus was (the Messiah), he defended Him at a major expense, was cast out...
And Jesus came back for him.
Friend, Jesus does care for us and He will NEVER leave us alone. He’s got us. Especially when we go out and fight battles for the Kingdom of God, battles that may cast us out of the world’s eyes of popularity, success, friendship, you name it. But in all that it costs to be a follower of Christ, we are never fighting alone, God is always with us, even when it doesn’t seem that way.