Saturday, March 18, 2023
Read: John 9:1-23
The neighbors were amazed to see the man that used to beg can now see. The asked how he’s able to see and he narrated his miraculous encounter with Jesus. The information got to the Pharisees. The man’s parents were called to be questions about this. They simply say the man is of age and questions should be directed to him. They know anyone who acknowledged Jesus as Messiah would be banned from the synagogue. The blind man was called and questioned. When he was asked how he is able to see, he is also told to speak the truth before God, because we know this man (Jesus) is a sinner. The blind man replied “whether or not he is a sinner, I do not know. All I know is this. I was blind and now I can see.”
The Pharisees were clearly in denial that Jesus was God-sent. They dried to discredit his miracle, finding fault with performing a miracle on the Sabbath.
Question: How many of us in our own homes will not cook in the kitchen to have a nice meal on a Sunday? Isn’t that working on the Sabbath?
The blind may obeyed Jesus’ instructions to go and wash in the pool known as Siloam. His faith made him see for the first time in his life. How many of us obey whenever the silent voice is talking or instructing us to on not to do certain things we’ve planned.
I pray, during this Lenten season, that God grant us faith and courage to see the light and obey.
(from 2011 Lenten Devotional Book)
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