One Thing I Know (John 9:25)
John 9:24, Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. 25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. 26Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? 27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
In John 9:25, we see the hopeless and helpless state of blind man until Jesus came his way. He gave a report that his sight had been restored by our Lord touching his eyes. He said, “one thing I know”. He knew that once he was blind and he knew who caused him to see. That was enough!
We all can relate to this man. I have never experienced physical blindness, but there was a day when I was blinded to the things of God. We are all born in sin, blinded to the things of God. You are in one of two classes today; you have either been healed of that spiritual blindness or you remain blinded by sin, not seeing the need for Jesus.
The hard-hearted Pharisees were intent in having Jesus declared a sinner. They wanted to make sure the He was not credited for this miracle. With intimidation they interrogated him numerous times attempting to get him to deny his testimony and to discredit Jesus. The Pharisees even went so far as to get his parents involved. The healed blind man was put on the spot not just by the Pharisees, but even by his parents, but he stood firm in his testimony.
The healed man would not fall into their trap of words. He simply yet soundly said, “Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see.” Proverbs 29:25, The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. The Pharisees snare backfired upon them. Rather than incriminate Jesus, the man clearly verified and glorified Jesus’s divine power. They claimed that Jesus was a sinner. It is ironic that when the healed man gave Jesus the glory, he was giving God the praise.
Praising God and calling Jesus a sinner is a great contradiction. These critics want the man to glorify God but not give credit to the One Who healed him. However, it is impossible to glorify God and not honor Jesus Christ.
In John 9:25, the Pharisees tried to get the beggar to change his story. He gives God all the glory for what happened in his life even though the unbelieving Pharisees interrogate him. God can take opposition and turn it around for His glory.
In John 9:27, the blind man had already told them how he was healed and Who did it. He cleverly turned their interrogation into an opportunity to inspire them to want to know more about Jesus Christ and become a disciple.
He saw the hand of God in his own life. He was confessing his personal experience, he once was blind, but now he could see. But he could answer one thing: his own personal experience. Just like a child, he did not know the theological terms nor how to express the nature of Jesus, but he did know one thing: Jesus had delivered and saved him from blindness.
Jesus was telling His disciples that there is a purpose to this man’s suffering. It served a larger purpose! From the time the blind man met the Messiah, he will never be the same again. This man stood up and gave one of the most amazing defenses of Jesus ever recorded in the Bible! As a result, this man has received more than just physical sight. He obtained the eye of faith! This man was used by God to be a witness not just to the hard-hearted Pharisees, but to the whole world! There are some things we don't know, but, you don't have to know all the answers when you are telling people about the Lord. Tell others how Jesus Christ changed your life. If you see the things of God, you know who caused you to see. Like the blind man, you lay all praise at the feet of Christ. If you know this one thing, you know enough.
Today, with all that is happening throughout the world and with the prophetic Scriptures in God’s Word, one would be spiritually blind to not see that Jesus is coming soon. Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20).
Points to Ponder:
How we respond to Jesus Christ will determine where we spend eternity.
There is no middle ground. You are either saved or lost.
You have either accepted what Christ has done for you or you have rejected it.
I urge you to come while the Lord is near. He may not pass by your way again.
Questions to Consider:
Have you taken time today to worship Jesus?
What are some things in your life that might hinder this opportunity?
Have you experienced hated by the world because of your testimony for Christ?
Have your closest friends or relatives failed to support your stand for Christ? Did you stand firm?
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I’m grateful for the physical sight I have and I am blessed for the spiritual sight as well. However You choose to display Your glory within me I accept Your plan. As this blind man’s sight was restored gradually, I understand, that You may choose to progressively reveal Your purpose in my life, rather than at one time. In Jesus name, Amen!
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