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Monday, March 4, 2024

And Then There Was Light

John 9: 24-25

“24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” 25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

Jesus healed a blind man who had been blind since birth by spitting on the ground and putting mud on the man’s eyes.  In performing this miracle, Jesus chose to use the methods of healing that were common during this period of time. 

The Pharisees were not pleased that the healing had occurred on the Sabbath and they decided that Jesus was a sinner and was not from God. They summoned the healed man twice to testify before them.  

The first time they asked, “What is your opinion of him?”  He answered, “He is a prophet.”  The second time they were more direct.  They expressed their view that Jesus was a sinner.  The healed man was caught in a trap.  

He dared not contradict the learned and pious Pharisees with his opinion of Jesus.  So, he testified to what could not be questioned- the facts.  “Once I was blind and now I see.”

For all believers, everywhere, this sentence resonates with our hearts.  Once we were all in a state of blindness.  Once we all stared at the darkness. Once we were all without hope.  

And then there was Jesus.  

And then there was light.

May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)

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