The entire 9th chapter of John is about Jesus and the blind man. Jesus met the man, spit in the dirt, smeared the mud on the man’s eyes, and told him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. The man’s sight was restored. End of story. Right? Wrong! The man’s neighbors got word of what had happened. They called the EPA and TMZ and got them involved. The religious authorities got involved and they grilled the man for hours trying to discredit his testimony. It wasn’t long before they called in the man’s parents to try and prove that he never was blind. Their answer wasn’t sufficient for those who were determined to expose Jesus as a fraud and the man as an accomplish to the crime.
Questions. Predetermined assumptions. Rigid refusal to believe anything outside of what they already believed. The Pharisees would not have believed the man if God Himself would have stood before them and confirmed what had taken place. Oh wait, He did and they insisted that He was nothing more than a “sinner” because He healed the man on the Sabbath.
Presuppositions kept the Pharisees from sitting at the feet of Jesus and learning what true godliness is all about. Presuppositions in our day keep those who have already decided that God “can’t” or God “won’t” or “never will” do anything that is outside of what they have already determined. Then there are those who have already decided in their hearts that there is no God. No evidence will cause them to budge. No argument will soften their stance.
With all of the drama surrounding the man, with all of the skepticism swirling around him, and with all of the pressure to cave to the popular opinion–the man stuck to his story. He had been healed. His life had been changed. He didn’t know anything about ophthalmology or theology, but he knew that Jesus had changed his life!
The proof is in the pudding. Let the skeptics continue to chuckle under their breath as they draw their conclusions about the backward ways of believers. If Jesus has changed your life then take your stand. The proof is in the pudding.
My prayer today, Lord, is that I will always remember that it is You who has changed my life. As I remember this truth let it serve to strengthen my resolve to take my stand for You in a skeptical, unbelieving world.