Once again the Pharisees are in shock and horror that a needy person was made well on the Sabbath!! What or who does Jesus think He is! But it appears there are some seeds of doubt creeping in, I wonder if Nicodemus was there speaking up at least for the signs and wonders he had experienced. ‘How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?’ sounds much like Nicodemus’s opening words to Jesus: “No one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him’ (John 3:2). It is an interesting observation that the experts in the law should actually ask this ordinary man (born blind) who he thought Jesus was. The blind man attested to Jesus being a prophet, which the Pharisees didn’t like, as it didn’t put Jesus where they wanted Him. They would even rather believe that the blind man was a faker rather than accept the amazing miracle of a man born blind receiving his sight which was unheard of.
They call for the man’s parents and interrogate them. They are willing to confirm that it was their son and that he was born blind but were not willing to go the full way in protecting their son. They feared excommunication from the synagogue and religious rulers rather than protecting their son, which is a sad indictment on them as parents and the evil power exerted by the Pharisees. You follow our ways or go your own way. Once again Jesus brings division: light and darkness, their son had been brought into the light and rather than have a celebration, as in the returning prodigal son, they preferred the darkness of the Pharisees.
Jesus had brought light to the man blind from birth; I would like to think I would have rathered aligned with the one who brought light into His life and that should have been the response of his parents responding with thanksgiving for the miracle rather than remain in the darkness. I guess it is a point all of us have to grapple with as we read and understand the claims Jesus has on us, Jesus died in our place on the cross of Calvary so that we could receive forgiveness, grace and His Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. Do we want to receive and walk in that light or would we rather choose to remain in the darkness of sin. I am glad and so grateful that Jesus brought me to the point in my early 30’s to respond in repentance to His gracious gift and received His light and gifts of eternal life.
In days of terrible darkness when we read and hear of people being asked to deny Christ or face execution of themselves or their loved ones. What would we choose? Incredible testimonies of many choosing Christ and paying the price with their mortal bodies, it is an impossible question to answer in the comfort of our homes where the theory is easy, but we need to admire and continue to pray for those who have stood up for Christ in the face of such threats unlike the parents of the man born blind.
Lord, help me to rest in your unchanging love and grace. You have brought your wonderful light into my life; equip and help me to be a light for others so that they can see Jesus in what I do and say. Grant me the courage to speak up for you in the face of criticism and ridicule because you have taken it all for me and showed complete obedience to your father so that we could become the children of God. Amen