They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was the Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.”
Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was division among them.
They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?”
He said, “He is a prophet.” (John 9:13-17)
The man had just received a personal touch from the Balm of Gilead. Now he was brought to religion’s impersonal hands for an examination. Things did not go too well. Even though he could read the smallest letter on the eye chart, he got healed by the wrong man on the wrong day and by the wrong way. The man got the thumbs down from religion. Why is that not surprising? It has been the religions of men that have caused the most harm and ardently opposed the true things of God more so than any heathen or atheist. Oftentimes when presenting Christ to people, they will hold up defensive hands and say, “I am not a religious person.” That is our opportunity to respond with, “That is great, you are not far from the kingdom of God.” (Mark 12:34)
Next Time: Eye Witness