He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”
And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is he who is talking with you.”
Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him. (John 9:35-38)
“I’m kind of turned off by religion.” I have been told that numerous times. Do you know how I always respond to that statement? “That is great! Run from it; get as far away from man’s religion as you can! Run to Jesus Christ instead!” Boy, does that get me some puzzled looks, and usually a great opening to talk about the night and day difference between the two. The fact is my face twists into a sour-puss cringe whenever I hear someone describe a new believer like this: “He/she got religion.” No, no, nothing could be further from the truth! He or she got away from religion. That is actually what happens to a true believer in Jesus Christ.
So, in this scene, the guy with new eyes gets the heave-ho from Moses’ disciples. Jesus finds him. Jesus finds us. Aren’t you glad and grateful for that? Wait a second, are you sure you’re glad and grateful? Because when He finds us, the all-time forever question will be asked of each of us. An eternal dividing line is drawn by this very inquiry right here: “Do you believe in the Son of God?” I’m kind of partial to this man’s answer. “Who is He?” There isn’t a thing wrong with that query. He wanted to know who he was confessing and professing to believe in. Don’t you? I want to know this real person, this Son of God. Don’t you? Unfortunately, there are many people who do their confessing and professing without ever truly knowing Him.
Do you know Him?
With the exception of a handful of secular references to Jesus, how do we know He even existed? Without the universal witness of nature how do we even know anything of God? If we attribute our knowledge of Him to “a preacher told me” or “my grandmother taught me by her life and words,” how did they attain their knowing – apart from Scripture?
When our open eyes read the Bible, the Word of God, we are seeing Him. With Scripture unfolded in our lap, it is He who is talking to us. And the further we walk on our Spirit-led journey into His revelation, the deeper our knowing Him will be. If the Bible, the Word of God, is nothing more than an ornament in our life, we will never be able to truly exclaim, “Lord, I believe!” We will never worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
Next time: Judging Eyes