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"Then they turned again to the blind man, 'What have you to say about Him? It was your eyes He opened.' The man replied, 'He is a prophet.'
"They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents. 'Is this your son?' they asked. 'Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?'
"'We know he is our son,' the parents answered, 'and we know he was born blind. But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don't know. Ask him. He is of age. He will speak for himself.'"
"His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. That is why his parents said, 'He is of age; ask him.'" John 9:17-23 NIV.
Poor Pharisees! They had hard evidence in front of their eyes but, no matter how hard they tried they could not make the evidence or the witness go away!
First they questioned the blind man. "Who do you think He is? After all, it was your eyes He opened?' Without hesitation the blind man put Jesus into the category of "prophet" which was unpalatable for the Pharisees because prophets were revered by the Jews even though their ancestors had failed to heed them and even killed them.
Then they called for his parents and questioned them, hoping that by some miracle they would say there had been some mistake and that he was not their son or that they didn't really know whether he had been born blind or not! That didn't work for them either. The man's parents freely acknowledged that he was their son and that he had been born blind. They threw the ball back in his court. 'He is old enough to speak for himself!'
Now the Pharisees were in a dilemma. All the evidence pointed to the fact that the man had been born blind and now he could see. Somehow Jesus was in the mix and they could not make any of the facts go away. They had already decided to penalise anyone who dared to confess that Jesus was the Messiah.
The man's parents bowed to that one but the problem was that any explanation other than that Jesus was who He claimed to be would make nonsense of the evidence. They sidestepped the issue by putting the onus back on their son so as not to fall foul of the Pharisees. They also refused to acknowledge that Jesus was more than just a man.
"A second time they summoned the man who had been born blind. ‘Give the glory to God by telling the truth.' they said. 'We know this man is a sinner.'" John 9:24 NIV.
How do you make the evidence go away? By assassinating the character of the one who did the miracle! They still had another hurdle to get over but this one they ignored. 'We know,' they said, as thought that settled all the arguments. On what ground did they base their knowledge? Had they witnessed Jesus practising sin? Had anyone else witnessed His sinful behaviour?
They had no answer for His challenge, 'Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?' and yet they were now declaring, as though they were the final authority that He was a sinner and on those grounds they could dismiss the miracle He did as the work of a sinner! How did that work?
There are religious groups today that declare that the Word of God is not true because it has been corrupted. Does that make their claim true, simply because they said it? Try as anyone may, truth is indestructible. Since Jesus declared that the Word of the Lord will never pass away, and since no one has ever proved Him a liar, Jesus and His Word are still reliable and dependable. Hallelujah!
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