Can You See?

How can anyone not believe in Jesus? There is so much evidence that proves Him to be the Son of God. Consider but one piece of testimony from John 9.
Jesus encountered a man who had been blind since birth (v. 2). Scripture indicates that the beggar was a well-known figure in the community (v. 8).
Jesus then healed the man. The Lord spat on the ground, made a clay, and then applied it to the man’s eyes. He then instructed him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam (v. 7). The blind man found his way to the pool and washed as he was told. His obedient response brought about the bestowal of his vision. John simply – and wonderously says, “he came back seeing” (v. 7b).
Now note the reaction to this miracle:

. The neighbors asked, “How WERE your eyes opened?” (v. 10).
. The Pharisees inquired, “How can a man who is a sinner DO SUCH SIGNS?” (v. 16; cf. 10:21). “The reality of factuality of the miracle was not under question. The question concerned how it was done and what the character was of one who would do such a work on the sabbath.”1
. The parents admitted, “We know that is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means HE NOW SEES we do not know…” (vv. 21-22).
. The man himself affirmed, “Though I was blind, NOW I SEE” (v. 25).

Friends, this cumulative witness demands a verdict – the miraculous healing occurred just as John through inspiration described it. It therefore serves as certification of the fact that Jesus was/is the promised Messiah (cf. Isa. 29:18; 35:5; 42:7) – the Son of God (Matt. 16:16). “…Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know” (Acts 2:22).
This miracle was recorded in order that you and I might believe (cf. John 20:30,31)? Do you believe in Jesus? Can you see (John 9:39)?

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