I was blind…

Have you ever been minding your own business, open the bible to get in your reading time, only to get smacked in the face by what you read??  That happened to me recently with the story of the blind beggar.  Here is a man who’s life was transformed instantly by Jesus, and instantly
he is a new believer.  People see the change in him immediately and are
amazed at the transformation.  “What happened?”
they ask him.   As he tells them of the transformation he received
from Jesus Christ….no one can believe it.  The Pharisees (aka the
religious people) downplay what was done for the man and try to steal his
joy.  They ask his parents if he was really blind…as if he were lying!!
His parents didn’t want to be called out for believing in
Jesus, so they said…”don’t ask us, he can speak for himself!”   As
for the man himself…at first he gets a little annoyed, saying the famous
line “I was blind, but now I can see!!”  But then, look at the
transformation grow rapidly in this former blind beggar as he stands up for
what knows is true  – “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t
you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his
disciples, too?” Then they cursed him and said, “You are his disciple, but
we are disciples of Moses! We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even
know where this man comes from.” “Why, that’s very strange!” the man
replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from? We
know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who
worship him and do his will. Ever since the world began, no one has been
able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God,
he couldn’t have done it.” “You were born a total sinner!” they answered.
“Are you
trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.   That
blind beggar embarrassed those Pharisees, and when they couldn’t win the
argument or intimidate him into backing off, they took their ball and went
home.

Many of us in recovery came to Christ as blind beggars.
We once were blind, but now we can see.  We were all in this condition at
some point in time so that the power of God can be seen in each one of us!!
As we’ve gone through our recoveries and gotten our lives back, we’ve all run into people who want to challenge us, embarrass us,
take our joy and our freedoms away from us.  Are we going to let them do
it??  Or are we going to stand up like this former blind beggar who was
transformed into a powerful Child of God, a brother in Christ??   Love and praying for you all!!





As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.
“Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind?
Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of
his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power
of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us
by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But
while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” Then he spit on
the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s
eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means
“sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing! His neighbors and
others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man
who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just
looks like him!” But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”
They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?” He told them, “The man they
call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool
of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!”
“Where is he now?” they asked. “I don’t know,” he replied. Then they took
the man who had been blind to the Pharisees, because it was on the Sabbath
that Jesus had made the mud and healed him. The Pharisees asked the man all
about it. So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed
it away, I could see!”
Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is
working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do
such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.
Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded,
“What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?” The man replied, “I
think he must be a prophet.” The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the
man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents. They
asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now
see?” His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born
blind, but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is
old enough to speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were
afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was
the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. That’s why they said, “He
is old enough. Ask him.” So for the second time they called in the man who
had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we
know this man Jesus is a sinner.” “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the
man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” “But what
did he do?” they asked. “How did he heal you?” “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I
told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you
want to become his disciples, too?” Then they cursed him and said, “You are
his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! We know God spoke to Moses, but
we don’t even know where this man comes from.” “Why, that’s very strange!”
the man replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes
from? We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear
those who worship him and do his will. Ever since the world began, no one
has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not
from God, he couldn’t have done it.” “You were born a total sinner!” they
answered. “Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the
synagogue. When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked,
“Do you believe in the Son of Man? ” The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I
want to believe in him.” “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is
speaking to you!”
“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus. Then Jesus
told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the
blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.” Some
Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re
blind?” “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you
remain guilty because you claim you can see.”

‭‭John‬ ‭9:1-41‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/jhn.9.1-41.nlt

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