Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

(His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, ask him.”) John 9.22-23

The man had been blind from birth. Jesus had healed him. People who had previously known him or seen him begging began to question if it was truly the same man. He affirmed that he was.

He was taken to the Pharisees who questioned him. They were more concerned that the healing had taken place on the Sabbath. The Jewish leaders did not truly believe that he had been blind. After summoning his parents, they questioned them. His parents, because of their fear of being put out of the synagogue, passed the responsibility of the question back to their son.

So many different attitudes arose from one healing act. Joy and faith were shown on the part of the once blind man who could now see. Disbelief on the part of neighbors and others who had seen him begging. Nitpicking on the part of some of the Jews and the religious leaders because the healing occurred on the Sabbath. Fear of being thrown out of the synagogue made his parents throw the responsibility back to him.

But the once blind man did not retreat. He stood firm. Jesus later came to him asking him if he believed in the Son of Man. He confessed and worshipped Jesus.

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