“The leaders told the man, “You have been a sinner since the day you were born! Do you think you can teach us anything?” Then they said, “You can never come back into any of our synagogues!””John 9:34 CEV
How insulting is it to be accused that you have been a sinner since the day you were born? That’s the insult the religious elite, who were proud of their good behavior, gave to a man that Jesus healed on a sacred day—the Sabbath.
Not only did Jesus heal this man born blind, but the way Jesus healed him was more sacrilegious. Jesus made mud by spitting on the ground and then rubbed the dirt in the blind man’s eyes.
Jesus actually worked the ground and broke the Sabbath code! “How dare He! Who does He think He is?”
That’s what the religious elite thought.
Jesus knee who He was. When you know who you are, you will know what to do. Think on that for a while.
When you know who you are, you will know what to do.
When you are the Life Giving Source, you give life. When you are the source of healing, you heal. When you are a refuge, you look for those who are distressed. When you are the Way, you find those who are lost. When you are the truth, you find those seeking it. When you are Lord, you find those needing to be led. When you are the Savior, you save sinners.
The Pharisee’s charge was the their own indictment. Yes! We all are sinners since the day we were born! No one is better than another. The most well behaved is just as much a sinner as the one who has never behaved.
Jesus is the only Savior and He came for people, like me and you, who have been sinners since the day we were born.
When we know we are sinners, we’ll trust in Jesus as our Savior.
When we know we are lost, we will trust in Jesus to be the Way.
When we know we are distressed, we’ll find Jesus as a refuge.
When we know we are hurting, we will come to Jesus who is a healer.
When we need life, we come to the Source of Life.
When we are blind, we find Jesus. Or, more importantly, Jesus finds us.