A man who had been born blind had been healed and received his sight! Jesus had preformed a miracle! The power of God had entered the church of the day (a synagogue) and changed a life forever! Oh what glory, honor, and rejoicing should have gone forth toward God for His great act of kindness and mercy! But it didn’t. This “church” built in the name of God had already decided that God wasn’t welcome there. You see, they were more concerned with building their own kingdom then God’s and where they had control there was no room to welcome a higher authority then their own.
How sad a situation is this? How often have we seen the same? How often are people shunned and ridiculed for experiencing and testifying of real life changing acts of God within church’s claiming to be built in His Name, yet led by those not willing to surrender glory to Him. I tell you that these ministers are jealous of God, His power, and anyone who gets close enough to Him to experience it.
In the above mentioned story Jesus had healed a man born blind but now through the power of God, he could see! However, when the man’s parents were asked what happened they were afraid to testify to the great things that God had done for fear of being shunned, ridiculed, slandered, and put out of the synagogue. How this must grieve the heart of God who is entitled to all the praise we can give him. Jesus’s anger was kindled against the Pharisees for putting God’s people in this position and robbing God of the glory He so rightfully deserved for fear of loosing some glory of their own.
Next the Pharisees questioned the man who was healed. While staring into the face of the miracle itself, they still demanded that the very one who had experienced it, deny it as they did. They professed how they followed the teachings of the man Moses therefore, they should not be led directly by this Jesus. How often do we still see this in the church also? Those who reject the real Jesus, His direct leading, and His teachings in their entirety as laid out in Scripture, for the teaching of a man, usually in the guise of a minister, denominational leader, or doctrinal founder. If this being done under Moses who was far greater then any man or denomination of our time displeased God, how much greater does it displease Him now? Greatly. Yet the healed mans response to them must have equally blessed the heart of God. The healed man steadfastly replied to the accusations that by following Jesus directly he may be serving the devil with very simple and anointed words of faith. This humble man made bold by His encounter with Jesus states to the leaders of the church, in a word , “it is incredible that you can’t tell what is of God and of the devil when the evidence of His great power is standing right before you”. You see, when people are jealous of God’s power superseding their own, they are often more willing to give credit to the devil for the great impossible works of God, then to God Himself that men might fear what is meant to save them. O what a work of the devil on the minds of the prideful who simply won’t believe in something greater then themselves.
“Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” – John 9:28-31
How willing are men to say, “the devil can do that, but God cannot”. What blasphemy, what pride, what unbelief. For the crime of believing God, was this man who had been personally ministered to by God, cast out of his congregation, yet for his faithfulness to stand true to what he had heard and experienced by way of his personal communion with Jesus, was he excepted into God’s congregation. To truly be part of God’s kingdom, you can expect to be rejected of man’s because one thing is sure, neither will share glory with the other.
“If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.” – John 9:33-38