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He Changed My Life!

He Changed My Life!

He answered and said, "Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see." John 9:25 (NKJV)

"One thing I know; that though I was blind, now I see."

These were the words of a man who had been blind since birth - that is until the day he encountered Jesus.  

So furious about what Jesus had done were the Pharisees - who had been practicing and perfecting religion - that they actually came against this healed man and accused him initially of being a liar and then they accused him of being a follower of a sinner. The man had already answered them once prior to this as to how he was healed, and now he made his 2nd defense of what Jesus had done in his life as he basically said, "He changed my life!  Before I couldn't see, but now I see everything clearly!"

Not content with his answers, the Pharisees had went to his parents to confront them - they wanted to infer that this was not the case - that he wasn't actually blind at all.   

His parents answered them and said, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; John 9:20 (NKJV)

Then after they had affirmed that he was in fact blind from birth, they distanced themselves from Jesus, and from how he was healed for fear of the retaliation that these religious rulers would exact upon them - in short, they denied the origin of this miracle; they denied Jesus.

"...but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself." His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." John 9:21-24 (NKJV)

These people feared being kicked out of the synagogue - they feared being excommunicated from those circles of power and influence they felt they needed.  These expulsions were very serious because a person would not be able to successfully conduct business with others once they were kicked out.

Still it seems hard to conceive that these people who had personally witnessed the life-changing transformation of their son's life would actually deny Jesus as the origin of this transformation.  After all, if He provided sight where there was none previously, couldn't He provide other needs they might have as well?

And yet there are many Christians still today that would do this very thing as they believe in Jesus' healing power; they'll accept Him as their personal Savior, and yet, when confronted by others as to why their actions are different; as to why they are a changed person, or as to why they're not participating in those things that they used to do anymore- they would answer in the same way.

And I would suggest that the reason they would deny telling others about this "Life-transforming power," is that they too, fear being excommunicated from certain circles of power or friendship.  I believe they have a fear of not being able to continue associating with certain groups of people with respect to their work - they like these parents would be frightened that they might be attacked, kicked out, and segregated from certain inner circles that they believe are responsible for providing their income, their provisions, and for some, ultimately their identity.  

Q:    How about you Christian - are you acknowledging that Jesus has changed your life?  Are you telling everyone you meet, "I was spiritually blind, but now I can see?"

You can ponder that question for some time, but the answer will come at some point today as you will see someone who is angry, frustrated, anxious, afraid, or hurt because of something that is happening in their life - you will either tell them how Jesus changed your life, and that He can change theirs too, or you will choose not to.  

Hey Christian, You do have the power to change lives - that power is God, and He is alive and living inside every believer.

I want to encourage you today to look around at other people - take the time to ponder where they are at with their walk with God.  Don't be afraid to ask them, or to share with them about Jesus.

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 9:21-24 why did the parents fear answering honestly?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found that you have answered others in this same sort of way, fearing that you may be excommunicated from a group, a job, or a friendship?

APPLICATION: Trust in the Lord for the power to transform your life.  Trust Him for all provision.  Tell others what He has done for you, and how He has changed your life.

Father, Thank You for transforming my life by allowing Your Son to die on the cross for me as a payment for my sin.  Jesus Thank You for changing my life and giving me life more abundantly.  Holy Spirit, Thank You for the power to boldly share all that has been done for me.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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