The man born blind
It was the blind man who said, “Now I see.”
Everywhere Jesus went, He healed people. Some of them were children; some were adults. Many could not walk or talk. They were blind or sick with leprosy. Some had demons, and others were ill with fever. Every one of them knew that, once they were one way, and now they were another.
The man born blind was healed by the Master. Jesus spat on the ground, made clay with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. Jesus told the blind man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The man went, and his sight was restored.
Once a blind beggar: now he could see!
The Pharisees were not happy with the man or with Jesus. They tried to corner his parents, who refused to tell Who healed their son.
“We know he is our son, and we know he was born blind. We know that now he sees, but how or where or when it happened, we do not know. He is of age; ask him!” they said.
The Pharisees called the man and demanded that he call this Man (Jesus) a sinner. He refused.
The once-blind man said, “Whether He is a sinner or not, I cannot tell, but this one thing I know: once I was blind, and now I can see.”
When we speak truth about the change in us, no one can argue. Folks can deny there is a God; they can claim unbelief. There is one thing folks cannot argue with you about. When you have been blind – and now you can see.
I experienced the power of this one day. In a quiet room in the library of a college campus, I met with leaders of a religious group at the request of a fellow student. There were three of them, and one of me. They began with their arguments and persuasions about their belief. I knew that to try to disqualify them would only cause more disagreement and arguing. These men were more educated than I, more learned, perhaps, in theology than was I. We could have talked for hours, and I would not have won them to my side. They knew all the things to say to discredit my belief. That day, it was as though God stopped the mouths of lions and let me speak.
Now I see
“We can sit here and talk all day, and I will never persuade you that my faith is valid based on the words of Scripture,” I said. They looked at each other, smirking. They nodded, egging me on.
“This one thing I can do. I can tell you what Jesus has done for me. Once I was living in darkness because I was blind. Jesus came. The Light is with me, and now I see.”
I explained what it means to have peace with God and how the Spirit brings comfort and conviction. I shared how forgiveness flows when repentance is shown. “Most importantly,” I said, “I was blind. And now? Now I see.”
They looked at each other, shrugged their shoulders, and packed up their books. That day, I remembered Daniel and knew God did a miracle right there in that room.
When you simply share what God has done for you, there is no room to question or to argue. No one can argue with your personal experience. No one can question the genuine change they see in you. That is how the arguments cease.
Tell them, “I can’t explain it all, but this I know: once I was one way, and now I am this way. I was once blind, but not I see.”
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