Jesus walks through town and he comes across a man who had been blind since he was born (John 9). Jesus heals the man, which is when the commotion begins. Being born blind was a really challenge for the Jews to explain. They thought sickness and birth defects were the result of sin. Being born blind created a problem for that belief system because it was difficult to see the justice and fairness in a blind baby. What sin could he have committed in order to be sentenced to blindness for his entire life?
Healing someone born blind wasn’t common. We know this from the comment made by the formerly blind man (John 9:32). On top of that, Jesus healed this man on Saturday, when the Jews weren’t supposed to be working. Jesus worked by making clay and then he instructed the man to “work” by going and washing in the pool of Siloam.
Jesus blows up the religious practices of that day (and probably this day, too). As the religious leaders question this man to learn more about what’s going on, the man responds with a great testimony: “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see,” (John 9:25 NASB).
Qualified to Testify
Many of us think we’re not qualified to talk to others about Jesus. Yet here, this man testifies to Jesus in one sentence, the very day he comes into contact with Jesus. And all he does is describe what Jesus did for him. The day this guy encountered Jesus, he begins telling others about Jesus.
Jesus told the first marketplace minister to “report to [your people] what great things the Lord has done for you and how He had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19) Jesus doesn’t ask us to explain everything about him the day we’re saved. We don’t have to have an answer for every difficult thing about faith in God. But we want to know and be able to explain what we experienced and the difference Jesus makes in our life. We can tell others how Jesus changed us without telling others what they “must” or “must not” do. We simply need to stick with the facts as we know them.
What “one thing” has Christ done for you? Would you write it out below or share it in the Follower of One Community? Let’s practice explaining what Jesus has done for us to our friends, and the people we meet in the marketplace every day.
Yet another post on “one thing.” Check out the others here. And check out the Ministry Mindset Challenge. It’s a 4-week series designed to help you develop a ministry mindset. Read more about it here.