Jesus asked a question of the blind man and he asked one in return: Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? On the threshold of a new year is a good time to refresh in our hearts just who Jesus is. This man planned to believe on and on. Trusting Jesus is important and having in our heart who he is helps us as well. Who he is makes it safe to believe.
John 9: 35 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? 36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
At the beginning of the chapter we find this man was born blind and was a beggar. As Jesus passed by, the man couldn’t see him visually. He was just holding out his hand. He knew someone was near; maybe he sensed it in his soul. He didn’t understand. We don’t always understand everything either. We must believe. By believing we know. By knowing we continue to believe.
A conversation started among some of the people as to why this man was born blind. Jesus dismissed all the people’s logic. He had the man brought to him. He made clay from the dirt and put it on his eyes. He told the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. Believe on the Lord and see what happens. This man did what Jesus said. He splashed his eyes and when the mud came off so did the blindness. He’d never seen anything or anyone. He praised God. The Pharisees jumped in to spoil the blessing. The devil always steps in. Don’t let him or anyone or anything steal your joy.
The man was cast out of the temple. The world will turn its back on you when you believe God. Jesus didn’t forsake him. He found the man. He didn’t know who Jesus was. Maybe he recognized the voice but couldn’t remember exactly where. He didn’t put it together that this was the voice of the one who put the mud on his eyes. Jesus didn’t ask him can you believe. It’s not a question of can you? Everybody can. The question is will you? Do you? 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. The man answered Jesus and said who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? Jesus told him he had seen him and it is he that talketh with thee.
I wonder when he washed his eyes and opened them if he saw his reflection in the water. The one we’re used to seeing the most is ourselves and he had never seen himself. It didn’t matter what he looked like because he could now see. He may have seen Jesus and not realized who he was. We see Jesus more than we think. We should recognize him but we don’t. We take him for granted. Why do we act like he’s so unfamiliar? If you’re not saved you can’t say you’ve not seen him. Jesus told man who he was. We know who he is. He’s King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It is he who speaks to you now. It’s not me. I’m his ambassador, but it is he who speaks. Jesus is the light of the world shining through the darkness. You must see him with the eyes of your heart and hear him with the ears of your soul. The one speaking is Jesus. It’s not the power of suggestion or a mind game.
Who is knocking at your heart? Who is the still small voice? It’s Jesus, the world’s only Savior. When Jesus told the man who he was talking to he responded by saying Lord, I believe. It’s that simple. Jesus has taken your sins to the death on Calvary and risen from the dead. He speaks today. What will you do with him? He’s spoken and waiting for you to respond. Who is he? The one we’ll stand before and give account. Allow him to take the blindness away and the hell that is to come. One day we’ll be devil free, world free, and completely sin free in heaven. It all hinges on what we do with Jesus.