Read John 9
Focus on verse 25
Knowledge is a good thing. The more we learn the more we understand, the more we understand the more we know, the more we know the more we realize how much more there is that we still do not know. It can be quite overwhelming when we discover that what we thought we know turns out to be something other than we thought it was. It is even more difficult when the facts don’t align with what we would like them to align. When this occurs we have to choose whether to adjust our knowledge to the new facts that we have discovered, or whether to deny the new information and cling to what we are more comfortable with believing to be true.
In today’s reading the Pharisees are stumbling over a very inconvenient fact that has come to their attention. Jesus had healed a blind man, and to complicate matters, He had done it on the Sabbath. As they interrogate the blind man they continue to ask him to repeat his experience to the point of absurdity. It is as if they are hoping that perhaps if he tells the story again perhaps it will have a different ending because they do not like the conclusion to which it leads. When they suggest that Jesus must be a sinner because he healed the man on the Sabbath,
He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” (v. 25)
When power and money get involved in the mix it complicates the issue further. The Pharisees were looking for ways to discredit Jesus in the eyes of the people. Every time they thought they had Him Jesus would do or say something that would turn the situation back on the Pharisees. By this time they were quite frustrated, this man was not cooperating with them. Nothing that he was telling them fit the narrative they were attempting to prop up to discredit Jesus so they did what bullies do when they sense they resistance – they cast him out.
It seems that the further a group of people moves from the truth, the more offended they are when someone verbalizes truth in their company. This is an age-old strategy of Satan. He can only control us to the degree to which he can deceive us, and he can only deceive us in the absence of truth so his first and foremost agenda has to be to silence those who know the truth. Unfortunately for Satan and those who follow him certain stubborn facts keep popping up and messing with their agenda.
For those of us who know the truth, it can be costly to proclaim it, even when we make every attempt to speak the truth in love. Ironically, some will find it so offensive that they will react in anger and in extreme cases with violence in an effort to silence the very thing that can set them free from their deception. At the end of the day when all is said and done, the truth will find its way to the light and deception will be exposed for what it is. Unfortunately, even then some people will choose to cling to the deception rather than to run to the light.