The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents. They asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?”
His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born blind, but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. That’s why they said, “He is old enough. Ask him.” (John 9:18-23)
Read: Psalm 92 – 97
Relate: Why didn’t the parents answer the Jewish leaders? John answers the question. Really, he does. It is in there. Did you see it? If not go back and read through these six verses again a little slower.
Do you see it yet? John explains, “His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the Synagogue.” The parents were afraid so they evaded the question. Why were they afraid? Because they believed Jesus was the Messiah.
Think about it. If they believed anything else about Jesus and their son’s healing they would have come right out and said so. If they thought Jesus was just a prophet, they would have said so. If they thought it was because their son had enough faith to believe for his healing, they would have said so. If they thought it was just random chance, they would have said so. If they thought Jesus had tamed a powerful demon and forced it to do His bidding, they would have said so. There was only one answer they were afraid to give. They believed Jesus was the Messiah… But their fear kept them silent. They were more swayed by what they feared the Jewish leaders would think about them than by what they themselves thought about Jesus.
React: How often has my fear kept me silent? I’ve never been threatened to be kicked out of church for speaking out. No. My excuses aren’t nearly that valid. Although there is the legitimate chance that if I say too much to the wrong person I might get deported, that is not what I am usually thinking when the fear creeps in. Most often it is some variation of what some individual might think about me. If I share that right now then they might think I’m… what? Honest? A Christian? Aren’t I?
If I really understood, deep down, how seldom people actually do think about me, perhaps I wouldn’t be so silent. Think about it. Pick a random person you know (that isn’t a spouse or child). How much have you thought about them in the past week. Ten minutes total? Twenty? Why would you think they think about you any more than you think about them? Beyond that, most of the time they are thinking about you, it is probably to wonder what you think about them. We are all so egocentric. This pride, my worrying about what people think about me, is causing them to think less of God.
God, forgive me. For the fear and the pride that gives it birth, forgive me. I pray that my view of You, my belief in You, would grow and grow until it trumps any cause for hesitation in speaking Your truth. Be glorified not just in how I live but also, always in what I say. Let my every word, let my ready testimony bring glory to You.