When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.”
“You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”
“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus. (John 9:35-38)
Read: Psalm 115-118
Relate: In the book Journey to a Fearless Life, Larry Hopkins says, “Some people will change when they see the light, others only change when they feel the heat.” If ever there was a quote to describe the conflict between the man born blind and the religious leaders, this would be it. They absolutely refused to acknowledge Jesus as the Christ even while the evidence piled up around them. They were so stuck in their ways that they could not possibly change. It wasn’t until the Temple fell, Jerusalem was destroyed, and the survivors scattered before there would be a serious revolution in how the Jews thought and believed.
On the other hand, the blind man had his eyes opened. For the first time ever he could literally see the light. He was ready to believe. He wanted to believe. He could see. God is awesome. It was a miracle. There’s a quote my dad used to say all the time: “The miracle isn’t complete until the change takes place.” The man born blind had experienced an amazing spiritual moment. He had witnessed a firsthand miracle that would ever better his life. Jesus wasn’t going to just leave it at that. His eyes had been opened, now Jesus showed him what direction to start walking.
React: One more quote to round things out, this time from Leo Tolstoy: “Everybody thinks of changing humanity, but nobody wants to change themselves.” Is the miracle complete in my life? Yes, God has opened my eyes. He has shown me and done such amazing things in my life that cannot ever be doubted, but is there a change? Am I truly following after Him? Do I worship Him in truth (the Hebrew word ‘eved’ means “to worship” but also “to serve”)?
Jesus, nothing else matters but You. So often we… so often I find myself looking for Your hand when I should be pursuing Your heart. I get caught up in the miracles. I get caught up in the acts, the moves, of God when what I should really be getting caught up in is Your love. Without You the miracles are nothing. Without You the blessing is worthless. Lord, all I want is You. Let me be a worshipper of You not for what You have done but because of who You are. You are the Son of Man. You are God on high. You are the only One worthy of my worship.