The Rest of The Miracle
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Last week I discussed John Chapter 9 where Jesus cures a blind man who was blind from birth. If you missed that program, you can download and hear the last week’s radio program using your computer.
Last week I discussed why I claimed - that this miracle was the most scientifically investigated and the most scientifically analyzed miracle in the entire Bible.
And I promised that I would tell you about the Rest of the Miracle on today’s program.
In preparation for the Rest of the Miracle, let’s go over a few verses in Chapter 9 of John’s Gospel where Jesus heals this blind man who was born blind. Did you notice Verse 13, where it says that”
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind from birth.
[Who are “they”? It was the blind man’s neighbors and friends who brought him to the Pharisees. You see when the neighbors and friends of the blind man saw what a great miracle had just been performed, they were enthusiastic and optimistic and they wanted to know what their leaders thought about this miracle worker called Jesus. Hey, maybe Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah? Jesus must at least be a great prophet to do such a great miracle!
I hope you were encouraged by this little insight - in how his neighbors were excited about the miracle that had just been performed.
Now, did you also notice the encouraging words in Verse 16 where it says:]
16 “So the Pharisees and the people were divided.“
[Hey, This is good news! Is the glass half empty or half full? This means that up to half of the Pharisees and half of the people believed in Jesus! I personally like to think that even some of those people who did not believe at first, believed later. Certainly as the events in the Life of Jesus unfolded, including the Resurrection and the events after the Resurrection, I thing that many people including many Pharisees, scribes, and priests came to a belief in Jesus as the Messiah.]
[But now I would like to point out to you some sad news that starts in Verse 19. The Pharisees called for the blind man’s parents and questioned them about what had just happened.”]
19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”
20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christa (that is if anyone acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah) would be put out of the temple. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
[You see, in those times, the temple or the synagogue in the local villages provided the equivalent of our Social Security system. The parents were afraid to lose their Social Security check in their old age. And their son was old enough to speak for himself so why should they get in trouble with the authorities. These parents were also marginalized by the very fact that they had a son who was born blind. You see many Jews including many Pharisees and even some of the disciples believed that the parents must have done some great sin to have a child born blind.
But here is the sad news, while we can understand the fears of these elderly parents, their response was very disappointing. These parents had just witness a great miracle. Their son, who had been blind from birth, now could see! You think this would have overwhelmed them with joy! Instead they were worried about their stomachs. These parents were in the presence of the Messiah, the promised Savior of the whole world and they choose short-term security. What a sad story about these parents.
But I‘m an optimist and maybe latter they believed. I like to think that latter after the Resurrection, these parents believed and helped to spread the Good News. Only God knows what happened to these parents of the blind man. ]
I would also like to point out to you that there were many prophesies that predicted that the Messiah would open the eyes of the blind. I especially like the ones in Isaiah and my favorite is Isaiah 42:7, “The Messiah will open the eyes of the blind, free captives from the prison of sin and release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”
It is also interesting to note that Jesus claimed that he was the light of the world, he said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
As you know, Jesus cured many people who were blind - but this miracle mentioned in this Chapter 9 of John’s Gospel, is the most significant because the man was blind from birth.
Well, I promised to tell you about the Rest of the Miracle, the Rest of the Story as Paul Harvey says. Well here it is.
It is very, very interesting to me that the Pharisees’ made such a big deal out of determining if this blind man was blind from birth.
You see, scientists today, know that the brain develops in stages, that our brains continue to develop after we are born and doesn’t finish developing until we are in our twenties. Scientists know for example by observation and testing, that it is easier to learn language when we are young. This is primarily because hearing is developed when we are very young and the ability to mimic language sounds tends to diminish as we get older.
In fact there is now a famous operation that doctors can do to restore hearing in some people. But they are reluctant to do that operation on anyone who was born deaf! Why? Because such people who never heard sounds when they were born and never learned how to communicate to other human beings by making their own sounds are poor candidates for this operation. Such people would now have a very difficult time of learning to understand sounds, and learning how to make sounds to communicate with others. Because they never heard any sounds when they were born nor while they were small children.
Now, as far as I know, we do not have any operations, to restore sight to someone who was born blind, to cure, congenital blindness. But if such an operation becomes possible in the future, it presents the same problem.
Would a person whose blindness is cured as an adult, be able to learn to understand what he is seeing?!
So this is what I am calling the rest of the miracle, the rest of the story. Do you realize what a great miracle that Jesus performed? He did a complete miracle. He cured the blind man’s brain as well as his physical sight! He gave the man all the information and learning to know what he was seeing. He did not have to take years of learning, like a baby does, to focus, to learn what a tree looked like for example.
Now granted that the blind man had learned a lot of information about the world by touching things, but there is a vast gulf between what we know by touching and what we know by seeing.
And if Jesus was God, which he was, he certainly could do such a miracle.
So the Pharisees were right in making sure that this man was born blind from birth. Because it meant that this was a fantastic miracle! Praise God! That was the Rest of the Miracle.
Now are you still spiritually blind? Do you or don’t you see all the scientific and legal evidence - just about this one miracle that Jesus did to prove he was the Messiah!
Do you believe? Or are you going to use some dumb excuse not to believe. Like the dumb excuse that some of the Pharisees used – that Jesus performed the miracle on the Sabbath.
What is your excuse for not believing?
Maybe you don’t want to believe the overwhelming truth in these passages BECAUSE IT MEANS, like the blind man, that you will have to fall down and worship the Lord, your God and Savior. Or are you too stubborn or too egotistical to do that?
Let Jesus perform the Rest of the Miracle in your own life!
I urge you to repent, change your mind, change your life, believe and accept God’s free gift of salvation, his great gift of love and his Hope for the future!]
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New Update (27 June 2015)
There is a very interesting article about a man born blind in a poor country whose sight was restored in old age by replacing his defective lens (cataract surgery) and the problems he had in understanding what he was "seeing".