DEVOTIONAL – DEC 11
DISPUTE WITH PHARISEES
Leslie M. John
“Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner” (John 9:24)
Pharisees called Jesus a sinner on the pretext that He healed on the Sabbath day, a man, who was born blind. The man answered Pharisees and said he did not know whether or not Jesus was sinner; but one thing he knew was that he was blind before, and now he has vision to see. They were curious to know the details again. The man already explained to them very clearly that Jesus spat on the ground, made clay and applied it to his eyes, and because he obeyed His command, and went and washed his eyes in the pool of Siloam, he was healed. Now, when the Pharisees asked him second time, he got annoyed at them and said “I have told you already, and ye did not hear”.
How often we listen to someone and yet, we desire the same to be reiterated, because of either unbelief or hesitate to accept the truth. The Pharisees resorted to similar attitude when they asked the man second time as to how he was healed.
The man wondered and asked them if it was because they want to become the disciples of Jesus that they want to hear about the miraculous healing again. When they heard the man speak in contempt they reviled at him saying he was the disciple of Jesus, and they were of Moses.
They ridiculed saying God spoke to them through Moses but as for Jesus, they did not know who He was, and where He came from.
The man had a dig at them saying even though they did not know where Jesus came from, and who He was, yet they marveled at His works. The man, who was born blind and was healed by the Lord, spoke the words of wisdom than did the Pharisees, who were considered to be the wise men of the day. The man said since the world began, not one incident was heard by anyone; of the kind of healing that Jesus did in him. He boldly testified that if Jesus were not of God, He could have not done anything.
Pharisees were raged in anger and cast him out of their fellowship and synagogue, accusing him that he was born in sins, and asked him how is that he ventured to teach them. They, who were in sins, judged the man that he was born in sins.
“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7:3) Jesus finding the man asked him if he believed on the Son of God, and the man wondered who the Son of God was. Then Jesus said to him that the man has seen Him, and He, who was talking to him, was the Son of God. Jesus was pointing to Himself.
The man called Jesus as “Lord”, which is to say “Master”, and said that he believed that Jesus was the Son of God, and worshipped Him.
Jesus said to the man, who was healed of his blindness that blind see and perceive who He was, but those who have sight will be like blind. He judges in order to see that those, who have eyes, may not see, and those, who are blind, may see the truth.
Some of the Pharisees heard the fierce words spoken by Jesus concerning them, and they countered Him, and asked Him if they were blind.
Then, Jesus replied saying, it would have been better if they were blind and not see rather than have eyes and not see the truth. If they said that they were blind their sins would have been forgiven, but because they were boasting that they have eyes their sin remains in them.
“Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth” (John 9:41)
Apostle Paul writes about Mosaic Law, which the Pharisees were very conversant, and attempted to keep in vain. The Law pointed to the guilt of a person, but it never provided salvation; and surprisingly, Jews, and likewise some in the present generation, try to keep the Law in vain, instead of depending on the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and fail miserably in both the cases.
Neither they were able to fulfill the conditions of Mosaic Law, nor do they make attempts to come under the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. They try to be blind to the truth, and lose sight of the light, and the glorious things that are visible in the light.
“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:19-20) The creator is greater than the creation. Worship the creator than the creation. Moses was creation of God and he was a servant of God. Jesus was greater than Moses. Therefore, let us boast in the cleansing power of the blood of Lord Jesus Christ, rather than boasting in Moses.
The LORD gave the Law to the children of Israel though Moses, his servant, and because they failed to keep the Law, Jesus came into the world to die for all sinners that by His grace everyone, who confesses Him as the Lord, and believes in heart that God raised Him from the dead, will become righteous. Salvation belongs to Lord Jesus Christ, and it is by Him alone that one receives everlasting life.
“For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end” (Hebrews 3:3-6)