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The righteous blind Beggar

September 19, 2017

The story around the man born blind is amazing! He was all of a blind beggar, condemned to both ridicule (one was believed to be a sinner for having merited such a woeful condition, surely allowed by God!) and beggary (there was no better life available!). And yet he was a righteous man!! More righteous than the most learned religious leaders and synagogue rulers, more righteous than his own father and mother! More righteous than the self-righteous crowds who could ‘see’!

Jesus had healed this man and the matter around this healing had quickly escalated. He was repeatedly being coerced to pronounce the man who had healed him (i.e. Jesus) as ‘not from God’ purely for having done it on the Sabbath. Among all the verbose mutterings of both priest n people, this man held on to the simple original truth of how it all unfolded refusing to yield to the wicked artificial coercion of the authorities or the crowds. So the Pharisees even sent for the man’s parents as if to establish this wasn’t even the blind man himself (lest Jesus their arch rival be allowed even one small mileage for one blind sinner!), but unfortunately the parents pronounced otherwise (owned up their son) but thankfully stopped short of standing by their just son (for the parents feared being excommunicated as Scripture unmistakably notes!).

One last time the authorities tried to force him to confess against his gut feeling (that Jesus was a sinner unlike what occurred to the blind man spontaneously – that Jesus was a righteous man, even a prophet!) but the blind man stoutly replied, ‘Whether or not he is a sinner I don’t know, but one thing I know: I was bind but now I see!” He even reasoned in childlike innocence (that remarkably brought him mighty close to the phenomenal truth about Jesus as the Son of God, the Messiah!): a) One doesn’t know where Jesus is from b) Yet he opened my eyes c) We know God does not listen to sinners d) He listens to the godly man who does his will e) Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind f) If this man were not from God, he could do nothing. (And therefore by implication Jesus ought to be a man from God.)

Outraged by his just and reasonable argument they all disowned him: his parents, his priests, the synagogue rulers.

But Jesus didn’t abandon him. He came in search of this man (after he was thrown out of their synagogue and community) and personally told him that He was indeed the Messiah the world was waiting for, a privilege only the greatest among men were given! Isn’t it marvellous that despite his dire circumstances one bind beggar madly stood for the truth? For not one apparent benefit!?! Unbelievable! That is righteousness!

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