When something is “bleeding obvious” shouldn’t you accept it? When something is as plain as the nose on your face, should you not just believe and accept it? Are you likely to say, “No that thing on my face between my eyes is NOT a nose. I don’t believe it!”
Of course you wouldn’t. But that’s exactly what the Pharisees did with the man who had been healed who had been born blind. The proof was standing before them and yet they chose not to believe. They deliberately chose to accept a lie rather than see the truth that was in front of their noses. They chose to ignore the bleeding obvious rather than admit they were wrong.
For the past few posts I have been working through the events surrounding the healing of a man born blind and the issues, implications and discussions that it evoked. In this section we see two strong issues come out of this healing, one from the Pharisees and one from those they questioned.
How often have you spoken to people and they did not believe what you had to say? And how often did they say, “Seeing is believing?” Well in this section of scripture we see that even when some people see the truth, when it is right before their eyes and even if it were to slap them in the face, they still will not believe. Thus in matters of the Lord and Christianity we find that seeing is NOT believing.
Sometimes the Lord may ask us to do the strangest things. Sometimes we may think, “Surely he is not serious? He must be joking?” There were many times in the Bible where we see the Lord say to His people to do something that just seemed to be…well, strange.
But in all of these things we learn that faith is much more important than knowledge. There were times and situations in the bible that we read about where you had to throw logic out the window. The mind of man said that what the Lord was asking them to do just did not make any reasonable or logical sense.
But what He was teaching in those times was whether the person or people would be faithful. Whether they would obey or not. Even though they may have thought what they were being asked was just plain impossible, whether they would accept the word of the Lord or not. And that is all about having faith.
This section of scripture is a classic example of the need for and working of faith in the face of knowledge, which would tell you that what Jesus asked was ridiculous and impossible. But in Christ we learn that all things are possible.
There is a sickness in this world today that I call the blame game. No one is prepared to take responsibility. From politicians to the workplace, from supposed leaders to the person in the street, everyone seems to be looking for someone else to blame for the situations they find themselves in.
What we see in the start of this scripture is that this is not a new phenomenon. This same blame game existed back in the days when Jesus walked the earth too. But we also see the answer to the problem as well for Jesus is the answer. Continue reading “The Blame Game”
These verses relate to the feeding of the five thousand, which is a remarkable miracle any way that you look at it. I have written about this miracle several times already as I covered it in each of the other three gospels, so I will not cover that aspect again. If you want to see what I said in those other posts, the links are at the bottom of the page. Instead let us look at what the Bible says about the food of the Spirit (and it will not make you fat!)
Do you ever get told off by someone else for not listening? I know I do! So often we do not hear what is being said because we are not listening. Well it just doesn't happen with our families and friends, but too often we don't hear the Lord because we are not listening and in this section of scripture concerning the healing of a paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda (some say Bethsaida) we see a classic example of this syndrome.
This is a good question. Why did Jesus perform miracles? Everywhere he went he healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, raised paralytics, raised the dead and much, much more. In so many ways he relieved the suffering of the people around Jerusalem and the region of Galilee. But Jesus never did anything without reason and a purpose, so it begs the question, why did Jesus perform miracles?
This section of scripture is interesting for a number of reasons. It is a well known piece of scripture as many have discussed it, written about it and there are even songs about it. This is described as the first of the miracles that Jesus performed by the Apostle John, and it is when He turned the water into wine.
Persistence is critical to your walk with Jesus. We are at war in the spiritual realm and the devil will throw all kinds of things in your way to block you from walking wholeheartedly with Jesus Christ. But you cannot allow those things to stand in your way and to drag you down. You must never, ever give up regardless of what comes as the reward for your persistence is the crown of life.
This parable is an interesting one for provides an insight into life after death. The rich man and Lazarus gives us several other insights as well including that miracles will not change the hearts and minds of a non-believer. A non-be liver will not accept the truth as we shall see in this parable of the rich man and Lazarus.