Mocking a Miracle
By Blesson Selvanesan
The Word: 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.John 9:26-34 (ESV)
Jesus healed a born blind man and he could see for the first time in life. He was all excited and the people around him wanted to hear his story. Sadly, they were not there to cheer and celebrate with him but they were trying to poke holes into his story and tried their best to mock him. The formerly blind man who had just received a supernatural miracle had to face mocking enquires by the religious elites. This is not because they did not know what had happened but they just did not like what happened and through whom it happened and when it happened. They wanted to carry the miracle in a box and put God in to their narrow vision. They could not understand it when it did not fit their narrow ideology. They mocked him, rejected him and cast him out for receiving a miracle. The religious people could not understand simple truth and basic logic. The healed blind man kept his integrity and stood by the story because he had a supernatural encounter with the Son of God. The surrounding people could not see the messiah, they could not see the transformation. The blind man could see now but the mockers became blind.
Application: It happens far too often around us that when we receive a miracle, not everyone is happy to celebrate with us. Some people will ignore and discredit the miracle. Some will become out worst critics. When someone’s life get transformed with a supernatural blessing, people try to explain away the miracle, if that does not work they will mock and discredit the one who received the miracle. They try their best to steal the joy. Real encounter with Christ transform lives for everyone to see. This will enhance the faith and no one can lecture ones faith away if one had a real encounter with God. We will stay strong because we know where the miracle came from.
We hear stories often that people lose their faith in God after entering college or university campuses. Some professor or colleague challenged ones faith and belief, and they decided to abandon their faith. Some lost their faith because they were being mocked or criticized. This is because of their shallow experience God. If one has a transforming experience like this blind man with God, they will stay strong and stand up for their belief. We will stay strong in the Lord if we know who our God is. We will say just like this unnamed blind man said “…If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” When your miracles are being mocked, stay strong.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you for a brand new day. Open my eyes today and help me to have a real encounter with you. Help me to stand strong and testify about who you are even in times of adversity. Open my eyes and help me to see you are. In Jesus Name. Amen.