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Gene’s Daily Scriptural Postings

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Redeeming Sinners: John 9:1-41

Focus Passage: John 9:1-41 (NLT)

Have you ever been rejected because of something true that you said?

Or looking from the opposite perspective, have you ever not been interested in hearing the truth about something?

In this passage, we find an amazing declaration about Jesus that is logically sound and true, and when it was shared, the reactions of those who heard it revealed the state of their hearts.

This man who was born blind, who Jesus healed, and who has been brought in for questioning a second time responds by saying, “We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but He is ready to hear those who worship Him and do His will. Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, He couldn’t have done it.” (verses 31-33)

This is a logically air-tight conclusion. Only God could have given Jesus this ability, and God does not listen to sinners but only to those who worship Him and do His will. Therefore, Jesus must be from God.

Truth polarizes people. The truth about Jesus polarizes people even more.

The Pharisees respond not against the argument the man gives, but against the man’s character and heart. They reveal their belief that God punishes the children of sinful parents, and that these sinful children are trapped in their sin – never to be saved out of it.

However, this is a complete distortion of God’s character. Regardless of whether the formerly blind man was a complete sinner from birth or not, this does not change the logic and the miracle that took place. It would not be a stretch in my mind to think that Jesus set up this entire event with someone who the Pharisees already hated, just to teach the truth that God loves all people.

Jesus loves sinners. Jesus loves pointing sinners to God. Jesus loves redeeming sinners.

The Pharisees had a worldview and belief that said that sinners cannot be saved and their sins will forever keep them out of God’s presence. Jesus counters by saying that God loves sinners, and He came to take their sin upon Himself and show them a better way forward.

This thought was inspired by studying the Walking With Jesus “Reflective Bible Study” package. To discover insights like this in your own study time, click here and give Reflective Bible Study a try today!

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