Lifting up our concept of who we are

The more we understand God, the better we'll understand our own true selfhood.

In the Bible, the book of John records Christ Jesus' healing of a man born blind. See John, chap. 9 . After the man received his sight he was questioned by the Pharisees, a chief Jewish sect that carefully observed a literal interpretation of Hebrew law. They pressed him to give full credit to God and denounced Jesus as a sinner. But the healed man knew differently and defended Jesus. Later, alone with the now seeing man, Jesus asked him, "Dost thou believe on the Son of God?" Apparently he felt it was important that his role in the healing be recognized and acknowledged. But why? Wasn't it enough to be grateful for God's healing power, as the Pharisees professed?

The pride and ritualism of the Jewish leaders caused them to be enraged at the deep spirituality of Jesus' words and works. It also made them unable to discern and understand the Christ-man which Jesus presented. But the man whom Jesus healed perceived Jesus' Godlikeness, and this enabled him to respond to the Pharisees, "If this man were not of God, he could do nothing."

October 9, 1989

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