September #jammed: Free Grace.
Day 254: Grace finds what’s been cast aside.
“ Jesus heard what had happened and sought out the man.” John 9:35
“Did the wind do that or did you do that?” I asked my daughter and her friend.
“We did that,” she said, “we’re building a fort.”
“You know you have a fort that’s already built …the playhouse?”
“I know,” she said, “we want to build one ourselves.”
It’s it funny how we aim to rebuild what’s already been built. Even adults take the hard way around just to accomplish something without help. There’s an independence about it. A sense of achievement. But sometimes, forts built out of chairs when there’s a house in the back yard don’t make a lot of sense. The solutions we set after don’t always make the most sense, but off we go in pursuit.
Today’s verse happens on the heals of a miraculous healing. A man born blind is healed by Jesus, and it causes a fire-storm debate! This man is questioned, and Jesus is questioned. The man’s parent’s are questioned. Everyone’s questioned!
The Pharisees refuse to rely on the truth that Jesus is giving them, and instead keep circling around to build their own case to make sense of His miracle.
There’s no way to make ‘sense’ of a miracle, but they try. Oh, do they try. Asking about the mud that Jesus used and wondering about the disqualifications of the day He performed the miracle on. Nothing about what Jesus did lined up with the laws they had built their lives around.
I have entered this world to announce a verdict that changes everything.- John 9:39
Amidst all of the confusion, Jesus searched for the man that he healed, to ask him where he stood. Knowing better than anyone that he was, in fact, blind by birth …and assured by Jesus, Himself, that the Son of Man was speaking directly to Him, he did believe.
Not everyone will hop aboard our miracles, but that doesn’t diminish them in the slightest. Hold onto them. Keep praying for them, and know that Jesus came to change all the rules. No one is too lost. No one is not loved. He came to lose not one.
Father, Praise You for Jesus, and the way He worked miracles on earth. Thank Your the stories of the miracles, preserved in Your Word to teach us and guide us. Forgive our skepticism of other peoples’ miracles, and help us to believe more each day in Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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