Tell Me So I Can
When Jesus healed the blind beggar in John 9, He was long on spit and mud, but short on words.
He didn’t tell him why.
I imagine that given his place there at the roadside, dependent on others day after day, he was accustomed to this.
Move over there. Pick up your cloak. Get out of my way.
What’s the matter with you? Are you blind?
None took the time to explain. They just jostled and pushed and pitied and sighed.
So it perplexes me, but only a little, that when Jesus caked his eyes with mud and sent him to wash, he didn’t ask why.
He returned home not to meet the Healer, but to be deposed by the Pharisaical inquisition. Whether Jesus had moved on, or the blind man didn’t return to his same place at the roadside, their paths did not cross.
But before long, word reached Jesus that the Pharisees had tossed the man — from their presence and likely the synagogue — and He went to find him.
The religious rich and powerful set him into exile.
His closest kin withdrew.
Ejected and rejected.
But Jesus, first among outcasts, sought him out.
The One despised and rejected, the One we esteemed not, the One familiar with this man’s and every man’s suffering, found the blind man to finish His life-giving work.
He introduced Himself to the man, who surely believed by now he’d received more life through Jesus’ gritty touch than he’d ever need. Why, he just risked everything in defense of this Man he’d barely met.
As best as he could tell, he already had enough.
Jesus came and brought him more.
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
“Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. (John 9:35-38)
Hearing of his encounter with the religious elite, one could easily assume he knew all about the Healer, knew of the Rabbi’s teaching, knew of Jesus’ claims to be the Son of God. The Son of Man.
But reading of his encounter with Jesus, I believe he did not.
Jesus asks, Do you believe?
The man responds, Tell me so I can.
And in the moment Jesus tells the man that He is He, the man believes, and worships, and finds that enough can be so much more.
Ending my stay in John 9 with this. For other John 9 posts, look here.