Today’s bible reading gives an insight into the argument that ensued between the Pharisees and the Lord Jesus. The Jews were filled with rage at Jesus because he revealed their pretentious life style and were angry at his claims of being the son of God. They called him demon possessed though Jesus refuted that. He then explained to them that he came to honour the God that they claim to know and not to seek His own glory and yet they dishonoured him by not believing that he came from God. He further added that whosoever obeyed his word would never see death, in their amazement they asked him if he was greater than Abraham, to this He told them that even Abraham their father rejoices at the thought of seeing this day and was happy about it because before Abraham, he was. At this they took stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself and slipped away from their midst.
As Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. The disciples wanted to know whose sin made him blind but Jesus responded saying neither his parents nor this man sinned but that the work of God should be revealed in him, then Jesus healed the blind man.
We should learn to respond to personal attacks like Jesus did. We saw how he responded to their attacks and accusations, he never retaliated. In our Christian walk, there could be an attack on our character and beliefs, but we should trust God to fight and defend us because vengeance is his and He will always have our backs. As true Christians we know that we have been passed from death to life and we mustn’t allow ourselves be bothered about what people think or say about us but ensure that our lives glorify God.
Lord Jesus, I will always trust you to fight my battle and ensure that I live for you.
Reading – John 8:48-9:12
Jesus’ Claims About Himself
48 The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”
49 “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
52 At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death.53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi,who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
12 “Where is this man?” they asked him.
“I don’t know,” he said.