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The light of faith, John 9:24-38

22nd Mar 2019

24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.35 Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him.  (NRSV)

I love to doodle, I am sure it helps me to concentrate, listening and doodling, sometimes the images that link to what is being said but sometimes just random things.  I thought I would share with you some doodles – a bar, a rabbit and a snake.

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You might look and think that’s not right – that isn’t a bar, a rabbit and a snake, that’s three prongs, a duck and an impossible snake.  Hmmmm…..

To be honest I have always loved optical illusions and brain games and highly recommend the Brain Game to anyone also interested.  The science behind what we see and what we perceive and understand is far more complex than I could tell you but the basic principle is that we see what we expect to and our brain works with that (that is very basic!)

The passage today talks about people with totally different perspectives – a man who had been healed but didn’t really know how but knew by who.  Pharisees who knew all the laws and commands and could tell you what should happen and why.  The man didn’t have the knowledge of how it all worked he just knew it had, in fact he knew that he shouldn’t have been healed (a sinner).  He was willing to be insulted, ridiculed and excluded because he knew what he knew – God had healed him.

When Jesus came to him and asked him about the ‘Son of Man’ the man did not question the theological rationale of Son of God, Son of Man, he did not first discuss the incarnational possibilities and realities.  He just said “Tell me so I can believe in him.”

The beautiful verse in Lamentations (3:22-23) which reminds us that God’s ‘compassions never fail…. They are new every morning.’ How wonderful to remember this simple idea of looking afresh at each new day, to seeing the wonders around us and the joys of the day and to have this simple faith to know and see again the Saviour. 

(An extra optical illusion for you – stare at the four dots in the centre of the image for at least 45 seconds then look at something bright and you should see Jesus!)

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Lucie Hutson, MCYM Tutor