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Weekly Devotion – John 9:18

By Mike Caton

John 9:18, They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents.

Who are they? The obvious answer here is the Pharisees. The man was brought to the Pharisees in verse 13, the Pharisees asked him how he had received his sight in verse 15, some of them accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath in verse 16, and they are referred in in about every verse between. If you look back over those verses, there is really no debate among them about whether this man had been blind or not, they all seem to conclude that something happened, and some of them deemed it a miracle. So, why the sudden change of direction?

The short answer is, they are not getting the answers they want. Jesus has already ruffled their feathers on a couple of occasions. They have already decided that they must get rid of Jesus. Do they really think that bringing in the man’s parents is going to give them any new information? Folks know this man was born blind, they have already agreed he is the man and they cannot deny that he can now see.

Remember, everything is not explainable in our world. This was a miracle they are dealing with here. It is something outside of the usual laws of nature. Instead of trying to figure it out, instead of trying to explain it away, why not simply rejoice and honor God that it happened! We all too often get so caught up in the questioning that we forget to celebrate the victories that come our way. And those reasons to rejoice come every day, we simply need to look for them. Just imagine the good things that have already happened and that will happen this morning; you got out of bed, dressed yourself, and so forth, someone will fall in love, someone will find a dollar, the sun will shine (somewhere), someone will eat a good meal, and on and on! Instead of wondering why, instead of worrying about the next one, instead of trying to explain or disprove it, simply thank God for it!

Father, thank you for every blessing! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works part time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email mikecaton@centurylink.net.

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