Daily Good News – Expelled to Eternal Life
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May 28, 2015 1274
“Jesus heard that they had thrown the former blind man out of the synagogue, so he went looking for him. When he found him he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ …. ‘The man said, ‘Lord I believe,’ and he worshipped him” (John 9:35-38).
Jesus had healed the man who was born blind, but the church leaders were furious. They could not accept that Jesus had healed a man they believed was blind because of his or his parents’ sin. In their opinion, Jesus was a sinner because he didn’t follow their rules. But the man held his ground. In front of all those accusing him of lying, he insisted, “If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
They threw the man out of the synagog, which was a grave punishment in those days. But Jesus, who was the God they were meant to be worshipping in the Temple, went and found the man. In their simple conversation, Jesus told him plainly that he was the Son of God and the man’s reaction was opposite to that of the Jewish leaders. He believed without question and worshipped Jesus. Just as Jesus had restored his physical sight, so he opened his spiritual eyes and saw his God before him. He might have been thrown out of the synagog, but he found true salvation.
Jesus well knows what it costs to step out and follow him, but he offers to compensate you for your loyalty to him with the greatest gift possible (Matt.28:20). Others will forsake you; but he never will.