The man who had been born blind, and had received his sight from Jesus when he washed in the pool of Siloam, was now on trial before the Pharisees because he had been healed on the Sabbath Day. At odds with each other about whether or not Jesus healed by the power of God, yet hating Jesus for healing on the Sabbath, they pressed the man who had been healed to tell them again what had happened.
“Look!” he replied, losing his patience, “I’ve already told you once; weren’t you listening? Why ask me again? Do you want to become His disciples as well?”At this reply, they cursed him. “You are His disciple, ” they said, ” but we are Moses’ disciples. We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.”
“Strange,” the healed man responded, “He gave me sight, and you don’t know where He’s come from? Look, we all know that God does not listen to sinners, but He will hear those who worship Him and do His will. And ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of one who was born blind. If Jesus were not from God, He never could have healed me!”
“You were born a total sinner!” they answered him. “Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.
Thus it was that a man, born blind and begging by the wayside, in a very short space of time found himself both jobless and churchless, but with the newfound ability to see and the conviction that Jesus Who had healed him was a Man of God.
Grace had, indeed, come to this man at a cost. Yet, as young as his faith in Jesus was, he had stood up for a man he barely knew at the cost of his own religious life. He had certainly been thrown out by the religious leaders, but he was soon to meet again with One Who has promised never to throw out any that come to Him!