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“‘We know he is our son,’ the parents answered, ‘and we know he was born blind. But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.’ His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. That was why his parents said, ‘He is of age; ask him.’”

– John 9:20-23

In what seemed like an unprecedented move on the part of the Pharisees, they summoned the blind man whom Jesus healed — along with his parents — to an investigation. So threatened were they by the potential his miracle had to inspire others to faith in Christ that they felt the need to undo his witness publically. After he boldly declared that he believed his Healer was a prophet, the religious teachers turned to his parents and inquired of them as to the source of their son’s restoration. However, the Bible says that they were afraid to respond honestly because they might be thrown out of the synagogue for acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah. If they dared to disagree with the Pharisees, they could lose their place in the faith community they had belonged to for a long time, and this was enough to keep them quiet. Their son, however, refused to cower in fear. He knew what it was like to be blind, and now he knew the glory of being able to see, so he testified again to the fact that he believed Jesus was empowered by God to restore his sight. Amazingly, while he had waited his entire life to be accepted by “religion” and now he had a chance, he just couldn’t deny the One who made him whole for the sake of fitting in. Although he was rejected from birth for being blind and then thrown out again for being healed, being embraced by the Pharisees was not as important to him as proclaiming the truth about his Savior.

My friend, don’t be afraid to testify about what Jesus has done for you! While it might not be acceptable in the eyes of the world — or even in the eyes of certain “religious” people — telling others about God’s glory has the potential to transform lives. Being a Christian is not a guarantee of popularity; in fact, just the opposite is true. However, when you fearlessly share your story whenever you have the opportunity, you will experience a joy that is soul-deep and be flooded with a peace that far surpasses any benefit you could derive from being popular with people. As you acknowledge your Lord’s power before men, He will acknowledge you before His Father and pour out fountains of Heavenly favor in your midst.

Prayer


Jesus, fill my heart with deep faith and bold courage to share with others all that you’ve done for me.

Reflection


When was the last time you shared your God story?

 

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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