John 7:45-46 “Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.”
I often wonder if I would have lived in the time of Christ, would I be one to hear Jesus’ words and follow Him, or be one to follow the crowd?
His words to the common man were powerful. They saw the miracles. They heard the truth. Many among them were converted and decidedly for Jesus.
Look at blind man made to see by the hand of Jesus.
Jesus applied wet clay to his eyes and sent him to wash at the pool of Siloam, and immediately sight was given him.
John 9:7 “And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.”
Not only were the crowds against him, but some of the people sided with the Pharisees out of fear. But when confronted about what had happened, he gave Jesus all the credit.
John 9:11 “He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.”
Never wanting to waste an opportunity, the Pharisees sought to use this as a means to condemn Jesus for what had happened to this man. In so doing, the blind man rebuked them.
John 9:30-33 “The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.”
For his response, the blind man now healed, was cast out for standing up to the religious crowd of the day.
I want to think that I would have the character and strength to do the same.
I do know that my heart is tender to the Word of God; it’s reading, preaching, and teaching. Meditating on the Word of God allows me to think more deeply about its truths, its application to my life, and so much more.
May our lives today be so much less stressed and made quiet to hear the voice of our Lord. In these, the end times, we hear all sorts of things like what we are dealing with today. May we have enough character to hold to our faith and not be swayed by the chaotic.
God is sovereign. He is, and always was, and always will be in control. It has not escaped His attention that the world is chaotic right now. We, who are His children, should reflect the same calm.
Are His words life-changing and our lives revealing the transforming power of the Word of God?
If not, why not?