Think about the varied ways that museum guests view a masterpiece.
Some are awestruck by the color and design. Others will shake their
heads and mutter criticism. A few throw a quick glance its way before
moving on. A couple ignore the work altogether.
When those who knew the healed man’s previous condition see his miraculous healing, they take him to the Pharisees to get their opinion of what Jesus did. Perhaps they just don’t know what to think about this or are jealous because this man received a blessing. Do they hope the Pharisees will have a reasonable explanation for what happened? Do they want Jesus to get into trouble for his unconventional method? Or do they want to hear the Pharisees pronounce that this healing work is divine proof that Jesus is the Son of God?
The Pharisees are divided on their opinion of this miracle. Some object because Jesus heals on the Sabbath, implying he has sinned against God. Others disagree, saying that no sinner could perform such a sign. So, they turn to the one who was healed. “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened” (v. 17). The man replies, “He is a prophet” (v. 17).
His answer is not wrong, but it is incomplete. The man is just
beginning to understand who Jesus is. Jesus met him where he is, at
the point of his need, so he answers with all he knows about Jesus.
For now, he only knows who has given him physical sight. Like one
who learns to appreciate an artist’s work more deeply, he will soon
understand Jesus’ ministry more fully.
When have you overlooked or negated a gift that God created and wanted you to appreciate? How do we learn to embrace God’s good work instead of simply criticizing it?
Lord, each day you reveal more to us about who you are and what you mean to our lives. Help us grow in our appreciation for you and in our relationship with you. Amen.