When something miraculous happens to us, we naturally want to share the good news with others.
Yet when we try to share the blessing with others, we are too often met with anything but joy. Don’t be discouraged, this is nothing new, it’s happened throughout history, and continues to this day. People trying to rob you of your miracle.
There is story in the scripture illustrating this very same scenario. In fact when I read it, I thought, wow, this could be today. The miracle, the reaction of others, all of it.
The story begins in John 9:1 “As he passed by, He saw a man blind from birth.” While Jesus’s disciples inquired if the man was blind because of sin in the family, Jesus ““spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam”. So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.””(John 9:6-7).
Those that witnessed the miracle, right away, didn’t believe it. The Debbie-downers of the day, tried to deny the miracle, insisting it was a different man. They didn’t say ‘praise God,’ ‘how wonderful,’ or ‘please tell us about this wonderful thing.’ No, it was – you’re not the blind beggar, you are someone else.
The formerly blind man kept insisting “I am the one.” Still unconvinced, they asked “How then were your eyes opened?” At this point, they could no longer deny the miracle, but their unbelief required an explanation: this couldn’t have just happened, something or someone else helped to bring about this miracle. So the formerly blind man told them the whole story. Still, there was nothing but doubt, and ““They said to him, where is He?” He said, “I do not know.””
Because we still don’t believe you (or are just jealous of you) we will take you to the experts, maybe they can explain this miracle away, and attribute it to anything but a miracle. Sound familiar? You know what I’m talking about, you share your miracle, the person you share it with smiles, and says ‘wonderful,’ with that air of ‘if you say so.’
So they bring him to the Pharisees (the religious experts of the day), the priests who were supposed to be the men closest to knowing God’s will. The formerly blind man tells the story of the miracle to the religious experts. And wouldn’t you know it -right away, they criticized, not only the miracle itself, but denied the miracle came from God.
Why? Because they were the Pharisees, they were the administrators of miracles. They were in charge of how God’s glory was to be displayed and dispensed. How dare this Jesus person perform a miracle that they were not a part of. So they insisted “This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Thus implying Jesus was a sinner. They refused to believe in the works of God because it didn’t fit into the law, as they understood it.
It’s no different today. The works and miracles of God are balked at because they don’t fit into the established understanding of the laws of physics and medicine. Since they can’t explain it, they put it back on you, the recipient of the miracle, to explain it. And since you can’t, they believe you less, they attack your faith with their logic.
The Religious experts then did the same thing as those who first witnessed the man’s sight had been restored. They didn’t believe he was the same person, so they drag his parents in to confirm that the once blind man was their son.
The Pharisees ask the parents to explain the miracle. “”Then how does he see now?” How many explanations do you need before you believe? The parents couldn’t explain it, so it circles right back around to the formerly blind man when his parents say “Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.” The Pharisees finally, reluctantly, unable to deny the miracle, say “Give glory to God; we know that this man is a sinner.”
Can’t you just see the so called religious leaders of today – the priests, bishops, cardinals, and pastors saying – hey, we are glad you can see again, but it’s not a miracle unless we say it is. Unless we certify it and declare it a miracle, it’s not.
Can’t you picture the faces of those you worship with, claiming to believe in miracles, displaying the face of unbelief, when you try to share your miracle. I can. I’ve witnessed it!
The formerly blind man, the recipient of the miracle of sight, by his answer instructs us on how to deal with receiving the miracles of God and those who refuse to believe them. “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” One thing I do know! I can’t explain it, I can’t make you believe it; but guess what, it doesn’t matter if I can’t explain it. It doesn’t matter that you can’t explain it. It doesn’t matter if you believe it or not. Why!
“One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
Your miracle may not be as dramatic or as sensational as this man’s, but it’s a miracle nonetheless. Don’t let others lack of faith rob you of the miracle you’ve received. When Our Lord Jesus performed this miracle, it was for a broad audience and timeless message.
Some miracles are personal, private, victories of faith. The miracle you are granted may be for your edification alone, it may be for a small circle of friends. Or it may just be a miracle that affects hundreds of lives. Miracles come in all sizes, great and small. It’s not up to us to determine the size or importance of the miracle. All true miracles happen to glorify God, through his son The Lord Jesus.
Listen, to some a miracle may be simple as having enough food to eat that day. It may be having enough money to heat the house they live in. It may be having enough gas to make it back and forth to work until payday. It maybe the timely appearance of a friend to help you through troubled times.
If God grants you a miracle, it is to be shared to bring glory to God, through you. Be a good steward of the miracle you’ve been given. Share it to his glory, no matter how many doubters you encounter. And should they ask you to explain it, just tell them – I don’t know –“One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”