We’ve been stretching our brains considering the incommunicable attributes of God during our mid-week study. Incommunicable — 14 letters, 6 syllables — and that’s but one of the big words we’ve added to our vocabulary.
Another is God’s incomprehensibility — God is beyond fully understanding. If you think you’ve got your arms wrapped around who God is, then you’ve got the wrong God. If you think He’s just a bigger, better, more super-sized and perfect version of you, then you’re starting at the wrong reference point. In our quest to know God deeper, I’m being reminded, again and again, how much I don’t know.
Maybe that’s why a familiar passage in John’s gospel penetrates deeply this morning. Because it affirms one thing I do know.
John doesn’t reveal his name. He’s identified initially as “a man blind from birth” (9:1), and then is renamed “the man who had formerly been blind” (9:13). How come? Sunday School 101 answer: Jesus! And boy, does he cause a stir among the religious elite of the day.
Another miracle of Jesus that they have to deal with. They first try to deny it. Was he really born blind? Yup. So then they have to discredit it. But these eyes that have never worked started to work on the Sabbath. “Work!” . . . on the Sabbath . . . this man Jesus can’t be of God.
For all their 14 letter, 6 syllable words, the religious brain trust of the Jews refused to believe. And so they call the man who had formerly been blind back to the stand to testify. And testify he does!
So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this Man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
(John 9:24-25 ESV)
The man who had formerly been blind wasn’t all that interested in whether making mud on the Sabbath was a violation of the Sabbath. Didn’t care a lot about whether or not placing mud on the eyes crossed the theological t’s of the Pharisees. When it came to giving glory to God, what He was certain of was this, “Though I was blind, now I see.” Period. Full stop. Drop the mic.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying we shouldn’t be studying theology or the high things of God. I wouldn’t be investing hours (and treading water in an ocean of awe) with such things as aseity, infinity, simplicity, and immutability, if I didn’t think that to know God deeply is to love God deeply. If I wasn’t convinced that the more expanded our belief about God, the greater our desire to walk in obedience with God.
But what I am saying is that of all things I’m realizing I still don’t know, one thing I do know. I too was blind, but not anymore. I was in bondage to sin but now am free. I once lived in fear of death but now to live is Christ and die is gain. I once was an enemy of God, but now I’m a son.
How come? Sunday School 101 answer: Jesus! He touched me and made me whole (thanx again Billy G.).
One thing I do know. I once was blind but now I see. And I walk in the light — though not perfectly, still very much dependently, and in need of cleansing blood constantly.
But oh, so wonderful!
By God’s grace. For God’s glory.