How Much Is Enough
They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes? He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again?”
John 9:26-27 (ESV)
My wife and I recently watched The Case for Christ on Netflix, a film about an atheist journalist who tries to debunk the life of Christ through legal and investigative journalism. After speaking to many experts, doctors, and scholars, the main character becomes frustrated with the results. The evidence was not saying what he wanted to hear. But he wouldn’t quit and pressed on only to receive similar results. Eventually his friend finally asks him, “How much is enough?”
This scene reminds me of the events in John chapter 9. We find the Pharisees questioning a man who was born blind but was recently healed by Jesus. They ask him to explain how he received his sight. The man explained Jesus made mud, applied to his eyes, washed it away and now he sees. Sounded simple.
But it didn’t satisfy the Pharisees. They went on to question the man’s parents and then back to question the man again. I could just imagine the man rolling his freshly cleaned eyes to the back of his head. Having just received his sight, all the beauty of the world could be before him, but instead, he was forced to stare at a bunch of confused, scrunched-up, doubting faces.
Annoyed, he spoke again, “I’ve told you my story already and you didn’t listen!” And after that moment the Pharisees turned on the man and cast him out.
It is unfortunate that no matter how often we tell our story there are some people that will never be able to really hear what we’re saying. They are so caught up in their own perspective of how the world works that they can’t understand. They’ve heard the witnesses, they’ve seen the evidence, and they still don’t know about this Jesus.
It is encouraging to read later in the chapter that when Jesus heard the man had been cast out of his social circle and the world he had known for so long, Jesus found him and brought him into a new family.
I would encourage you to tell your story and to believe and follow the Son of Man, for the Lord has revealed so much to us through His Word and His love that it would be futile to continue fighting the evidence. The case is closed. Our God reigns!
God, I pray as we continue to study your Word and grow in our passion for prayer that you would allow us to see. Give us the courage to carry on following the Way, even when the world mocks and scoffs at us in their misunderstanding. Today, I pray we find comfort and encouragement knowing that if we believe you’re the Son of Man, then we have the privilege of seeing and being close to You. Let that be our constant heart’s desire. Amen!