They don’t believe the man’s oft-repeated story of his healing, so they send for Mom and Dad. This must have been traumatic for them. They are interrupted as they are presumably looking at brochures for a sight-seeing tour for their son and are hauled onto the carpet to be interrogated by frustrated, angry Pharisees!
They are grilled with three questions: (1) “Is this your son?”; (2) “Is this the one you say was born blind?”; (3) “How is it that now he can see?” The first two questions are easy to answer, although some parents might have been tempted for reasons of self-interest to not claim this man as their son. But how in the world were they to answer the third question?!
If you were to list your top 10 fears in life (being tossed in a pit with rattlesnakes, becoming the hairdresser for President Trump, etc.), would being tossed out of the local church be one of them? For many of us, if that were to happen, we might just say as we were walking out, “I NEVER LIKED THE COLOR OF THE CARPET ANYWAY!” And then just go to the church down the street.
To the Pharisees acknowledging Jesus as the cause of this man’s healing meant (virtually) acknowledging Him as the Promised Messiah. And that they could not allow! So the parents pass the buck — back to their wide-eyed son. (to be continued)