The Pharisees “knew” that Jesus was a sinner, but they have one problem: before them stands a man who, from all the evidence they can gather, was BORN BLIND! And now he is looking at them! The Pharisees’ logic was rather simple: GOD DOESN’T DO MIRACLES THROUGH SINNERS >>> JESUS IS A SINNER >>> THEREFORE, GOD COULD NOT HAVE DONE A MIRACLE THROUGH JESUS. But there the man is.
And he can TALK! He gives his own testimony: “I was blind but now I see!” A verbal, visible witness. What can one do about that?!
How do we counteract wrong views about Jesus? We let them look at our lives. They won’t see perfection (obviously), but they ought to see authenticity. Genuineness. A change or changes for the better!
One of the many benefits of being a “friend of sinners” (like Jesus was — Mt. 11) is that they become a kind of audience to observe what God is doing in our lives. What good is a light if one hides it under a bushel? What good is a LIFE if one hangs out only with other Christians? Living our lives before unbelievers motivates us to follow hard after Jesus — and to let Him change us!
Years ago there was a saying that is still helpful today: If you were arrested on charges of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Great question. What evidence is in your life today that Jesus has changed you? (to be continued)