To recap: Jesus performs an incredible miracle for someone who knew next to nothing about Him. Jesus seeks the man out after he has been excommunicated by the religious leaders and questions him about BELIEF. Specifically, belief in the “Son of Man.” The man born blind believes and worships. An obvious example to all who read this story. Do we allow for process when we are sharing “the Son of Man” with others?
Jesus knew that He would divide people into the believers and the non-believers. He was not One about whom someone could respond, “Ummmm. No opinion.” He declares, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Interesting that we read in John 3, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” His mission is salvation. For those who reject His salvation, judgment.
If we think of man as spiritually neutral, then judgment seems arbitrary. However, if man is actively rebelling against the Creator of the universe, and the Son of God comes to rescue, what should happen to those who refuse to be rescued? If the metaphor being used is that of a person drowning in the ocean, one could argue that a wise rescuer (lifeguard) would bonk a victim on the head and forcibly take them to shore if they fought the rescuer.
But we are far worse than an innocent drowning victim, aren’t we? (to be continued)