They logically deduced, from their premise that their view of Sabbath-keeping was the correct one, that Jesus could not be the Messiah promised of God. It just did not make sense! Why would the Messiah violate His own commandments about treating the Sabbath as holy?
As we learn in Jesus’ other fights with the Pharisees, they had replaced God’s Word with their own traditions. What they were defending was not always God’s truth, but their perspectives and additions and expansions of God’s truths. And Jesus seemed to not care a whit when He broke their Sabbath!
NOT KEEPING THE SABBATH = NOT BEING FROM GOD. Their logic was impeccable. The only problem was that they now had a healed tourist in their midst, a grown man who wanted to go SIGHT-seeing! He had been healed — by a Sabbath-breaker!
Their theological machinery was blowing a gasket! “How can a sinner perform such signs?” Of course, every miracle done by God through every human being in the Bible (apart from Jesus) was done through a sinner, was it not? Something was terribly wrong — either with the miracle itself or the details of the miracle or the Person of Jesus. Or their presupposition about the Sabbath?
I imagine that by this time the man born blind was becoming increasingly impatient. Fingers pointing at him. Accusations made. Questions hurled like poisonous darts. Looks of disgust, religious indignation, logical confusion reigning. He was probably done with talking. He wanted to go see some things. (to be continued)