March 21, 2020                                                                                                      

John 9:13-25 … “He answered, ‘I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.’” vs. 25

The Pharisees were throwing all kinds of questions at the man who had once been blind, implying that he hadn’t been blind in the first place, and then claiming that Jesus had been a sinner. The man’s responses are plain and to the point. He doesn’t know about all the things the Pharisees are claiming, he doesn’t understand the law they know so well, he’s not an expert–but he does know one thing, that once he was blind and now he could see. That’s pretty much what it comes down to for most of us. We don’t know much theology, few of us have been to seminary, and we really don’t understand the nuances of atonement theories. But we do know one thing: our faith in God’s grace gives us peace and serenity, and is more precious than silver or gold. And we love to sing the hymn Amazing Grace! Even people with tenuous connections to church know many of the words and it has become a classic for most every tragic circumstance. In those moments when words fail us and explanations fall short, we gladly join our voices in singing “I once was blind, but now I see,” and our spirits are lifted. We feel the same joy as the man felt in the presence of the questioning Pharisees. He couldn’t explain a thing–but he certainly knew that he could see!

Thought for the Day: Why does singing Amazing Grace feel so right?