I am struck with how hard hearted the Jews were that gathered around Jesus in verse 24.
“How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
Why did he have to tell them plainly? He just gave sight to a man that had been blind since birth, for heavens sake!!
The expression, “Actions speak louder than words” must not have been penned back then!
Sadly, these people (the Pharisees) were the “hired hands” that Jesus spoke of, who care nothing for the sheep. (vs. 13) They didn’t care about the fact that this man’s sight had been restored. They were much more concerned that mixing spit with dirt to make mud was work, and work must not be done on the Sabbath! 🙄
I thought verse 38 was interesting. “..but if I do them (good works), even though you do not believe, believe the works that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Jesus, by his actions, proved he was the Christ.
I have said before that I think the old saying, “Seeing is believing” isn’t the way it works. I think the saying should be, “Believing is seeing.” It is so much easier to see the miracles of God when you have belief! Yet, Jesus is basically saying here, “Come on people! Even if you don’t believe what I say, look at what I am doing!”
But, they just couldn’t…😞
That reminds me of the verse in Romans, “So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.” (9:18) Had God hardened the hearts of these people? Maybe for a time and a purpose…
This touches on one of those theological points that I have a hard time getting my head around.
But, after long stretches of trying to understand and not getting there…I always end with the thought….. Thank you Jesus for opening my eyes to your miracles!!!!