Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.
The religious leaders were skeptical when word reached them. Surely there must be some mistake here. No one can open the eyes of a man blind from birth.
So they called the formerly blind man to their counsel and asked him if it was true. They didn’t believe the man even when he affirmed Jesus had healed him. So they called his parents.
One can only imagine the parent’s fear at being summoned in such a way. They were afraid to answer, except to confirm this was their son and he was indeed born blind and to suggest they talk to him about it.
His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue.
How sad when religion is held together by control and fear tactics. How different the respect and freedom in the true teaching from God!
Calling the man in for a second time, the leaders attempt to coerce him to agree with them that Jesus is a sinner and to deny Jesus’ part in the miracle.
The man’s reply - Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!
Their reaction? An attempt to ridicule that, as it turns out, is the highest compliment that can be given - You are this fellow's disciple! And they threw him out!
Students of the Teacher identify with this man, for their eyes too have been opened to His power to transform their lives.
Our challenge before a disbelieving world? To also be guilty of the charge – You are this fellow’s disciple!