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The Lenten Journey 2015 – Don’t Let No One Take Your Testimony

BrownJohn 9:13-34

In our text Jesus heals a man born blind and gives him an irrefutable testimony to the power of God. The man who can now see reveals the obvious about Jesus that those with sight should’ve been able to perceive. When the Lord does something for you, “you know that you know that you know” as the saying goes, that affirms that an experiential transformative encounter with the Holy One brings forth and reveals a knowledge that is not subject to external critique or the conventional assumptions of others.

The man born blind had his eyes opened in a very peculiar manner by Jesus using mud and a word. He told him to go wash.

The Pharisees challenged the miracle on the grounds that it was done on the Sabbath. Some, however,  understood that as simply labeling Jesus as sinner, and what he had just done as divine ophthalmologist, did not reconcile with each other. They may have implicitly understood that this could only be attributed to divine power although the other Pharisees refused to believe it. So, they challenge the man born blind and he stands on his testimony, choosing to reveal who is Jesus.

The test of his testimony is when they ask him personally about what Jesus did and the man born blind says that Jesus is a prophet. Jesus’ command gave him sight because of his obedience as in the spirit of Elijah and Elisha. The Jews didn’t believe he was blind, calling his parents to affirm that, yes, he was born blind.

However, fearing them, they defer to their son to answer for his miracle saying that he can speak for himself; perhaps they did know that Jesus opened his eyes, but they were afraid to confess that it was Jesus.
The thing with confession is that it is personal, nobody can confess for anybody else, and like the man, can’t nobody tell your testimony. The text says for a second time they called him to challenge his testimony, but he stands firm, telling them the one thing he does know; he was blind and now he can see. They press him further and his testimony does not change.

Jesus opened his eyes, but they refuse to hear it, as well as “see” it. Out his testimony and what the Lord did for him, we see that he decided to follow Jesus. He can testify as disciple because he’s able to speak of the one whom he knows that he’s following. As much as they attempt to discredit Jesus the master physician, they cannot discredit and discount the self-evident miracle of sight.

A miracle-something new that had never been done before, and as result the man’s testimony, stands as witness to the power of God regardless of the naysayers.

Pastor Timothy W. Brown
Greater Dimension Community Fellowship COGIC
Radcliff, KY

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  1. Pastor Delphine Lynetta Vasser says:

    Thank you for sharing this timely truth, we must be focus on what the Lord has said, and done. We shouldn’t allow anyone to still our testimony. Truly enjoyed your devotional.

  2. Rev. Patsy Brown says:

    Thank you, Pastor Brown, for the telling so vividly of this, one of my favorite Bible stories!!! You are so right when you say, “Don’t let no one take your testimony!” The man that once was blind but could now see took a daring step when he confessed Christ’s work regardless of the fate he faced for his confession. We too must face the enemy with such boldness!!! Be Blessed!!!

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