John 9:30-34 :: “Nobody has ever heard”

30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will.(A) 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God,(B) he could do nothing.”

34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth;(C) how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.

Nobody has ever heard.

Did you breeze past that the way I have a million times?

This guy, this blind man, sounds like the very first blind-now-seeing man. Ever. There had never been a healing regarding sight before.

I can’t even imagine that. My world, from my youngest-girl Sunday school recollections, are of amazing things Jesus did.

Like straightening out limbs. Or bringing light to eyes. Or calling life from death.

So, the fact that blindness had never been cured, well, maybe that explains a little bit why the Jews keep asking — and re-asking –what happened.

No one had ever heard of something like this.

Make me wonder if I would have believed that day. Or if I’d have joined with the crowd in saying, “Surely not. God doesn’t work like that.”

Makes me wonder what I discount today because I’ve never seen God do it.

And, I’m sure you’ve noticed this, but God tends to like to shake things up. Showing His power and beckoning praise when He does the unexpected.

That’s the kind of God I really want.

The kind who makes people say, “Nobody has ever heard of ________ before.”

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