by Dr. Charles Stanley
In Touch Daily Devotional
Telling It Like It Is
Have you ever considered the sheer power in your simple testimony?
John's gospel tells a wonderful story of a blind man whom Jesus healed. If the story ended with the man opening his eyes and praising God, it would certainly be powerful. However, John carries the account a bit further; as a result, we witness the events that happened next.
The Jewish authorities did not know what to make of this miraculous healing. They had all the facts before them-a man they knew was born blind, the crowd that overheard his interaction with Jesus, the proof of identity provided by his parents-and yet they refused to believe what was clear to so many. Essentially, they challenged the man's testimony.
In this way, the authorities voiced their disbelief: "We know that this man (Jesus) is a sinner" (John 9:24). The assumption is that He could therefore perform no miracle.
The healed man's response was brilliant in its simplicity: "Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see" (John 9:25).
No matter what else was said, the man knew the Pharisees could not refute the basic fact that he had been healed. Scripture shows the authorities lost their tempers because they could not argue their way around that fact.
People cannot argue against the truth of your experience with Jesus. Rejoice that He has given you such a powerful weapon in the midst of so great a spiritual battlefield.
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