"One thing I know ... "
"One thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see" (John 9:25).
Every believer can share his /her personal experience of Christ.
Many people say, "I don't know very much." They use this as an excuse for their failure to speak a word for Jesus.
The man, who received his sight, didn't use his lack of knowledge as an excuse for not speaking for Jesus. He said, "I don't know." Then, he said, "One thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see" (John 9:25).
To help us learn the lesson that every believer can and should share his / her personal testimony, when the opportunity, let's look at the context in which these words were spoken.
There are three factors which contribute significantly to this context:
- the relation between Jesus and the man;
- the relation between the man and his world;
- the man himself.
(1) Jesus and the man
There are two moments of contact between Jesus and the man:
- the healing (John 9:1-8);
- the profession of faith (John 9:35-38).
In both instances, we note the initiative of Jesus.
- In the first instance, there is no indication that the man came looking for healing from Jesus. All we are told is this: Jesus healed him.
- In the second instance, we are told that Jesus "found" the man. Isn't that the right order? Sometimes, we say, "I found Jesus." Is it not more true to the Gospel and Christian experience to say, "Jesus found me"?
When Jesus found and healed this man, He changed the man. When a person encounters Jesus, he / she can never be the same again.
One of the first changes was this: the man's new-found faith was put to the test. No-one can become a disciple and expect to evade the testing of his / her faith.
(2) The man and his world
The man's world was made up of three groups of people. Each of these groups had a different attitude towards him.
- the man's neighbours had an attitude of indifference towards him;
- the man's parents had an attitude of compromise towards him;
- the Pharisees had an attitude of rejection towards him.
These attitudes of indifference, compromise and rejection face us today.
- Think of the indifference of the person who hears the Christian's personal testimony and says, "So what!"
- Think of the compromise of the person who hears the Christian's personal testimony and says, "I know, but ... "
- Think of the rejection that comes from the person who hears the Christian's personal testimony and says, "Rubbish!"
We must learn not to be influenced by such attitudes. we must learn to be faithful to God.
(3) The man himself
Here, we look at the man's experience, testimony and influence.
- The man's experience: his eyes were opened. This is what happens to the believer when Christ is received into his / her heart (2 Corinthians 4:3-6).
- The man's testimony: he had received his sight. This is the Christian's testimony (Acts 26:18).
- the man's influence: a whole lot of people started thinking about Jesus.
This man gave Jesus the opportunity to call the Pharisees to trust Him as their Saviour.
As we consider the man's experience, testimony and influence, we must ask some important questions about our own experience, testimony and influence.
- Have I any personal experience of Christ, opening my eyes to see Him as my Saviour?
- Have I a personal testimony to Christ as the Saviour, who has changed my life?
- Has the Lord used me to bring other people to Him?
These are questions which require a personal response from each and every one of us.