The gospel of John devotes a whole chapter to the story of a man who indeed was a man with a difference! An outcast and a sinner in the eyes of society, he was the focus of the great kindness and miracle working power of God. Jesus healed his blindness and this caused a great shock among his neighbours and acquaintances. When the people asked him who had performed that miracle, all he could answer was that it was done by one man called Jesus. Jesus had not disclosed to the man who he was, but the miracle was of such ampitude that it left everyone wondering and asking who was the authour of such deed.
When the Pharisees began to investigate the issue and heard that it was done by that man called Jesus, they tried to dismiss him. But many replied "how can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?" (John 9:16). The veracity and impressiveness of the miracle became even more evident when the parents of the man testified to the Pharisees that their son had indeed been born blind. Yet the Pharisees insisted Jesus was a sinner (verse 24) and that he could not be from God as the miracles attested to (verse 29). And this is where this man spoke aloud and reprimanded the Pharisees for their foolishness, saying: "Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes... If this man were not of God, he could do nothing" (verses 30-33). His statement was an enormous display of spiritual intelligence and love for the truth! The Bible tells us the man was severely punished for his defence of that man called Jesus.
Verses 35-38 are most touching. Jesus, having heard that the man had been so punished for defending him, went to meet him personally; and this time Jesus revealed himself to him one on one: "Dost thou believe on the Son of God?... Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee..." That man was rewarded with a personal knowledge of Jesus!
In our generation we are witnesses of another man with a difference, Pastor Chris, that is giving birth to an enormous host of men and women with a difference around the world. Men and women who are bold to stand for Jesus with spiritual intelligence, with love for the truth, and thoroughly furnished with the Word of God and the ability of the Spirit. We do give God the praise! This is what the world needs! Thank you Sir, thank you Pastor!
Are you a man or a woman with a difference? If you are, kindly comment on this post, pass it on to others and encourage them also to comment on it. You are highly blessed!
EVERYBODY IN YOOKOS! OUR TIME IS NOW!