On the 18th of May 2013 at 6 pm, I attended the Family Blessing meeting at Jesus Calls prayer tower, Midview City, Bishan. The service was led by Pastor Thanaraj Thomas from John Gospel ministries, a powerful man of God from Chennai. After sharing a brief testimony about his personal life, he shared the message from John 9 – A blind man receiving perfect eyesight after his encounter with Jesus.
9 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I[a] must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him,“Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. 8 Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind[b] said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” 9 Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.”[c] He said, “I am he.” 10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of[d] Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” 12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15
The blind man was 40 years old when he received his miracle. Jesus spat on the ground, made clay with saliva and placed it on his eyes and asked him to wash it in Siloam river. He obeys Jesus instructions. As soon as he receives the miracle, he shares it with the society. The first problem he faced was from his neighbors. They were surprised but not happy. Instead of being happy, they started questioning him.
Pastor Thanaraj Thomas asked the people “Do we witness about our Lord Jesus? Do we share our testimony among our family and friends?” The blind man shared the testimony among the people. The Lord expects the same from us. You should witness it publicly.
The second problem he faced was when they handed him to Pharisees. The pharisees were experts in theology. When the Pharisees questioned his healing, he shared a brief testimony. He was not afraid of Pharisees.
Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” 18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. 19
Some people do not share testimony said Pastor Thomas. They wait for a bigger miracle to share the testimony. We must share testimony even if it’s seemingly small. Like the blind man, we must boldly confess.
The third problem he faced was from his parents. His parents were irresponsible, they sent him for begging. They were also afraid of Pharisees when the pharisees questioned about the healing of their son. He mentioned, today there are people who are disheartened because of their parents. He encouraged, even if the parents forsake you, God will never forsake you.
And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” 24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” 25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” 28 Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples.29 We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.” 30 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” 34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out. 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him,“Do you believe in the Son of God?”[e] 36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” 37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” 38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him. 39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” 40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.
The man who received healing first, witnessed to the society, then to pharisees, and then to his parents. In all situation, he was never disheartened and shared his testimony.
He mentioned, Jesus will always come in search for you. Even if you lose your money or beauty, God will never forsake you. Whatever be the situation, cling close to God.
After the sermon, people came forward to be prayed. He prophesied and prayed for each one individually. It was awesome moment.
Praise God for a wonderful time 🙂