Paul Harvey was a known for the phrase…”And that’s the REST of the story”…after giving us a few more facts, the back-story, of an event that no one bothered to give.
Yesterday our thoughts ended with “There is so much more to this story”. When reading God’s Story, the Bible, His Word with the motivation to seek who He is and what He does, knowing the story is not about us, but about HIM, there is ALWAYS so much more than we can comprehend. That is why we can read the same passage we read last week and get yet another perspective, thought, guidance, or glimpse into the Truth. God speaks to hearts ready to listen as they read His Story.
So, let’s dive into the “rest of the story of the “blind from birth” man who is now interrogated by the religious leaders….
John 9, The Message
12 “So where is he?” (He is Jesus.)
“I don’t know.”
13-15 They marched the man to the Pharisees. This day when Jesus made the paste and healed his blindness was the Sabbath. The Pharisees grilled him again on how he had come to see. He said, “He put a clay paste on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see.”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “Obviously, this man can’t be from God. He doesn’t keep the Sabbath.”
Others countered, “How can a bad man do miraculous, God-revealing things like this?” There was a split in their ranks.
17 They came back at the blind man, “You’re the expert. He opened your eyes. What do you say about him?”
He said, “He is a prophet.”
18-19 The Jews didn’t believe it, didn’t believe the man was blind to begin with. So they called the parents of the man now bright-eyed with sight. They asked them, “Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? So how is it that he now sees?”
20-23 His parents said, “We know he is our son, and we know he was born blind. But we don’t know how he came to see—haven’t a clue about who opened his eyes. Why don’t you ask him? He’s a grown man and can speak for himself.” (His parents were talking like this because they were intimidated by the Jewish leaders, who had already decided that anyone who took a stand that this was the Messiah would be kicked out of the meeting place. That’s why his parents said, “Ask him. He’s a grown man.”)
24 They called the man back a second time—the man who had been blind—and told him, “Give credit to God. We know this man is an impostor.”
25 He replied, “I know nothing about that one way or the other. But I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see.”
26 They said, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
27 “I’ve told you over and over and you haven’t listened. Why do you want to hear it again? Are you so eager to become his disciples?”
28-29 With that they jumped all over him. “You might be a disciple of that man, but we’re disciples of Moses. We know for sure that God spoke to Moses, but we have no idea where this man even comes from.”
30-33 The man replied, “This is amazing! You claim to know nothing about him, but the fact is, he opened my eyes! It’s well known that God isn’t at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone who lives in reverence and does his will. That someone opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been heard of—ever. If this man didn’t come from God, he wouldn’t be able to do anything.”
34 They said, “You’re nothing but dirt! How dare you take that tone with us!” Then they threw him out in the street.
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and went and found him. He asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 The man said, “Point him out to me, sir, so that I can believe in him.”
37 Jesus said, “You’re looking right at him. Don’t you recognize my voice?”
38 “Master, I believe,” the man said, and worshiped him.
39 Jesus then said, “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.”
40 Some Pharisees overheard him and said, “Does that mean you’re calling us blind?”
41 Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.”
What do we learn from the rest of the story?
I am reminded of another verse in John (18:37) that says, “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” Do we hear his voice today? If we don’t, then we are not of the truth. If we don’t hear his voice, we don’t know the truth.
The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth, but we must dedicate ourselves to silent listening to hear his voice, and then we must obey. We can memorize the entire Bible, follow all the man-made church rules like wearing jeans on Sunday or not, and still not know the truth. The Bible only testifies about the truth; Jesus is the truth.
If we don’t hear his voice, we are still lost in our sins; but if we listen and obey the voice of the truth, our soul is purified by obedience to the truth.1 Peter 1:22. Jesus said: “There is only one thing needed. Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” — to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear his words. Luke 10:39-42.
“The sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.” John 10:3
“He leads them out of their sins”, John 8:31-32,34,36, “out of darkness to light,” John 8:12.
“When he has brought out his own sheep, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice.”
“I am the good shepherd, and I know my sheep, as I am known by my sheep.”
So we can see that hearing his voice and following him (obeying him) is critical to our future — critical to obtaining life everlasting! THAT is the rest of the story.
All I know is I was blind. But now I see. Master, I believe.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you, again for stirring our hearts to repent of our blindness, to stop and listen to your voice speak volumes to us where mere words on the pages of our Bibles are not enough, and to be guided by your Holy Spirit to go and do as You have said. Continue to be with us, Emmanuel.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.