John, chapter 9 tells the miraculous story of Jesus giving sight to a man born blind. The man’s healing was so dramatic (presumably it took place within a few hours) that many of his neighbors doubted he was the same person they had seen earlier in the day and who they knew was blind. Some were so sure the sighted man was an imposter that they sent for the blind man’s parents to affirm their suspicions. The parents testified the sighted man was their son who had been born blind. The parents also said they didn’t know how their son had received his sight. Despite what they witnessed with their own eyes and heard from both the man and his parents some persisted in their unbelief. They were simply blinded by the reality that conflicted with their personal beliefs, experiences and perceptions.
Others believed the parent’s testimony that the man was their son, but they did not believe the man had ever been blind. They thought the man and his parents had spent years playing a hoax on the community. To them, the transformation was in comprehensible. They just didn’t want to accept the miracle that had taken place. Therefore they sought to discredit the miracle by claiming the man’s blindness had been a charade a farce. These skeptics believed in miracles, they just didn’t believe the miracle God presented to them.
They attempted to disprove the miracle by repeatedly questioning the man about how he received his sight. They were trying to catch the man in a lie. So they asked him over and over to explain the circumstances of his healing. The repeated questioning frustrated the man causing him to respond: “I’ve already told you what happened…” (v.27). In spite of his frustration, the man continued to testify about what Jesus had done to him and for him.
Like the once blind man in the referenced Scripture, others redeemed by the Lord testify about what God has done for them. They can’t explain how the miracles in their lives happened. They just know what change(s) have taken place and who is responsible for those changes. They give credit to God. They do not speak about what they do or have done for God and others. Instead, they speak about what God has done in them, through them, for them and in their presence. They are recipients of and witnesses to God’s amazing grace. This is their testimony: Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise. For it was grace that bought my liberty…I do not know just why he came to love me so, but he looked beyond all of my faults and saw [and healed] my needs…”
Not all who experience and recognize God’s miracles testify to His goodness by reciting hymns. Some use the uncomplicated language of their unchurched peers. But they glorify God when they give credit to “The Man upstairs…” and their testimonies are as powerful as the eloquent words penned in Scripture and in sacred songs.
To God be glory for the great things He has done!