Last week, my kids had their annual ‘Car Rally’ at our church’s kid’s program “Pathfinders”. Once a year, they climb in cardboard cars and watch some sort of movie or movies. In the past, we have watched the Torchlighter’s series, which concentrate on different men and women of faith through history who have courageously stood up for the truth of God in the face of opposition. I can’t necessarily vouch for all of them, but they are overall pretty good. This year, we watched the Torchlighter’s work on the Gospel of John. It is always impactful and interesting to see the words of scripture brought to life on the screen, and this was no exception.
One scene that I particularly enjoyed was based on John 9 and the story of Jesus healing the man born blind. To quickly sum up the story (though you should probably just read it), Jesus uses the circumstance of being put on the spot to heal a man who had been born blind. The man followed Christ’s directions and was healed and his sight was restored. The Pharisees, outraged that Christ would do ‘work’ on the Sabbath, called the man before them to investigate this outrageous rebellion of their law.
The Pharisees don’t believe him and call his parents in to confirm that he had actually been legitimately blind. They are able to confirm this, but want no part in saying how he was healed, saying that their son is old enough to speak for himself. So, for a second time, they decide to ask the man, and he hilariously responds, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” Can you imagine the looks on their faces?!
They respond by saying they serve Moses and don’t know where this Jesus comes from. The man thinks that is pretty funny, saying they probably should know who He is since He can restore sight. He then stops short of calling Jesus God, but saying “If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” They can’t respond to this, so they shame the man as a sinner and cast him out, scolding him for trying to teach them.
What I loved about the scene was the all out exuberance of the man healed. He was marvelling at things he was seeing for the first time, so thrilled he didn’t have the slightest concern for what those around could do to him. He had new sight, believed that Jesus was God, and worshipped him (9:38). The man is shown being dragged away excitedly proclaiming that Jesus had healed him.
I love seeing things like this because it reminds me of the enthusiasm we should each have, now seeing the amazing grace God has shown to us. We too were born blind, having no appreciation for the truths of God, but in his grace, while we were dead in our sins, He made us alive together with Christ. He gave us new sight, new life. We should be the ones bouncing down the road ready to tell whoever is around us of the One who has given us new life and new sight.