What Jesus Did! 'The Proof Is in the Person' — John 9:35-38

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jesus heard that the Jewish leaders had forced the man to leave. Jesus found the man and said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" The man asked, "Who is the Son of Man, sir? Tell me, so I can believe in him!" Jesus said to him, "You have already seen him. The Son of Man is the one talking with you now." The man answered, "Yes, I believe, Lord!" Then the man bowed and worshiped Jesus.
— John 9:35-38
Illustration of John 9:35-38 — "Yes, I believe, Lord!"

Key Thought

Jesus shows he is who he claims to be by his actions. When everyone else abandons and casts out the healed man, Jesus goes and finds him. The man shows he is a true God-seeker because when Jesus shares with him his identity, the man worships him. Let's show who we are by our actions and trust that Jesus will as well!

Today's Prayer

Dear God, thank you that Jesus does not abandon me when everyone else does. Thank you for your steadfast faithfulness toward me even when no one else believes in me. Help me form my character so that I can be steadfast and faithful as well. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus heard that the Jewish leaders had forced the man to leave. Jesus found the man and said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man ?" The man asked, "Who is the Son of Man, sir? Tell me, so I can believe in him!" Jesus said to him, "You have already seen him. The Son of Man is the one talking with you now." The man answered, "Yes, I believe, Lord!" Then the man bowed and worshiped Jesus. Jesus said, "I came into this world so that the world could be judged. I came so that blind people could see. And I came so that people who think they see will become blind." Some of the Pharisees were near Jesus. They heard Jesus say this. They asked, "What? Are you saying that we are blind too?" Jesus said, "If you were really blind (without understanding), you would not be guilty of sin. But you say that you see (know what you are doing). So you are guilty."

John 9:35-41

Related Scripture Readings

My brothers and sisters, if a person says that he has faith, but does nothing, then that faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save him? No! A brother or sister {in Christ} might need clothes or might need food to eat. And you say to that person, "God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat." You say these things, but you don't give that person those things he needs. If you don't help that person, your words are worth nothing. It is the same with faith. If faith does nothing, then that faith is dead, because it is alone. A person might say, "You have faith, but I do things. Show me your faith! Your faith does nothing. I will show you my faith by the things I do." You believe there is one God. Good! But the demons believe, too! And they shake with fear. You foolish person! Must you be shown that faith that does nothing is worth nothing?

James 2:14-20

This teaching is true: If we died with him (Jesus), then we will also live with him. If we accept suffering, then we will also rule with him. If we refuse to accept him, then he will refuse to accept us. If we are not faithful, he will still be faithful, because he cannot be false to himself.

2 Timothy 2:11-13

"My Father has given me all things. No person knows the Son—only the Father knows the Son. And no person knows the Father—only the Son knows the Father. And the only people that will know about the Father are those people the Son chooses to tell. "Come to me all you people that are tired and have heavy burdens. I will give you rest. Accept my work and learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will find rest for your souls. Yes, the work that I ask you to accept is easy. The burden I give you to carry is not heavy."

Matthew 11:27-30

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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