Aldous Huxley, a famous British writer and novelist from the last century said it well, “Facts do not cease to exist just because you ignore them.” The Jews tried to ignore the fact of Jesus healing the blind man on the Sabbath, but they were really fighting the facts about Jesus Christ. They were face to face with Confirmation Bias!
We continue our study in John 9 and beginning in verse 16 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe him that had received his sight, so they called his parents. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? How then does he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that Jesus was the Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. Then again they called the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
The crowd was perplexed because this blind man, who sat daily begging in their community suddenly, received his sight after Jesus anointed him with clay and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. Then they didn’t know if it was him or someone else. So they took the formerly blind man to the Pharisees. The Pharisees appeared holy and righteous on the outside, but on the inside they were corrupt, hypocritical, void of understanding and scared of the truth. So they weren’t going to be confused with the facts, and the blind man wasn’t going to get a fair shake, and Jesus, well the Jews eventually nailed Him to the cross.
So the formerly blind man stood in front of the Pharisees and they asked him what he thought about Jesus and the blind man who could now see- thanks to Jesus- declared Jesus to be a prophet. In the short time that the man spent with Jesus, he learned more about Jesus than most of the Pharisees would ever know. Up to this point, in his short time with Jesus, at least the man knew Jesus to be a prophet. But that was over the top for the Pharisees, there was no way this blind beggar could even know who was and who wasn’t a prophet. Who knows if the man could read or if he had any education, but now the Pharisees, well they had it all together. They were the holy and righteous crowd so this nobody, this beggar, this outcast who thought Jesus to be a prophet was getting on their nerves! So they did away with the blind man and called for his parents.
You gotta feel for the parents, they were put in a rough spot, but still, maybe they needed to grow a spine. If they confessed Jesus to be the Christ, well they could have been kicked out of the Temple. Scholars seem to think it would have been a temporary boot, maybe for two or three months. Still no one wanted to be kicked out of the most important aspect of the community. So when questioned, they deferred back to their son. They wanted no part of the debate, but the Pharisees had the game rigged before the parents even arrived. Anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Christ would suffer punishment, excommunication. The Pharisees didn’t want to know the truth, they just wanted to hear what they wanted to hear. The facts were too confusing and against all they thought to be right, and yet, the Pharisees were wrong.
Don’t let Confirmation Bias rob you of eternal life! Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man. He walked a sinless life upon this earth for 33 years. Then Jesus went willing to the cross to suffer for your sin and mine. He was God’s perfect sacrifice for the sin of the world. He died, He was buried and he rose again the third day that we might have eternal life. Those are the facts you can’t ignore. Those are the facts you must know and believe before you close your eyes one final time.