Today's verses are John 9:35-38: "Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, 'Do you believe in the Son of Man?' He answered, 'And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?' Jesus said to him, 'You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.' He said, "Lord, I believe,' and he worshiped him." My child, after I heard that the man born blind had been cast out of the synagogue by the Jewish officials, I sought him out to find him. I always do so with hurting people.
People love me only because I first loved them. This is true love, not that people loved me but that I first loved them and gave my life as an atoning sacrifice sacrifice for their sins. Long before anyone ever chose to follow me, I had chosen them. I chose them before the world was ever created and formed. I sought out and found the blind man, knowing his pain of rejection from the Jewish officials. He needed my grace and compassion.
Then I began a dialogue with him that would lead him to a true revelation of who I am. I asked him if he believed if I was the Son of Man. He knew this term was a reference to the Messiah, the long-awaited Savior of the Jews. He answered who and where this person was, so that he could believe in him. I told him that the Son of Man was I, the one speaking to him.
Humbly, he said, "Lord, I believe." Notice he called me "Lord," a term of great respect. With this term, also, he was recognizing who I am. Then he worshiped me. Note that I received his worship. As Son of Man, Son of God, Messiah and Lord over all the universe, I rightly received his worship. No human being is worthy of receiving worship. Only God is. But I and my Father in heaven are one. I am the way, the truth and the life. I was claiming deity by receiving his worship.
My child, do you believe that I am God? Note how the blind man moved from saying I was just a man (vs. 11) , to believing I was a prophet (vs. 17), to believing I am the Son of Man and worshiping me (vs. 38). Progressively, revelation occurred to him. He knew that either I am a crazed lunatic, lying with my every word coming from my lips, or I am my Father in heaven's only Son, who died for the sins of the world and am worthy of all humanity's worship as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Are there any other options? Doesn't intellectual honesty demand you, and all people everywhere, to make this same decision and worship me?
My child, I am who I said I am. I am worthy of your worship. I created you and the world in which you live. Through me, all things in this universe came into being. All in the universe is under my sovereign control and power, including your life. I know all. I see all. I love you.
You can trust me today.