JESUS IS A COMPLETE SENTENCE

a man born blind is healed by jesus and throughout the saga, people are "dipping and dapping and don't know what's happening." everybody wants to know what happened and who is at fault. they all ask loaded, leading questions ,of the wrong people, that inevitably result in unsatisfying responses. 

the neighbors question his identity. Sure something about his story is fishy. his parents don't want trouble with the synagogue leaders, so they sell him out. and the pharisees are sure its better to leave the man blind than to heal on the sabbath. they are all dipping and dapping and don't know what's happening. 

Jesus is a complete sentence. Learn how to say it without qualification.
— Amos Disasa
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JOHN 9:1-16

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes,  saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.  The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”  Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.”  But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know." They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided.

when we start saying it was jesus that did this to me, the world will start to look upside down. it will be unrecognizable, and your neighbors will question your very identity, like they did to the man born blind. and when you say it was jesus, they will contact your parents. and when you say it was jesus, they will tell the authorities. and when you tell the AUTHORITIES it was jesus, they will ask where he is. and when you say right here, cause the kingdom of god is within me, they will call you crazy.

QUESTIONS FOR GROUP OR HOUSEHOLD REFLECTION

  1. Jesus heals the man born blind. Why does no one celebrate with this man who can now see?
  2. Jesus is a complete sentence. Why do we qualify him? Why do we put words around his name when we pray or identify him to others?
  3. Have you been called crazy for naming Jesus as the source of your sight? 
  4. The invitation is to name Jesus without qualification. Are you up for the challenge?