IF THEY DON’T WANT YOU, JESUS WANTS YOU

IF THEY DON’T WANT YOU, JESUS WANTS YOU

The world is a strange place. If you do wrong, the world will condemn you. But if you do right, they say you were driven by ulterior motives. If you are cursed, the world mocks you. But if you are blessed, they say it came from ill-gotten gains. There is just no pleasing anyone, is there? No wonder they have a saying, ‘Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t’.

But beloved, in the midst of such confusion and irrationality, we have a sure foundation in Jesus. Though the world turns its back on you, Jesus will always seek you out. Let us take comfort from His actions in our adversity.

“Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”” John 9:1-2

Even though Jesus said that we who believe are not of the world, just as He is not of the world (John 17:16), we remember that before we were called by Him to be with Him, we were in the world, and the world’s influences did consume us. And it is very clear from the verses above that even though we who believe are now a new creation in Christ, old things have passed away, and all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17), we still get affected by the once familiar ways of the world, just as the disciples were.

Yet beloved, when this happens, we can take heart that Jesus reminds that;

“Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” John 9:3

Indeed, this man’s healing was just the beginning of his life’s transformation, for we shall soon see that not only did this man receive the sight in his eyes; his heart was also opened to the true person of Jesus, which led him to his salvation.

So similarly, when inexplicable persecution happens in our lives, it happens so that our Father’s glory can be revealed in our lives; and we can rest knowing that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 3:16), just as He did for this man.

“They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”” John 9:13-15

Now, we would expect that the response from the Pharisees would be related to the miracle; to how the miracle was performed, to the authenticity of the man’s supposed former state of blindness, right? Well, it was not.

“Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.”” John 9:16

Their priorities, the things that mattered to them, their sight, was not set on things above, but on earthly things; things of this world that are temporal, not eternal; on their rules, their laws and things which affirm their standing and position in society. So similarly, because the world has its priorities in the wrong things, they cannot see the blessings of our Father, they cannot see what is truly important; and that is why, persecution comes our way. For remember that Jesus tells us,

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6: 19-21

But what is even more disappointing is that herd mentality in this world is so strong, we sometimes cannot even rely on those closest and dearest to us when things get rough.

“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 sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”” John 9:20-23

Even the man’s parents, despite seeing for themselves the miracle, had no courage to stand up against the voices of the world. And do we not find ourselves in similar situations sometimes? Those around us can see, and will even acknowledge that things are wrong, but will never stand up with us to right that wrong?

But we can take heart that as long as we stay true to the convictions that Christ has placed in our hearts, just as the man did,

“Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”
The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”” John 9:28-33

Even though the world rejects us because of that, just like they did the man,

“They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.” John 9:34

Jesus will always come to us, and draw us unto Himself, just as He did for him.

“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”
He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”
And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”
Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.” John 9:35-38

Beloved, Jesus did not go to the man to thank and comfort him for standing up for Him; Jesus went to the man and in 4 simple sentences, gave him eternal life and bestowed upon him the right to be a son of God. For Jesus Himself said,

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29

And once we believe in Him, we get eternal life, for Jesus said,

“For God so loved the world that He gave only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

And infinitely more beautiful than that even, is this,

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

But beloved, are you thinking, ‘there are so many people in the world, who have problems much bigger than mine. Surely Jesus does not have time for me.’? Well, let us see when Jesus went to this blind man.

Notice how John 9 begins with “Now as Jesus passed by…”? What was Jesus doing before He was passing by? This was what was happening.

“Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.” John 8:57-59

They were trying to stone Jesus, and Jesus was leaving that mob. Now, if you were leaving a mob trying to stone you, would you notice a blind man? Much less stop, converse with and then heal him? But that is the beauty of Jesus. He is never too busy for you. And you do not even have to be able to cry out to Him because the blind man never called out to Jesus; yet, Jesus stopped, because He said,

“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day;” John 9:4

So just as our Father designed the circumstances around the man’s healing, so too has our Father designed the circumstances around your deliverance. And just as Jesus stopped to heal the man and came back again to restore him and call him to Himself; so too will Jesus come to you in your hour of need and deliver you from the trials that you are facing.

Beloved,

“Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” Matthew 13:11

Expect opposition and persecution. But through it all, know that Jesus is always with you. And when the world makes you feel like you are no longer wanted, always remember that you are not only always wanted, but loved, and treasured by our Father. And that is what really matters.

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