I was reading in John 9 this morning about Jesus healing a man born blind. The Pharisees doubt and closely scrutinize the claim of healing: Is it the same man? Was he really blind from his birth? How is it that he sees now? If it was Jesus, how did He do it?
The blind man states simply: it was Jesus who healed me. The Pharisees vehemently disagree with this man's assessment and retort that this is impossible, as "We know that man is a sinner" (v. 24). The blind man sidesteps their presumption and replies: "Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see" (v. 25).
The statement "One thing I do know" grabbed me. I have had much on my mind lately, relating both to impending decisions in my personal life and discussions of a theological or philosophical nature: intelligent design and evolution, theories of time, historical revisionism, and what it really means to worship in spirit and in truth (just to name a few). It is more frequently the case than not that during or after these discussions, my neural pathways are overloaded and my head starts to hurt. Ow.
I think those discussions are good and important; I know that they have their places. But I also think it's good to return to and be astonished by the simple truth of: One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see. However others may doubt, whatever lofty intellectual issues remain unresolved, whatever theological issues are not clear or within our grasp, this is something I can return to and know for sure.
I was blind. Now I see. What a miraculous and incredible mercy!