What Right did Peter Have to Make This Claim?
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Once Blind, but Now I See – In the Old Testament, the Jewish people were given many indications on how to clearly recognize the Messiah when He came. They were told, that prisoners would be set free, the lame would walk, the deaf would hear and the blind would see. Careful study of the Old Testament will show no indication that a person born blind had ever been given sight. So when John records in chapter 9 of his Gospel a blind beggar at the temple being given his sight by Jesus, this caused quite a “seen.” Jesus was not “acting” like the Messiah, at least not what the Jewish religious leaders had come to expect – someone who would conform and agree to their religious system.
There was no denying that a formerly blind person could now see. His neighbors in verse 8 knew it. His parents knew it, but were afraid to acknowledge it (verses 18-23). When the formerly blind man was asked about what had happened, he responded in verse 25b, “One thing I do know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” As the religious leaders continued to deny the obvious sign, the seeing man made some interesting observations recorded in verses 30-33. Here is a quick summary:
- Here is an amazing thing (v30)
- Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind (v32)
- If this man were not from God, He could do nothing (v33)
Peter understood the significance of this act. Do you “see” the truth of Jesus?