The Fundamental Question of Life

“When Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, He found him and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

“Who is He, Sir, that I may believe in Him?” he asked.

Jesus answered, “You have seen Him; in fact, He is the One speaking with you.”
“I believe, Lord!” he said, and he worshiped Him.” (John 9:35–38 HCSB)

We have here straight from Jesus’ mouth, the fundamental question of life.  The question is not, “who will I marry?” or “what must I do with my life?” or “what is my great purpose in life?”  No.  The fundamental question of life is this: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  Jesus seeks out the ex-blind, ex-beggar to ask him that very question just because it was the most important question that he could ask the man.

In the book of John the term “believe in” is used again and again by John to refer to those who have come to believe in/put their faith in/trust in Jesus as I have pointed out before.
What is interesting about this particular incident is that it is Jesus who asks whether or not the ex-blind, ex-beggar believes in “the Son of Man.”  John understands the importance of men “believing in” Christ, just because he personally saw that it was important in Jesus’ estimation.  Nothing was more important than the question Jesus asks here.  Nothing.

“Who is He, Sir, that I may believe in him?” the man responds.

Jesus answers: I am the Son of Man [my paraphrase].

Then notice the response of the ex-blind, ex-beggar.  He doesn’t say: “Wow, that is a most interesting fact!”  or “boy, you sure caught me by surprise on that one” or “say what?”

He does something.  He worships.  He understands in that instant that the guy who made him see, who rubbed mud into his eyes and told him “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.”  That guy is the Son of Man.  That guy deserves to be worshiped just because he is the Son of Man.

Then notice this.  Jesus doesn’t tear his clothes and tell the man not to worship him, he doesn’t try to raise him up off of his knees [that is the meaning of the word “worship”], Jesus accepts his worship as if it is the most natural thing in the world for men to worship him.

Whatever else you may think about Jesus, he was not a normal person.  Normal people don’t accept worship.  He might have been crazy.  He might have been a liar.  He might have been who he said he was.  Those are the choices.

So the fundamental question of life, dear reader—and yes, that means you—is “do you believe in the Son of Man?” If you do, your reaction will be much the same as the ex-blind, ex-beggar.

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