24 They called the man back a second time—the man who had been blind—and told him, “Give credit to God. We know this man is an impostor.” 25 He replied, “I know nothing about that one way or the other. But I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see.” 26 They said, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
This story about the blind man got me thinking about faith vs. understanding. Specifically, I was thinking how faith can actually be alive in us before we fully understand! Because the blind man didn't even really understand Jesus or know yet that He was "the Son of Man" when he was being "bold" and "sharing his faith” (when he told others what Jesus had done for him). It didn't come from a religious place or a place where he put pressure on himself to sound smart or have answers at all. He just shared with the Pharisees all that he knew at the time, which wasn't much.
Wow that’s so good. I love that idea that he believed before he fully understood. It reminds me of Hebrews 11:3, which says "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."
And I love your point about him being bold in the faith he had, yet not having much understanding. That seems to be a common theme in scripture. An encounter with Jesus generally leads to us being bold. Sometimes we don’t need to understand what happened to us, when Jesus touched us, but we can always share that He touched us!