Here is a whole chapter in John (ix) of forty-one verses, just to tell how the Lord blessed that blind beggar. It was put in this book, I think, just to bring out the confession of that man. |The neighbors, therefore, and they which before had seen him which was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he; others said, He is like him; but he said, I am he.| If it had been our case I think we would have kept still; we would have said, |There is a storm brewing among the Pharisees, and they have said, 'If any man acknowledges Christ we will put him out of the Synagogue.' Now I don't want to be put out of the Synagogue.| I am afraid we would have said that; that is the way with a good many of the young converts. What did the young convert here? He said, |I am he.| And bear in mind he only told what he knew; he knew the Man had given him his eyes. |Some said, He is like him; but he said, I am he.| So, young converts, open your lips and tell what Christ has done for you. If you can't do more than that, open your lips and do that. |Therefore, said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash; and I went and washed, and I received sight.| He said, |He anointed my eyes with clay, and I went to the pool and washed, and whereas I had no eyes, I have now got two good eyes.| Some skeptic might ask, |What is the philosophy of it?| But he couldn't tell that. |Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes and I washed and do see.| He wasn't afraid to tell his experience twice; he had just told it once. |Therefore, said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? and there was a division among them.| Now I am afraid if it had been us, we would have kept still and said, |There is a storm brewing.| |They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of Him, that He hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.| Now you see he has got to talking of the Master, and that is a grand good thing.
The Young Convert.
A young convert got up in one of our meetings and tried to preach; he could not preach very well either, but he did the best he could -- but some one stood up and said, |Young man, you cannot preach; you ought to be ashamed of yourself.| Said the young man, |So I am, but I am not ashamed of my Lord.| That is right. Do not be ashamed of Christ -- of the man that bought us with His own blood.