Butch, Sundance and Jesus

One of my favorite Western movie scenes is from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In the scene “The Kid”(Robert Redford) is accused of cheating. The man who accuses him stands up, puts his hand on his gun and is ready for a fight. Butch (Paul Newman) says, “Sundance, let’s just get out of here.” The man’s response, “Wait, you’re the Sundance Kid, I didn’t know that….if I draw on you…you’ll kill me.” Sundance: “There is that possibility.”

There is a sort of Sundance kid feel after Jesus heals a blind man in John 9. The blind man is confident in who he is and in what Jesus has done for him. Of course, the Pharisees question the validity of the man’s new found sight, so he states very clearly to them what happened. “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” (Jn 9:11) The Pharisees weren’t having it! They didn’t believe the man so they called his parents. After the parents caved to authority they went back to the man to try and get him to admit that Jesus was not from God. I love this next part! “I have told you already what happened and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?” (v.27) This infuriated the lawmakers and they threw the man out.

Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and went and found him. He asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? The man said, “Point him out to me, sir, so that I can believe in him. Jesus said, “You’re looking right at him. Don’t you recognize my voice?” “Master, I believe,” the man said, and worshiped him.

It wasn’t just sight that was restored that day. This man came face to face with the God of all things and his life was radically changed for the better.  Once he realized it was the Son of Man standing in front of him, he worshiped and believed.

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