In John chapter 9, the Bible records a story of Jesus healing a man born blind. It caused a lot of commotion with the Jews because Jesus had healed on a (yet another) Sabbath day. After the Jews queried the man, they still didn’t believe so they called in his parents and in verses 20-22, this is what the Bible says:
“His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.“
They were scared to acknowledge Jesus because they didn’t want to be put out of the synagogue. But he who had nothing to lose was the one who spoke up. Verses 30-34 records thus:
“The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.“
Like this man, we need to get to a point where we can take a stand for our faith irrespective of the repercussions. If Jesus has indeed done something for us (and He has), then we should be ready to announce it boldly.
Food for thought:
John 16:2 “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.”
Luke 9:24 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”