There's a very interesting story in John chapter 9 about a blind man that Jesus healed. Jesus healed him in a somewhat awkward manner: He spat on the ground, made clay of the spittle, and then applied the clay to his eyes. The blind man was then told to go to the pool of Siloam and wash the clay from his eyes. When he did so, he could see.
And for the blind man, now healed, his troubles had just begin...
Many in the town were amazed at what had happened. Some weren't even sure that it was the same man had once been blind, while others knew it to be him. Either way, the healing caused quite a stir.
When asked who had healed him, the man did not have a name to give them. All he could say was that clay had been applied to his eyes, he went and washed it off as told, and bingo - he was a seeing man.
The man was brought before the Pharisees - the religious establishment - and they questioned him about his healing. They were disturbed that the miracle had taken place on the Sabbath. As the man testified before the Pharisees, their anger exploded. They wanted to know what the healed man thought about the One who had healed him, but the man had no satisfying answer for them.
Enraged, the Pharisees summoned the man's parents to the church house and asked them about their son and the healing. The parents had no satisfying answer to offer, either. They could only say that the man was their son, and that he had indeed been blind, but as to how he had been healed, they had no idea.
We are told his parents acted in this manner because they "were afraid of the Jews." They knew that this Jesus figure was causing a lot of trouble in the area, and they were not willing to be associated with Him.
The healed man is summoned once again to testify before the Pharisees, but he still has no answer that calms them. He can only say one thing: "...I was blind, but now I see."
The man seems to irritate the Pharisees with his answers, even somewhat mocking them. The Pharisees respond by doing something they often did: they kicked him out of the synagogue. John 9:34 puts it bluntly: "...they put him out."
Now think about this. Before the healing the man had a rather ordered life. No doubt the blindness was a burden, but he enjoyed the necessities of life. He had parents who supported him, a church that allowed him in, and all he had to do everyday was sit and beg. But now that he is healed, a ton of trouble falls his way: he can no longer legitimately beg, his parents failed to support him, and his church has excommunicated him. His healing opened the door for all these troubles.
It is as he is sitting around contemplating all this that Jesus confronts him a second time. What I find very interesting is what Jesus does NOT say to him, knowing the pit he has been thrown into. Knowing that he now has no means by which to support himself, knowing that his church and parents have rejected him, Jesus does NOT address these issues...
Instead, Jesus confronts the man and asks him a simple question:
"Do you believe in the Son of Man?"