The man did not realize it then, but the safest place for him was outside the Jewish religious fold. The Jews cast him out, but Christ took him in! Like Paul (see Phil. 3:1–10), this man “lost his religion” but found salvation and went to heaven. Note carefully how this man grew in his knowledge of Christ: (1) “A man called Jesus” (v. 11) was all he knew when Christ healed him. (2) “A prophet” (v. 17) is what the man called Him when the Pharisees questioned him. (3) “A man of God” (vv. 31–33) is what he concluded Jesus to be. (4) “The Son of God” (vv. 35–38) was his final and complete confession of faith. (See 20:30–31.)
Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print.