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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Man Born Blind Receives Sight – Part 2


          Last week, we saw that Jesus supernaturally gave the blind man sight – both natural and spiritual sight. He instructed this blind man to go to the pool of Siloam which means “sent,” and cleanse. When the blind man obeyed Jesus’ Word, he received his sight. (see John 9:7)  After being given his sight through his obedience to Jesus, this man acted and walked differently.

Blind Faith
            The healed man had not seen Jesus at this point. He merely heard His voice (Word) and obeyed it in blind faith. When the Pharisees questioned the healed man, he fearlessly and boldly identified himself. “I am the man.” John 9:9 This man’s healing not only changed his sight, it changed him as a man. He now boldly and fearlessly witnesses of Jesus and His mighty work. “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.”( John 9:10-11)  He obeyed Jesus’ Word and now he sees. In today’s world, the spiritually blind also have to go to the living water of the Holy Spirit and Word to remove spiritual blindness. It is the Word and the Holy Spirit that opens our eyes to the Truth.

Healed but Not Yet Saved
            Those questioning the healed man ask, “Where is this Man?” (Jesus) The healed man said, “I don’t know.” This man knew Jesus by name and had heard His voice, but the man didn’t know where to find Him. Jesus will find him! Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost and don’t know where to find Him.

Doing Works on the Sabbath
            They take this man to the Pharisees who are the religious rulers and keepers of the Law who investigate and judge religious matters. It was on the Sabbath that Jesus healed this blind man thus violating the Law in the minds of the Pharisees. (see Exodus 20:10) The Pharisees will use the breaking of the Law to prove that Jesus is a sinner and not from God. However, there were others who believed that Jesus was sent by God. “How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?” So they were divided. V16 Because of their division, the audience turned to the man again and said, “What have you to say about Him (Jesus)? It was your eyes He opened.” The man replied, “He is a prophet.” v17 The healed blind man still doesn’t know Jesus totally. Jesus will soon give the healed man further knowledge about Him. Jesus is not just any prophet; He is the Supreme Prophet of God – the very Word of God brought to life in the flesh.
            Instead of praising God for His mercy in healing this man born blind, the Pharisees want to find Jesus guilty of being a sinner and not from God. Works of grace and mercy can never be forbidden by One who is called Grace and whose nature is loveThere was one Pharisee, Nicodemus, who said just the opposite about Jesus -- "No one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with Him." John 3:2  As God rested on the 7th day of creation, Jesus rested after His finished work of salvation on the cross. Jesus is the Sabbath. All who know and believe in Jesus rest upon His finished work on the cross. We can’t rest upon anything else. Jesus did it all. Jesus himself said that He is Lord of the Sabbath. (Mark 2:28; Luke 6:5)  The Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit will do acts of mercy any day of the week including the Sabbath until the final Sabbath when believers in Christ will be in eternal rest in God’s heavenly abode. God is the God of mercy and grace.
            The Pharisees thought that this healed man was a phony, so they called his parents to ask if this man was indeed their son and had he been born blind. His parents assure them that the healed blind man is their son and yes, he was born blind. However, these parents were fearful because the Pharisees had threatened that anyone who confessed that Jesus was the Christ would be cast out of the temple. It would be awful to be excommunicated, but even worse to not know the Savior of the world – the true Sabbath rest. Out of their fear they respond. “We know he is our son, and we know that he was born blind. But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” John 9:20-23 In other words, he is an adult and can speak for himself. So ask him! As an adult, he is not the responsibility of his parents. This got the parents off the hook.

Healed Man Interrogated Again
          Again the Pharisees summoned the healed blind man. “Give glory to God,” they said. “We know this Man is a sinner.” John 9:24  Instead of obeying the Pharisees, the healed man speaks what he doesn’t know and what he knows. In other words, he speaks the truth. As a man, he had no idea whether Jesus is a sinner. But what he does know is “though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25  He knew this truth and reality!
            Again, these Jewish religious leaders who are against Jesus ask the healed man what Jesus did to open his eyes. He says that he already told them and they didn’t listen. They didn’t want to hear the truth! He throws them off balance with his next statement. “Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become His disciples too? John 9:27 The healed man took a risk with this statement. Angered, the Pharisees hurled insults at him. ”You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where He comes from.” John 9:28-29  Jesus had told them that He was from God, but they didn’t believe Him. They were still looking with fleshly eyes. They knew Jesus as a human from Nazareth born of a woman. How could He possibly be from God?
            The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where He came from, yet He opened my eyes! We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to a Godly man who does His will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” John 9:30-33 This healed blind man thought it was incredible that they did not believe that Jesus was from God since He gave this man his sight. Many scriptures in the Older Testament speak of God not hearing sinners. (see Psalm 66:18; Psalm 34:15; Proverbs 15:29; Isaiah 1:15; Ezekiel 8:18) The healed of the Lord is saying that Jesus was doing God’s will. Believers are to also live in obedience to God’s will. This is the greatest worship we can give God because it honors and glorifies Him. Jesus brought honor to God because He obeyed Him. This man felt that if God heard Jesus and healed this man then Jesus must be from God. The Pharisees were so angered that they threw this man out of the synagogue. “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us! These Pharisees show their true colors! They are upset that this commoner and outcast was teaching them! Their words open up the hatred and arrogance in their hearts. How dare this sinner and beggar lecture them! They wanted this man to call Jesus a sinner without proof.

Jesus Found the Healed Man
          Jesus heard that the man He healed had been thrown out of the temple, so the Lord of the Temple sought and found him. He came to save those who are lost!  Jesus draws the outcast to Him.  Now Jesus will teach on true vision and true blindness. He has healed this man’s natural blindness. Now Jesus will teach him about spiritual blindness. Jesus begins by asking this healed blind man, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”  The man answers, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe?” Jesus has touched the man. He isn’t sure who Jesus is but he is willing to believe if Jesus shows him the Son of God.

Jesus Opens the Man’s Spiritual Sight
            And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” V37 Before this man was healed, he heard Jesus. Now he sees Him. The Light of the world gave this man fuller light! When Jesus revealed Himself as the Son of God, the man said, “Lord I believe,” and he worshiped Him.” V38 He heard, he saw, he believed and he worshiped Him. “The ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both.” Proverbs 20:12 The Pharisees wouldn't let this healed man worship in the temple anymore, but Jesus received his worship! We are all spiritually blind from birth. Jesus wants to recreate us through the washing of the blood, the Word and the Holy Spirit. These will wash our "dirt" away so we see and walk in the Holy Spirit of God. 
            Jesus’ next words were for the unbelieving Pharisees. Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind. V39 The healed blind man knew he was blind, but the Pharisees were self-deceived. They closed their eyes to Jesus. Jesus came to earth to save people. Unfortunately, however, those who don’t believe in Him bring judgment upon themselves because they remained spiritually blind. The Pharisees thought that they were the ones who knew the truth. Jesus revealed the truth to the humble, begging blind man and gave him physical and spiritual sight, but the Pharisees remained self-righteous and spiritually blind even though they thought they understood the Truth. When some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard His words, their conscience was pricked and they asked Him, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, “We see. Therefore your sin remains.” V41 Jesus is the Only One who can reveal Truth because He is sinless. Sin has not blinded Him. He has perfect spiritual vision because He is Truth personified. Jesus with the Holy Spirit opens His Word so we can spiritually hear and see. We must let Jesus and the Holy Spirit open our spiritual eyes and spiritual ears so that He can be truly known to us in all of His fullness. Then Jesus will use us to open the eyes of those who are still spiritually blind “that they may know Jesus and the power of His resurrection”

                                            (Next week: The Shepherd and His Flock)

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