Why we hurt, who we say Christ is, and how we react when others question our knowledge in Christ will be touched upon. We will see a blind man’s spiritual eyes opened to the truth of Christ. John chapter 9 is where we witness this transformation.
1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
3"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 4As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Right away we must remember that the whole of scripture teaches that all have sinned before God. You may ask why then Christ answers, “Neither” when the disciples ask whether the blind man or his parents sinned. The answer lies in Jewish tradition. Old Testament scriptures taught that the sins of the father indeed would be placed upon the son and so on. The disciples thought from a learned Jewish position that sin in life equaled punishment whether it be a physical ailment or otherwise. The most endearing part of this scripture on my heart is part of the Lord’s response. "But this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” Why are babies born premature, crippled, or mentally not up to par to the rest of the world? As a failed man, I do not know the answer that will satisfy the most determined skeptic. What I offer as an answer is Christ’s response to His disciples. "But this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” Do we really as a society believe that junior’s biological genes are left up to an evolutionary lottery? The Bible is exceedingly clear concerning the sanctity of life.
A. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (This future God speaks of by the way is not supposed to end in the womb in the name of choice).
B. Psalm 139:13-14 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Verse 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
C. In Luke and Matthew, Jesus explained that the very hairs on our heads are numbered.
A birth and or birth defects do not take our God by surprise. Whatever His reasons for allowing, we in faith, take His Word and are faithful to it.
Christ continues on saying “I am the light of the world." That statement is not terribly hard to comprehend, understand, and believe.
6Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. 7"Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
8His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?" 9Some claimed that he was. Others said, "No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, "I am the man."
10"How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded.
11 He replied, "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."
12"Where is this man?" they asked him. "I don't know," he said.
So the Lord Jesus healed the man and the day continues. Think about like this. If myspace and facebook were around then, everyone who saw this man would be texting, emailing, calling, and blogging about it first, then arguing about what was witnessed.
“Aren’t you the blind one?”
“Yes. Well, I was. Now I see.”
“No you can’t be! The blind don’t see!”
“How did this happen?”
“Did you hear me? I said Jesus.”
“Oh. Okay. Where’s he at now?
“I don’t know.”
Naturally the once blind man was brought before the “religious experts,” the all knowing Pharisees.
13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath.
Trouble is coming. Jesus and His disciples did many things on the Sabbath. Jesus healed many, I believe picked corn so to speak, and stated the most offensive statement of all to the Pharisees, “I am Lord of the Sabbath.”
15Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and I washed, and now I see."
16Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath." See, told you trouble was coming. But others asked, "How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?" So they were divided. So the name and the person of Jesus is causing division between the people.
17Finally they turned again to the blind man, "What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened." The man replied, "He is a prophet."
Islam and every other false religion claim Christ was everything from a teacher to a liar to a prophet. No other religion other than Christianity claims Christ as God. The very blind man Jesus healed at first did not call Him God, but a prophet.
18The Jews still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents. We gonna call Yo Momma!19"Is this your son?" they asked. "Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?"
20"We know he is our son," the parents answered, "and we know he was born blind. 21But 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." 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. 23That was why his parents said, "He is of age; ask him."
So the parents are brought forth so the mystery will be solved. But they aren’t going to speak because 1. Their son is of age and 2. As scriptures teach, they could not and did not want to be kicked out of the synagogue. A lot of people believe their community standing hinges on their church membership. Denominational disputes by the way have no place in the teaching of God’s holy Word, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Sadly, many people think their Go to church Sunday attitude does not last past 12: 00 AM Monday morning. These parents instead of rejoicing with their son’s sight and oh I don’t know, standing with their son chose to leave the burden on him.
24A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God," they said. "We know this man is a sinner." 25He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!"
Still the man sticks to his story, but he states that he knows not whether this Jesus was a sinner or not. The Pharisees were by today’s secular court laws badgering the witness.
26Then they asked him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" 27He answered, "I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?"
It reads as if the once blind man was doing a bit of trash talking. Whether or not his question, “Do you want to become his disciples, too?" was meant sincerely or sarcastically, the end result was the same.
28Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from."
At other times, Jesus speaking to the “religious experts” irked them greatly by making the following statement: “You know neither Me nor My Father; (X)if you knew Me, you would know My Father also." (JOHN 8:19) Other times Christ stated that they were not of God but of their father Satan. Moses, Moses, Moses! Moses was placed higher than the very One who gave him the power to begin his epic journey. Anyway, back to verse 30.
30The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. 32Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."
Did you catch that last part? 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." Previously the once blind man said Jesus was a prophet, he was not sure of the sinning status or nature of Christ, and now he says, “If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." It is a step closer to seeing the Truth.
34To this they replied, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out.
Self-righteous, overly pious, know-it-all blowhards that exhibit an extreme class of bloated self-worth cannot stand it if someone dares to tell them something, or anything that they think they already know. So they do the man a favor in my opinion and they throw him out. A little time later, the man meets Jesus once more.
35Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
36"Who is he, sir?" the man asked. "Tell me so that I may believe in him."
I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW AND BELIEVE. I SEE THE PAIN IN THEIR EYES, I HAVE SEEN THE TEARS WELLING UP AND BEGGING TO CASCADE DOWN THEIR CHEEKS. Our world is full of lost people that desperately need Jesus. This man asked, "Who is he, sir?" He wanted to know. Then the man’s penultimate statement, "Tell me so that I may believe in him."
37Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you."
It is that simple. The man asked and Christ the Lord answered. Every soul that belongs to Christ has had a simple revelation such as this. We fight the Gospel, the simple Truth that Christ is Lord based on our insecurities, denominational dogmas, laziness, Satan’s whisperings, and our own failed logic. The once blind man who previously said Christ was a prophet, maybe was or was not a sinner, at the moment of spiritual truth saw Christ the Savior for the first time. 38Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him.
No hesitation. There were not questions. Jesus revealed Himself to the man. The man believed and worshipped. I pray no matter where you all in life today, you stop and look to Jesus. Whether you are spiritually blind for the moment or are undergoing some tragedy called life, I pray that you know Christ is waiting to heal you. God bless.