Putting God's Word into Practice…

John 9…Was Blind But Now I See

on May 28, 2012

9:1-3 As He passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.  And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed IN him.”

The disciples addressed Jesus as “Rabbi” or teacher.  They wanted to learn something from him about sin and adverse circumstances.  Later we see that the blind man addressed Him as “Lord.” Jesus has an identity that is sufficient for any situation we face.

Jesus did not say that the man and his parents didn’t sin.  We all sin!  However, not all unfortunate conditions are discipline for sin, but all can be used to display God’s power.

Later in the passage we find out all this is happening on a Sabbath day–another Sabbath Day where Jesus is breaking the rules.  He is walking with His disciples, He is working and He’s asking others to work.  He worked by making mud out of saliva and made the blind man work by sending him to the pool to wash.  Jesus could have just spoken the healing and it would have happened instantaneously.  I think He chose to do it differently to make the point clear again that He is God, He has authority over creation, over circumstances, over sin and over the Sabbath.

9:8-9.  The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.”  He kept saying, “I am the man.”  Jesus restored the man’s sight; He didn’t change his appearance.  So why all the confusion?  When we encounter the transforming power of God, it makes a noticeable change in us that is evident to those around us.  It should cause them to question us and and want to know who and how the change came about.  That happens at conversion, and anytime that Jesus restores our joy or changes our sight!

9:34. They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?”  And they cast him out.  We are all born in “utter sin.”  Recognizing that truth and letting God change us gives us a message of hope and grace and power to share with others.  Those who don’t recognize their sinfulness don’t need God and have no real message to teach.

9:35-38.  Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have SEEN him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.  Jesus gave the man his physical sight, then He gave him spiritual sight.

Jesus loves to take someone who has a sinful reputation and transform them into a bold worshiper.  I know because He did it for me.  Only Jesus has the power to overcome sin–our sin and the sinful families we are born into.


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