BIBLE: John Chapter 9 – Headline “A Blinding Light”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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What should I learn from this chapter?

  • The difference between Sinners and Saints
  • The blind who see aren’t the seeing blind
  • The identity of Jesus

John 9

A Man Born Blind Receives Sight

John 9:1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.
John 9:And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
John 9:Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
John 9:I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
  • Without light the people stumble, sleep, are dazed. The tribulation is a nightmare from which the unrighteous cannot awake. They are the walking dead. The wick of witnesses has been extinguished. Only the shades remain, not even able to throw a shadow.
John 9:As long as I am in the world, I AM the light of the world.”

What is it about Light that can be compared to Jesus?

See Topic: Jesus as Light

John 9:When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.
  • A visual representation of Jesus as God creating man in Genesis.
John 9:And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, “Sent”). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
John 9:Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”
  • Those who are without Light are beggars for Truth.
John 9:Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.”
He said, “I am he.
  • He did not deny but openly confessed.
    • 1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
    • Isaiah 59:9 Therefore justice is far from us, Nor does righteousness overtake us; We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness!
John 9:10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”
John 9:11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
  • Newly seeing, he called Jesus “A man”.
John 9:12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?”
He said, “I do not know.”

The Pharisees Excommunicate the Healed Man

John 9:13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees.
  • The blind man is going to be cross-examined just as Jesus will be. He will be excommunicated and Jesus will be crucified.
  • The sin of “Pride” is to use your power to destroy those who are weaker than you and to believe you are justified in doing so.
John 9:14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.

On the Sabbath Jesus:

“Works” that Jesus did on the Sabbath:Verses
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.
Matthew 12:1, Mark 2:23, Luke 6:1,
A second Sabbath: Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.Matthew 12:13, Mark 3:2, Luke 6:6
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.Mark 1:25-26, Luke 4:33
Peter’s mother healed – So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.Mark 1:31, Luke 4:30
And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.Mark 1:39
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
Mark 1:40-42
Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”Luke 4:20-21
Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.Luke 13:’10-13
A Man with Dropsy Healed on the Sabbath
Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely.
Luke 14:1
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
John 5:8-10
Jesus opened the eyes of a blind manJohn 9:14
John 9:15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
John 9:16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not (observe) keep the Sabbath.”
Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.
John 9:17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?”
He said, “He is a prophet.
  • Now the blind man calls Jesus a prophet. He sees better.

When his eyes were opened what did he see?

He saw the lack of compassion in the Pharisees even though he was healed.
He saw their arrogance, intimidation, and brashness.
He saw their hypocrisy.
He saw more than what they thought.

John 9:18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight.
  • The Jews did not believe; therefore they were blind.
John 9:19 And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”
John 9:20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;
John 9:21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.”
John 9:22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.
  • Because of the Pharisees they did not openly confess their beliefs.
  • Because of the Pharisees Nicodemus initially did not openly confess his beliefs.
John 9:23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
John 9:24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”
John 9:25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

When people cut out the politics, it is easy to see the basic logic.

John 9:26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”
John 9:27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”

An interesting phenomena has occurred. The beggar who was blind is not concerned about being put out of the assembly because he had always been an outcast. They can’t intimidate him.

When we are free of this world, we are free indeed.

John 9:28 Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples.
John 9:29 We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”

In the following verses he gives the Pharisees, the scholars of the Jews, a blinding and condemning sermon resplendent with sarcasm. They have nothing to hold over his head. Everything he wanted he had already received from the man called Jesus.

John 9:30 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
  • Now the blind man is calling Jesus “from God”.
John 9:34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out. (Excommunicated him)
  • They believed that because he was blind, he was born in sins.
  • They had an AIR-OF-RANTS.
  • They were ARROGANT!

True Vision and True Blindness

John 9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”
John 9:36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”
John 9:37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”
John 9:38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped (bowed low) Him.
  • The blind man knows who Jesus is! The Son of God!
John 9:39 And 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.”

If you refuse to see then the only other option is to be blind in your ignorance.

John 9:40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?”

More than blind….condemned.

John 9:41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.

The blind can see better than the seeing who are blind.

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