Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jesus Proves He is Savior By Healing The Blind, And Revealing The "Sin" Of Those Who Claim To See

Text: John 9:1-41

Theme: "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." (20:30-31).

2. Public Persuasion
     C. Of Jews (7-11)

In John 9, Jesus gives yet another sign to persuade people that He is the Son of God, and Savior of the world. As the "light of the world" (v5), Jesus gives sight to the blind (v1-12; 35-37), and reveals the blindness of those who say they see (v13-34; 39-41). 

First, Jesus gives sight to the blind (v1-12). On the Sabbath, Jesus spat on the ground, made clay, put it on a blind man's eyes, and sent him to wash in the pool of Siloam (v 1-7). The man, who was blind so the works of God might be revealed in him (v3) obeyed and came back seeing (v7). In the events which followed, the blind man came to know Jesus as "Jesus" (v 11), "prophet" (v17), "Man of God" (v 33), and "Lord" (v 38). Jesus gives sight to the blind.

Next, Jesus reveals the blindness of those who say they see (v13-34). Neighbors, and those who knew him as a beggar, brought the man to the Pharisees. The Pharisees interrogated him about how he was healed (v13-17). When they found that the person who healed him made clay on the Sabbath, some thought he was from God (v16), but others concluded that he was a sinner, for breaking the Sabbath (v16a; 24). The blind man defended Jesus, by showing that no one could heal the blind unless he were from God. At this, the Pharisees put him out, saying, "You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?" (v34). It seems as if they saw others as sinners, but not themselves, and they did not see Jesus as their Savior.

Jesus heard they put the man out, found him, and asked him if he believed in Him as Savior (v35ff). The man asked who He was, and Jesus said, "You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you."(v37). At this, the man said, "Lord, I believe", and "worshipped Him." (v38). Jesus summarized the events of the chapter in verses 39-41. He said it was, "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see; and that those who see may become blind." Jesus pronounced the Pharisees sinners, because they claimed they had spiritual sight, but did not know Him as their Savior (v41). By contrast, Jesus gives sight to those who know they are blind sinners.

This whole account pictures salvation through faith in Jesus. Ephesians 4 says men are born "darkened" in their understanding. They are "excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness." (Ephesians 4:18-19; NAS). By contrast, those who trust Jesus as Savior are referred to as children of "light".

In addition to men's own natural blindness, Satan "blinds" men from the saving light of Jesus. 2 Corinthians 4:3ff says, "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God...For God, who said, 'Light shall shine out of darkness,' is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."

The Pharisees claimed to have sight, but did not see that Jesus was their Savior, or that they were "sinners". John 3:18 says, "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

Jesus proved He is the light of the world, by giving sight to the blind, and by revealing the "sin" of those who said they could see. 

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