THE LIFE OF CHRIST
In our last lesson, we finished up John 8 where the Jews were ready to stone Jesus for saying that He was the Son of God. Today our lesson begins in:
John 9:1 Now
as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him,
saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born
It is unknown how much
time has passed since Jesus left the temple and escaped from being stoned to
death. He and His disciples were walking along when they passed by a man who
was blind since birth. It is interesting to note that no one was healed of blindness
in the Old Testament. This man was accustomed to being blind, but I cannot
imagine living my entire life without being able to see my loved ones or the
beauty of God’s creation with my eyes.
When Jesus’ disciples saw
this man, they assumed he was born blind because he had sinned or his parents
had sinned. Since they knew he was blind from birth, someone must have
mentioned this to them earlier. Anytime someone suffered from a disease or a physical
ailment, many assumed that person sinned just like Job’s friends assumed about
It is possible for
someone to suffer a disease or a physical aliment if they engage in sin (Gal.
6:6-7). For instance, if a person abused his body with drugs, alcohol, or he commits
fornication, it can cause disease and health problems. It is also possible for
a child to be born blind or have other problems if his mother sins by abusing
her body with drugs, or if the husband sins by beating his wife while she is
pregnant. Sometimes several generations can be affected by the sin of their
parents even though their descendants are not guilty of their parent’s sin (Ex.
Even when a child is born
with a physical ailment, it does not mean that he is a sinner because it is
impossible for them to be one, because his parent’s sin cannot be passed onto him
(Ezek. 18:20). Infants cannot speak or even think about sin because they do not
know what it is. Therefore, I find it strange that these disciples asked if
this man had sinned to cause himself to be blind from birth, which would mean
he could have sinned from the womb, which cannot happen.
Many times a person can
suffer physically or even get diseases naturally without sin being the cause,
which is the case with this blind man. But the disciples had made a judgment
call and assumed the worse without knowing the facts. We have to be careful
that we do not find ourselves guilty of this today. It is important that we do
not prejudge someone based on what we initial perceive with our eyes. Instead,
we need to gather all the facts we can before we make a judgment call.
John 9:3 Jesus
answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of
God should be revealed in him. 4
"I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night
is coming when no one can work. 5
"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Jesus told His disciples
neither this man nor his parents were guilty of sin, but the works of God will
be revealed in him. I do not believe God caused this man to be blind from birth
for this purpose. Instead, Jesus would use this opportunity to work another
miracle to glorify God. Just as Jesus used His opportunities wisely, we should
do the same. When Jesus said neither this man nor his parents sinned, He was
only saying that their sins did not cause the blindness because they were not
In verse 4, Jesus is
saying that He must continue to do the works of the Father while He is alive,
which is what is meant by day. The night represents death when no one can work.
Jesus is our perfect example because He was obedient to the Father in every way
and used His time wisely to serve God. We must learn from this example and
realize that we only have a short time on this earth. Once we die, it is over.
There are no second chances, so we must redeem the time we have (Eph. 5:16;
Once again, Jesus claims
to be the light of the world. It was prophesied that He would be this shining
light (Isa. 9:2; Mt. 4:14-16; Lk. 1:79). Jesus called Himself this light on
many occasions (Jn. 3:19; 8:12; 9:5; 12:46; Rev. 22:16). His light exposes the
darkness of sin, and it reveals the truth. Even when Jesus was physically taken
out of the world, He did not leave us in darkness because He left us His Word,
which reveals that same light (2 Tim. 1:10; 2 Pet. 1:19; Ps. 119:105).
When we step into that
light and obey it, we become Christians, and we can have the same confidence
David did when he said:
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I
Not only does Jesus continue to be the light for us through His Word, He will be the eternal light of heaven (Rev. 21:23). So, if we want to be pleasing to God, we must believe on the light and become sons of light (Jn. 12:36), walk in the light (1 Jn. 1:6, 7), put on the whole armor of light (Rom. 13:12), and shine as a reflection of that light (Isa 60:1; Phil. 2:15; Acts 13:47). We must strive to emulate Christ’s obedience to the Father.
John 9:6 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. 7 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.
On several occasions
Jesus used something with His miracle, but He always used something that had
nothing to do with the miracle itself. I
do not know the specific reason Jesus used things like this because if He
wanted to, He could just say your healed and the person would be healed, but I
have no doubt there was a purpose for it. Perhaps the purpose of him seeing
Jesus was to make the events happen as they did as we will see in the rest of this lesson. Though
not mentioned, I can imagine that some tried to reproduce this miracle by using
clay and the pool of Siloam, but they would find out that it would not work for
The blind man did not
know who Jesus was, but he had nothing to lose. So, He allowed Jesus to anoint
his eyes, and he obeyed the command to go wash in the pool of Siloam. According
to one commentator:
Its name was derived from the fact that its waters were “sent” into the pool by a channel:
South of the temple mount is a basin hewn out of the rock in part and partly built of masonry, fifty-three feet long, eighteen feet wide and nineteen feet deep, which is identified as Siloam. A stream, rising in the fount of Siloam, passes through the reservoir, which is used for domestic purposes.
This pool is located in the southeast
part of the city where the
Make no mistake, there was not any power in the clay, spit,
or the pool of Siloam. The miracle happened because of Jesus and the man
received his sight because He obeyed, which is similar to the story of Naaman
(2 Kings 5). Naaman was a leper and Elisha told him if he wanted to be made
clean, he would have to dip in the
This same principle applies to every person today because
everyone is stained with sin, and the only way to be cured from that sin is
through the power of God. However, we must choose to accept it by having an
obedient faith. We must believe, repent, confess Jesus as Lord, and be
baptized. Many people get hung up on the idea of baptism, but the water is not
what takes away our sin just like it did not open the blind man’s eyes or cure
Naaman’s leprosy. It is simply the place God has told us to go. When we obey
His command and we are baptized, we can know that God is removing our sin and
making us a child of God (
Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind
said, "Is not this he who sat and begged?" 9 Some said, "This is
he." Others said, "He is like him." He said, "I am he." 10 Therefore they said to him,
"How were your eyes opened?" 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." 12
Then they said to him, "Where is He?" He said, "I do not
We can only imagine what these neighbors thought. Here was a man they saw begging day after day because he could not see. Maybe some of them had even seen him earlier that day being blind, but now he could see. Some were so shocked by this event that they began to question their own sanity, which is why they asked if he was that man while others said he certainly looks like the man.
By this time there was probably a small crowd gathered because people always come together to see something extraordinary. This former blind man removes all doubt about his identity because he tells them he was that blind man. Of course everyone wants to know how it happened, and the man had no problem telling them what Jesus did for Him and how it was done. When they found out it was Jesus, they wanted to know where He was, but the man did not know. While many of these people probably knew who Jesus was, the blind man did not, he only knew His name.
John 9:13 They
brought him who formally was blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus
made the clay and opened his eyes. 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." 16 Therefore some of the Pharisees
said, "This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the
Sabbath." Others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such
signs?" And there was a division among them. 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."
The neighbors knew this was a miracle, so they brought this man to the Pharisees. We find out that Jesus healed this man on the Sabbath. Once again, this man explained how Jesus healed him, but all the Pharisees could focus on was their own laws they had made for the Sabbath. In their man-made traditions, Jesus had broken the Sabbath because He healed a man, spit on the ground, and made clay. However, Jesus had not broken the Sabbath according to the Law of Moses because He never sinned (Heb. 4:15).
The Pharisees were only concerned with Jesus because they did not like Him. They never said a word about the blind man who washed, which would have broken their view of the Sabbath. Because of their narrow minds, they did not pay attention to the miracle that happened.
Some of them understood the significance of this miracle,
and they posed a great question. “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” If
the Pharisees could have seen past their traditions and focused on this genuine
miracle, they would have to conclude that Jesus was from God. They could not
accuse Him of having a demon because when does a demon or the devil do
something kind like making the blind see? Once again, the Pharisees held to
their stubborn position while others had been convinced, so a great division
occurred that day.
Now they want to know
what this blind man thinks about Jesus. This man was like the woman at the well
(Jn. 4) because he is progressing in what he thinks about Jesus. First, he said
that a man named Jesus healed him. Now, he is saying He must be a prophet since
He was able to heal his blindness.
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. 19 And they asked them, saying,
"Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now
see?" 20 His parents
answered them and said, "We know that this is our son, and that he was
born blind; 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." 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. 23 Therefore his
parents said, "He is of age; ask him."
These Jews did not
believe in Jesus, so they wondered if this man had really been blind. So, they investigated this man’s story by
asking his parents if he was indeed born blind, and if he was blind, how was it
that he could see now. Much to the disliking of the Pharisees, his parents
confirmed that their son was born blind, so there was no denying that a genuine
miracle happened. One would think these parents would be overwhelmed with joy
that Jesus gave there son his sight and would proudly say that Jesus was the
one that did it. Instead, they decided to lie so they would not get kicked out
of the Synagogue.
To be kicked out of the
Synagogue was a Jews’ worse fear because not only were they not allowed to
worship there, the other Jews would not talk with them or do business with
them. So, this is why they would not tell these men what they knew, and why they
shifted the focus back on their son.
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."
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
Since the Pharisees were
not successful with the parents, they turned their attention to this man again.
They are trying their best to intimidate him to get him to deny that Jesus had
anything to do with his eyesight. Unlike his parents, he did not cave under the
pressure. He did not care if Jesus was a sinner or not, and he did not care
what these Pharisees were saying because he knew that he was blind and now he could
see. Nothing was going to change that fact.
John 9:26 Then
they said to him again, "What did He do to you? How did He open your
eyes?" 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?"
Once again, the Jews wanted
this man to tell them how he was healed. They were probably hoping his story
would change so they could find someway of disproving Jesus’ involvement. This
man was growing tired of these Pharisees, so he does not tell them the story again
because they do not want to hear the truth. He then mocks them by asking them
if they want to be His disciples.
John 9:28 Then
they reviled him and said, "You are His disciple, but we are Moses'
disciples. 29 "We know
that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where
He is from."
They did not like what he
said one bit, so they began to defend themselves and said they were Moses’
disciples. As we learned earlier in our study, Moses prophesied about Jesus,
and He had been fulfilling those prophecies. If these Jews were really Moses’
disciples, they should have believed that Jesus is the Messiah. We also find
these Pharisees lying because they claimed they did not know where Jesus was
from, but back in John 7:27, they said they did. Even if these were not the
same Pharisees of John 7, we know they shared the news about Jesus to their
fellow Pharisees because they were all looking for a way to bring Him down, and
they all knew who He was. These Pharisees were willing to say anything that
would keep them from admitting the truth.
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." 34 They answered and said to him,
"You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?" And they
cast him out.
This blind mind had a
greater understanding than these Pharisees. He understood that the only way
Jesus could have healed his blindness was if God was working through Him. The
blind man could see this, but the Pharisees would not open their eyes to this
simple truth. Instead, they cast him out of their sight claiming that he had no
right to teach them anything because he was born in sin.
Let’s take a closer look
at what the blind man said. Even though this man was not inspired by God, he
claimed that God does not hear sinners, which is true, and it is supported by
several Old Testament Scriptures (Ps. 34:15-16; Prov. 1:28-31, 15:29, 28:9;
Mic. 3:4; Zech. 7:12-13). When we examine these verses, we will find that God
does not hear the prayer of those who are not willing hear or obey the Law of
However, if a person is
seeking after God, and they are trying to obey God’s Word, He will hear their
prayer just like he heard Cornelius’ prayer (Acts 10:4). Even the blind man in
John 9 said, “If anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him
(Jn. 9:31).” There are many passages that imply this truth as well (Prov. 8:17;
Acts 10:4; Jas. 4:8).
While God may hear the
prayers of those who are drawing near to God, they will not be able to boldly
approach the throne of grace as Christian can because Jesus is not their high
priest, and they are on the outside looking in (Heb. 4:14-16). It should have
been obvious to these Pharisees that the blind man was right because no miracle
like this had ever been done in the past.
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?"
36 He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may
believe in Him?" 37 And
Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking
with you." 38 Then he
said, "Lord, I believe!" And he worshiped Him.
Jesus found the blind man
and wanted to know if he believed in the Son of God. The blind man wants to
believe in the Son of God, but he does not know who He is. This fact disproves
the fake miracle workers today who claim that a person can only be healed if he
has enough faith in Jesus because this man was healed, and he did not know who
Jesus was. When Jesus healed this man, he only heard His voice and did not know
what He looked like. At first, he called Jesus a man, and later he concluded
that He was a prophet. This man was ready to believe in the Son of God when
Jesus pointed out who He was.
When Jesus told him that
He was the Son of God, he did not question it; He simply believed and
worshipped Him. Jesus did not stop him from worshipping Him because Jesus was
worthy of worship. He was both man and God in the flesh.
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." 40 Then some of the
Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, "Are we
blind also?" 41 Jesus
said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin;
but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains.
When Jesus came into the
world, it was not to condemn it, but to save it.
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but
that the world through Him might be saved.
18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who
does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name
of the only begotten Son of God.
However, as He began to
reveal the truth through His words, He was laying the foundation by which all
will be judged (Jn. 12:48). Not only did Jesus come to save those who were
willing to accept His words of salvation, these same words will judge those who
refuse to accept them like these Pharisees.
Jesus also added that He
came to open the eyes of those who cannot see and make blind those who can see.
Jesus is using this saying in reference to the blind man that had his eyes opened,
but He is talking about this in a spiritual sense. Yes, this man was healed of
his physical blindness, but as time progressed, his eyes were opened
spiritually. Now, He believes that Jesus is the Son of God, which is what is
meant by making the blind to see. Every sinner in this world is spiritually
blind until they allow their eyes to be opened by the Word of God.
On the flip side, those who
think they can see, like the Pharisees, were made spiritually blind by the
truth that Jesus was teaching because they were unwilling to accept it, which
was a fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah (Mt. 13:14-15; Isa. 6:9-10).
What did Jesus mean when
He said, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.'
Therefore your sin remains.” When Jesus said they would have no sin, He was not
saying they would have no sin whatsoever because all have sinned (Rom. 3:23).
If He was talking about spiritual blindness, I believe He was saying they would
have no sin in not knowing who Jesus was if they had not heard who He was or
who He claimed to be.
If He is talking about
physical blindness, He could be saying that if they were like this blind man,
they would not have sin for not believing in Him because He did not know who
Jesus was, and he had not been able to see any of the signs that Jesus had
done. When Jesus opened the blind man’s physical eyes with a miracle, it led to
the blind man having his spiritual eyes opened because of this miracle and
because Jesus’ proclamied that He was the Son of God was all the blind man
needed for proof.
These Pharisees had heard
about and seen some of the miracles that Jesus did. On many occasions Jesus
pointed out to them how He was fulfilling the prophecies of the Messiah. Jesus
gave them plenty of evidence that should have cured their spiritual blindness,
but because of their stubborn pride, they refused to believe in Jesus. Since
they were claiming they could see and knew what the Scriptures said, they would
continue to remain in their sins because they were still denying that Jesus was
the Son of God.