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John 9 - NIV
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
2 His 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 works of God might be displayed in him.
4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 After saying 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.
8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”
Some 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 asked.
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.”
“Where is this man?” they asked him.
“I don’t know,” he said.
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.
14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath.
15 Therefore 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.”
Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.
Then 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.”
18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents.
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.
21 But 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.”
22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.
23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”
25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
27 He 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?”
28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses!
29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”
30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.
31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.
32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.
33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.
35 Jesus 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.”
37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
Sermons on John 9
Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Jul 1, 2018
Each of us were born with a debilitating condition - spiritual blindness. Regardless of our desire to see, spiritually we were blind to the ways of God. Our only hope was for a miracle. Thankfully, Jesus is the Light of the world.
The Light of the World John 9: 1-11 As a boy Robert Louis Stevenson was intrigued by the work of the old lamplighter who went about with a ladder and a torch, setting the street lights ablaze for the night. One evening in Edinburgh, Scotland, as young Robert stood watching with childish ...read more
Contributed by Mark Aarssen on Jun 19, 2018
Jesus tells us to walk by faith and not by sight. When we do that we give sight to all those all around us. Trust Jesus to open your eyes to the love of God and the forgiveness that is yours in Jesus. Jesus says wash away the mud from your eyes.
Mud in your eye John 9:1-21 Have you ever played in the mud? Maybe you made mud pies. Maybe you are one of those people who like tractor pulls or monster truck rallies. Some of you may have had a mud facial. Jesus found a very interesting use for mud one Sunday afternoon. He used it as ...read more
Contributed by David Welch on May 7, 2018
Message 20 from John's gospel exploring the passage where Jesus restored sight to the blind man.
Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Sight for the Blind” INTRODUCTION John portrays Jesus as the one who came to give light and life to men. He did not come to condemn but to convert those in darkness. As we said a few weeks back, blindness or darkness comes from two problems. No light ...read more
Contributed by James Fabiyi on Apr 23, 2018
Understanding your identity in Christ will help you live up to the level that God has placed you.
The followings are just a few points that will help us shed some light on the importance of understanding your identity in Christ, though this is not an exhaustive list. Focus A man with no direction is a man of many directions. When you understand who you are in Christ, it helps you to focus ...read more
Contributed by Edward Pruett on Apr 2, 2018
Jesus chose you where you are. He walked past you, knowing that what makes you different will be used so that "God might be displayed in [you!]" Obedience to Jesus' directives is where seeing occurs.
When I look at my life, there seems to be two components that stand out: What people see from me and what people perceive of me. Let me repeat that: What people see from me and what people perceive of me. The unfortunate thing is the “what people see from me” and the “what people ...read more