Summary: The real mitracle in this story is the healing of spiritual sight
John 9:1-41 – Jesus opens the eyes of the blind
Student who went around college blind-folded for a day
Had a lot more empathy for someone who was blind after that experience
Being blind would be a terrible handicap to have, not being able to witness the creation, limited in getting around etc
But there is a condition much worse than being spiritually blind and that is spiritual blindness
The sad part about spiritual blindness is that the person doesn’t realise they are blind
If you ask a physically blind person if they realise they are blind and they will say yes
If you were to ask someone who is spiritually blind if they realise they are blind, instead of saying “yes”, you would probably end up with a fight on your hands
In the story we are going to look at today, this is exactly the scenario
Right from the start, this story is a set up
In fact this man was born blind in order that Jesus could make this very point
John 9:1-41 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 “Teacher,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?”
In a judgmental society, this is what happens. If someone is sick he must have sinned or his parents did
Sins can cause sickness – alcoholism does destroy livers, porking out on wrong foods will make you sick, illicit sex can result in terrible diseases etc
But to arbitrarily attribute sickness to a sinful lifestyle is not biblically correct
As we know today, many things cause sickness – genes, accidents, lifestyle
Jesus adds another reason to the list of what may cause sin
3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him.
God is sovereign – he can choose to do what he chooses in order to bring glory to him
In this case he was using the circumstances to try to show the Pharisees they were spiritually blind
4 All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end. 5 But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Introduces the concept of Him being the light of the world
There is no other source for light – not anything else, not the law – nothing can bring us true spiritual light
6 Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and smoothed the mud over the blind man’s eyes. 7 He told him, “Go and wash in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came back seeing!
8 His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Is this the same man—that beggar?” 9 Some said he was, and others said, “No, but he surely looks like him!”
And the beggar kept saying, “I am the same man!”
He was hard to recognise because our eyes are powerful means of communicating
Eyes are our window to the world
Important to teach our kids to look people in the eye
10 They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?”
11 He told them, “The MAN they call Jesus made mud and smoothed it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash off the mud.’ I went and washed, and now I can see!”
12 “Where is he now?” they asked.“I don’t know,” he replied.
13 Then they took the man to the Pharisees.
This is great, let’s tell the minister
14 Now as it happened, Jesus had healed the man on a Sabbath.
Uh oh! – there goes the celebration
15 The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He smoothed the mud over my eyes, and when it was washed away, I could see!”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.”
Again here is evidence of the setup
One has to ask the question here, did Jesus deliberately provoke this confrontation?
Could have healed the man any other day, could have just spoken the word, but he deliberately makes a paste of the mud and places it on the man’s eyes
He deliberately did work in order to provoke this confrontation