Summary: In situations that at great trials, when we ask "Why Me?" we see that it is an opportunity for God to get the glory.
MUD IN YOUR EYE
HERE IS THE SCENE:
READ JOHN 9:35-41
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. 39 Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind." 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.
We find Jesus at the end of John 9 in a very interesting position. He is speaking with someone and all of a sudden this man bows down and confesses faith and worships Jesus. This man is ready to believe in the Messiah. He asks Jesus just to point the way and he would believe! At the same time, some of the religious leaders were around Him and seem pretty upset at the thought of Jesus calling them blind. How did Jesus get here? Who is this man and where was he thrown out of? How is this man so ready to believe in Jesus? Why are the Pharisees upset and why is Jesus talking of blindness? What happened?
This morning I would like to take us through John chapter 9, but I would like to do it in a way that starts from the end and works its way to the beginning. In a television show or movie, this is called an “analepsis” or a “flashback” or “reverse chronology.” A story will begin with an event and then take the reader or viewer backwards to see how the event ended up as it was. Basically, it is taking a story backwards in time. I would like to explain to you how Jesus arrived in this place with this particular man and these angry Pharisees, but I’d like to do so with reverse chronology. The answers to these many questions will help us make sense of this passage and has much to do with our own lives.
JOHN 9:13-34 [tell the story and do not read it]
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." 16 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 do such miraculous signs?" So they were divided. 17 Finally 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 The Jews 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 Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ 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," 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 man 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.