Summary: This is a part of a series on the Gospel of John.
INTRODUCTION: This man had never seen a sunrise, sunset, a flower, or anything. He grew up in a world of darkness. This man’s blindness was not punishment for his sin or his parent’s sin. However, it is true that he would not be blind if it were not for the Fall of man and curse of sin.
This man’s physical blindness was tragic but it was his spiritual blindness that was the issue. The Pharisees who could physically see were spiritually blind. This man’s blindness had a divine purpose which was only known to God.
Through the touch of Jesus this man received his sight. After the touch, he could not only see physically but also spiritually! It was for the sake of God’s plan to bring this blind man to Christ and bring glory to God! Let us consider…
I. The Man (9:1-5).
Though the man was blind and could not see his way to Jesus it didn’t prevent Jesus coming to him. Jesus saw the man who had been born blind. It was assumed that either he or his parents sinned and his blindness was a result. This is not so. Tragedy happens to the just and the unjust.
II. The Mud (9:6).
We learned in the Prologue of John that Jesus is the Creator. Adam was created from the dust of the ground. We are made of clay. God is the Potter and we are the clay. Jesus took some mud… some clay and placed in on the man’s blinded eyes. What an amazing sign! God made the man and He remade the man!
III. The Miracle (9:7-9).
Jesus told the blind man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The man received the Word! Go! Wash! Out of the man’s obedience and him responding to the Word in faith a miracle took place! The man could see! We are told that the ‘god of this age has blinded the eyes of the unbeliever” and we all are born blind spiritually. We need a miracle of rebirth. We must be born again!
IV. The Messiah (9:10-12).
When asked who it was that gave him sight the blind man said, “A Man called Jesus…” His name is the sweetest name I know! It is this Man that touched my life and gave me sight! “Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me…. I once was lost but now I am found, was blind but now I see!” Say His name with me… Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
V. The Message (9:25).
The Pharisees were furious and sought to destroy the ministry of Jesus. They were full of religion but they were spiritually blind. They kicked the healed blind man out. He was not welcome with them but He was welcome with Jesus. Through faith in Jesus we can see what really matters in life.
CONCLUSION: God reached down and took that which was considered evil (dirt); mixed it with human saliva; touched the blind man’s eyes; instructed the man to wash; and through the blind man’s faith, he received sight! God is not limited by the physical condition of a person. Jesus, God in the flesh, is able to cause the blind to see!
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