Summary: What a remarkable scene ...ordinary man face to face with the Son of God. One on one with the Creator...The Good Shepherd.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
What a remarkable scene ...ordinary man face to face with the Son of God. One on one with the Creator...The Good Shepherd.
Back in chapter 8 of John, Jesus was teaching His disciples in the Temple and the Pharisees had brought Him an adultness woman and they tried to contradict Jesus in His teaching but, without saying a word Jesus wrote something in the sand and the Bible says they were being convicted by their own conscience by Jesus and they left the temple one by one
The Pharisees were keepers of the law of Moses...they were righteous leaders but, righteous in their own minds.
They tried to stone Jesus to death but, He had gotten away from them and on His way out of the Temple Jesus saw a man blind and the Bible says and Jesus had compassion on him.
You might remember the story...Jesus spat on the ground and made clay and placed it on the blind man's eyes and told him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam and he washed and he was healed of his blindness.
There have been many sermons preached on why Jesus spit in the dirt and made mud and placed it on the man eyes.
I believe once again Jesus was contradicting the Pharisees.
You see everyone knows that saliva has some healing power....
The Pharisees had written a law that they were to be no healing on the Sabbath ..this was the Sabbath day.
Pharisees had made many laws for people to follow...they even had a book that the scribes kept that was called midrash.
It was a bunch of laws and rules the Pharisees had added to the law of Moses. It was a Jewish commentary for everyone to go by.
Gods law had been added to by these people...stretched out proportion...was impossible for any man to follow except for our Lord Jesus
You remember Apostle Paul was a Pharisee....Paul had people executed for following our Lord.
But, he met Jesus on the road to Damascus and Paul was blinded by His appearance ...but, after 3 days he was healed ....physically and spiritually ...as they say...the rest is history.
The Pharisees were blinded to Jesus and his forgiveness by grace.
They were set in their own self righteous way and wanted everyone else the same or you would pay a price...sometimes the ultimate price of death.
How can anyone live a life more abundant ...as Jesus called it if we are caught up in the slavery of the law?
We needed a Shepherd to lead us out of that slavery.
That's what Jesus died for....that's what He came to defeat.
Sad but true ...some are still held captive by laws....never enjoyed the freedom of being free from sin and living an abundant life.
Still believe that being good and doing good deeds will get them honor before God......they need a Shepherd..a good Shepherd
Not only did Jesus heal the blind man in John chapter 9 physically but, most of all spiritually.