The man born blind

John 9


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There are several major miracles in the book of John.

·         John 2 - Jesus turned water into wine at the marriage supper in Cana of Galilee.

·         John 4:43-54 - The Nobleman’s son healed.

·         John 5:1-16 - The impotent man healed.

·         John 6:1-13 - The feeding of the 5,000.

·         John 9 - The healing of the man born blind.

·         John 11 - Raising Lazarus from the dead.


I.    The purpose of the blindness v3

A.  The questions by the disciples

1.   There were those who taught that the possibility of prenatal sin.

2.   Others taught the pre-existence of the soul and possibility of sin in some previous life.

3.   There was also the teaching that indicated the possibility of some type of judgment upon the parents due to sin.

B.   Jesus' answer.

1.   Their ideas were false - neither his or his parents' sins brought about the blindness.

2.   But the blindness would provide a way for the works of God to be revealed to many.


II.   Purpose of the miracle.  v4-7

A.  To do the works of God.

1.   Jesus turned to the work before Him-to bring light out of this blind man's darkness.

2.   Only a short time before, Jesus had declared Himself to be the Light of the world.

3.   Now He said to the disciples: "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work."

B.   To manifest Jesus as the light of the world.

1.   Jesus' work of banishing darkness is done when it is "day," meaning in the light, but also meaning while there is yet time.

2.   The disciples didn't respond to Jesus' words, but they watched as He spat on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes.

3.   In ancient times, saliva of a distinguished person was thought to have healing power.

4.   And Jesus often used the customs of His day to gain the confidence of those who watched.

C.   Note: the seven "I Am's" of Christ in John's gospel:

1.   I am the Bread of life.  6:35

2.   I am the Light of the world.  9:5

3.   I am the Door.  10:7

4.   I am the Resurrection.  11:25

5.   I am the Way.  14:6

6.   I am the Truth.  14:6

7.   I am the Life.  14:6


III. Purpose of the 'blind-man's' testimony v8-14  (It is apparent from verse 38 that this man is lost!  It is amazing indeed that a lost man can witness to other lost people and God will use His Word to either convict them, or judge them.)

A.  To identify Jesus as the healer.

B.   To bear record of His great power.

C.   To be a living 'eye-witness' of the miracle.


IV. Purpose of the Pharisees' questioning.  v15-34

A.  To discredit Jesus.

1.   Since Jesus had restored the man's sight on the Sabbath, some Pharisees said, "This Man is not from God, because he does not keep the Sabbath" (John 9:16).

2.   Others saw this healing as a miraculous "sign," and asked how a "sinner" could perform it.

3.   Still others doubted that the man had ever been blind!

B.   To discredit the 'eye-witness' testimony

1.   They went to the man's parents to verify that he had actually been blind.

2.   The man's parents, however, knew for certain that the man was born blind.

3.   But they feared the Pharisees, and avoided the questions about their son's healing.

4.   They shifted the responsibility of the whole thing to their son.

5.   "He is of age," they said, "ask him."

C.   The additional testimony of the man.

1.   The man Jesus healed first said, "He is a prophet" (John 9:17).

2.   But when the Pharisees said to him,  "Give God the praise: we know that this Man is a sinner," the man answered them courageously.  "Whether he is a sinner or not, I do not know.     One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see!" (John 9:24-25).

3.   As the Pharisees continued to question him, his courage grew and his spiritual eyes began to open.

4.   He denied that Jesus was a sinner.

5.   Instead, he declared Him to be a godly man who does God's will.

6.   Then he said, "If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing" (John 9:33).

7.   The Pharisees refused to listen to him any longer and through him out of the temple.


V.  Purpose of the 2nd meeting with Jesus.  v35-41

A.  To heal the man's 'spiritual blindness'

1.   When the Pharisees threw the man out, Jesus was there to receive him.

2.   The man's heart was open and ready hear what Jesus had to say to him.

3.   When Jesus declared that He was the Son of Man, the man responded, "Lord, I believe!"

4.   And, "he worshipped Him" (John 9:38).

B.   To declare his mission in this world.

1.   The man knew who Jesus was.

2.      Jesus, who had cured the man of his physical darkness, had now led him out of his spiritual darkness into the light of God's kingdom.

3.      This is exactly why Jesus came into the world.

C.   To reveal the world's blindness to God's ways.

1.   The Pharisees were listening and heard Jesus say, "...I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind." (John 9:39)

2.   The Pharisees and those whom they taught were blind, in darkness, and Jesus said He came that they might see.

3.   Those who came to Jesus, the Light, were then able to see and would be "blind" to the teaching of the Pharisees.

4.   Jesus said that if the Pharisees had this kind of blindness, they would not be guilty of sin.

5.       However, they chose to remain in darkness, claiming they could see, so their guilt remained.