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John 9:1-41

John 9:1-41

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The difference between life and death is not religion but Christ!
The difference between life and death is not religion but Christ!

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John 9:1-41
 February 23, 2014
 Jesus has just left the temple where the people wanted to stone Him and now we come to chapter nine. We can understand the main point of this passage if we read the first verse and then the last. Here is a man who is born blind. He cannot see. In the last verse we read about some men who can see fine in the natural sense but spiritually they are as blind as if they had never been able to see. This contrast is presented throughout this chapter: the man who was born blind actually sees quite well and He worships the Messiah. The leaders say he is steeped in sin since birth but Jesus has set him free and he is righteous. The leaders, on the other hand, seem so healthy and rich yet are blind and poor. They are indeed born into sin and shall die that way. The difference is Christ. And this is what John shows us so that we may believe
and live. Let’s begin with
 verse one:
 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
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 And  his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his  parents, that he was born blind?
This isn’t just a silly question;
it can actually be supported by Exodus 20:5. Not that
it’s being applied correctly here but that was the
prevailing cultural perspective.
Later the same man will argue with the leaders and they will say, “You were born
altogether in sins, and do you teach
us?” They believed that if something was
wrong with a person that it must be because of sin. And if you think about it
there’s no shortage of people around us who think the same way. If things aren’t
right it must be because God is angry. They want to know whether he was blind for his own sin or whether a blind child was punishment for his parents. It shows how badly they misinterpreted Moses and
makes me wonder if they’ve ever read the story of Job.
 
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 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
We don’t have to look far in John to find God’s sovereignty and it shows well right
here. Why was the man born blind? Did someone do something wrong? No. The man was born this way because God wanted to do something with him. And God has that right as the Potter. He chose to make this man blind from the womb so that he would later be healed. And we can imagine the parents when they first
 
realized; they thought it was awful and begged and cried and asked God why. But there never was an answer and there never was a cure. They just learned to live with this terrible handicap and with the stigma of being sinners. And then Jesus comes along with His disciples and for whatever reason they ask the
question and Jesus says, “No. No one sinned to make him blind. He’s this way because it’s what God wanted, and I’m finally about to show you why:”
 
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 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
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 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Notice that he once again calls Himself the Light of the world. Knowing the way to the Father and receiving salvation comes from being able to see clearly. Jesus is the Light and He lights every man that comes into the world. We are in the world but not of it and at the right time He opens our eyes and shines.
And so He says, “I have to do the works I’ve been sent to do before my time comes
to leave.
I’m only i
n the earth for a short season, and
I’ve got a list of things to get done before I go.” And this
 blind man is on the list.
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When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the  spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.)  He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
I don’t know why Jesus chose this method and I don’t think there’s anyone who
really knows the meaning of any symbolism,
but there’s one
main point: Jesus is the Messiah and He makes the blind to see
(Is. 35:5). And that’s what this man will learn for himself; he feels Jesus rubbing clay on his face and then he’s away to a place called “Sent.” He washes the mud away and suddenly realizes that the
darkness is light! When he has a second to focus he realizes he can see! All the
things around him that were so hard to understand, things he didn’t even know
existed, are so plain to him now!
And he’s so excited that he runs back to find Jesus, but Jesus has already gone.
 
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The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
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Some said, This is he: others  said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
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Therefore said they unto him,  How were thine eyes opened?
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 He answered and said, A man that is called  Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
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Then
 
 said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
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They brought to the  Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
It’s such an unbelievable miracle that even the people who knew him didn’t think
it could be true. They think it must be someone who looks like him, but he confesses and recounts the story of how he got his sight. They want to see Jesus but no one knows where Jesus is, so they take the man to the Pharisees.
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 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
I don’t know if this is why the crowd took the man to the Pharisees or not, but this
is when John
decided to tell us. They already want to kill Jesus and they’re going
to use anything they can to get it done. Working on the Sabbath is strictly forbidden and death is the punishment. If they can prove He was working on that
day then they can say He’s not 
 from God and have Him executed.
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Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He  said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
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Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he  keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do  such miracles? And there was a division among them.
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They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes?  He said, He is a prophet.
The trouble is
they can’t make up their minds. Some of them think He’s from God because He performs miracles. Others think He’s not from God because He doesn’t
obey their regulation on the Sabbath. They argue about it for a bit and finally turn to someone with so
me firsthand experience with Him. “What about you? What do you think?” His answer is pretty straightforward: “He is a prophet.” It might seem less than desirable to call Jesus a mere prophet, but remember that the man doesn’t know
much else about Him yet (v. 35-
36). What he’s saying is that Jesus is from God!
 
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 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and  received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his  sight.
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 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
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 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
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 But by what  means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know  not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
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These words spake his  parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that

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