John 9 Verse by Verse Commentary
Witten and edited by Glenn Pease
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind1As he went along, he saw a man blind frombirth.
1. It was rare to come across one who was blind from birth. Many became blind inlater life, but to be blind from birth was so extreme that people assumed that therehad to be some extreme sin somewhere in the family to account for such a radical judgment on a child.2. In contrast to chapter 8 where Jesus is rejected and the leaders wanted to stonehim, this chapter starts off with a scene of Jesus showing divine grace and mercy toone that most would not dream of helping, for he was obviously cursed of God to beborn blind. Pink comments, "And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man." How blessed.The Savior was not occupied with His own sorrows to the exclusion of those of others. The absence of appreciation and the presence of hatred in almost all aroundHim, did not check that blessed One in His unwearied service to others, still less didHe abandon it. Love "suffereth long," and "beareth all things" (1 Cor. 13). AndChrist was Love incarnate, therefore did the stream of Divine goodness flow onunhindered by all man’s wickedness. How this perfection of Christ rebukes ourimperfections, our selfishness!"3. I share the following paragraph to make it clear that many babies have been bornblind even in our country due to no sin related activity of the parents."The World Health Organization estimates that about 100,000 children each yearare born with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), a major cause of severe birthdefects such as blindness, deafness, heart disease, and mental retardation. Whenpregnant mothers get rubella, a highly contagious otherwise-minor illness, theresults for their babies can be devastating. Most of the 100,000 victims each year arein developing nations – although the first nation to eliminate CRS was Cuba, whodid it in the mid 1990s with an aggressive immunization program. On March 21,2005, the United States formally and officially declared itself free of rubella. This isa major public health milestone. Rubella peaked in the United States in the mid1960s when one epidemic caused an estimated 12.5 million cases of rubella in theU.S., leading to 20,000 cases of CRS which according to the CDC was responsiblefor “more than 11,600 babies born deaf, 11,250 fetal deaths, 2,100 neonatal deaths,3,580 babies born blind and 1,800 babies born mentally retarded.” Cases of rubella