Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind:
(Read John 9:1-12)
As Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth. Jesus is always looking for people who are in need of help. Blind man never requested healing yet the Lord healed him. He knows our need and willing to restore us. Meanwhile the disciples asked Jesus a loaded question. Was the blindness is the result of the man's sin or his parents' sin? There was a common belief among Jews that physical sickness is the result of sin. Jesus replied that his blind is not caused by something he or his parents did. It was to display His power. Job’s friends’ thought that terrible things happened to him because of his sin. They were wrong. God Himself settled the issue in Chapter 38 to 41. All sufferings in the world can be traced to the fact that we live in a fallen world. Sometime God allows suffering in our lives because he loves us (Heb 12:3-11). God uses suffering to accomplish His purpose (Phi 1:12). God is also able to save some from suffering, some through suffering, and some out of suffering. Jesus has come to rescue us from the ultimate suffering and we have an eternal hope laid up in heaven. Jesus told the blind man to "Go and wash your eyes in the pool of Siloam which means "Sent". Perhaps Jesus chose this method to test his faith and obedience. He responded immediately and was healed. Thus Jesus proved that he is the light of the world. God who created man from dust and Christ has used dust to restore. Pharisees accused Jesus because this happened on the Sabbath day.
Jesus is the Source of all Comfort: 9:12-34.
There was confusion and skepticism about this healing. We should never assume that once we are saved there will not be any problem and suffering. Suffering is part of Christian life (16:33). Christians are saved from ultimate suffering and condemnation. Now they are under the care of the loving Father who provides hope and strength in their sufferings
(2 Cor 12:9). They asked the man his opinion of Jesus. He responded that Jesus is a prophet. Jews refused to admit his testimony. They asked his parents whether their son was born blind? They wanted their son to speak for himself because they were afraid of Jews. The Pharisees wanted the blind man to attribute the miracle to God and to admit that Jesus is a sinner. At that time with unshakable conviction the man responded, "I know this, I was blind and now I see” (9:25). Highly educated Pharisees could not keep up with his conviction and insulted him for telling the truth. For him it was not an intellectual issue but a moral and spiritual issue. In many ways, believers are like this man. We were formerly blind to see the glorious light of the gospel (2 Cor 4:4). Bur Christ opened our eyes to see our real need and we respond to Christ’s saving grace. Now we have a story to tell to the nations. We may not be scholars of scripture but like this blind man, we can share with others what Christ has done in our lives. “Once I was blind but now I see". His blindness reveals the long standing blindness of Israel.
(Read John 9:35-41)
Jews excommunicated the man from the synagogue because of his faith in Christ. He knew that God listens to those who do his will and if Christ was a sinner, Christ could not have healed him. In order to confirm and encourage the faith of the healed man Christ found him. Jesus asked him “Do you believe on the Son of God?” He answered "Who is he, that I may believe in Him".The blind man was ready to believe but needed help. Jesus said "You have now seen him and it is he who is speaking to you".Suddenly he understood he was looking at the Messiah and worshiped him. He started his journey by calling Jesus a Man (9:11) and then a Prophet (9:17). Finally he responded his faith in Christ and worshiped him. How is our journey of faith progressing? Christ came to offer spiritual insight but Pharisees chose to remain blind. In contempt religious leaders asked Jesus “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them “If you were blind you would have no guilt, but you remain guilty because you claim you see”. They failed to understand that all they needed was Christ. Have you ever thanked Jesus for what He has done for you? Have you received sight by believing in Jesus Christ? Are we willing to suffer for for Christ? Jesus promised that He would never leave us or forsake us.