Christ Heals the Blind Man
Verse 1 – Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.
Verse 2 – And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?”
Verse 3 – Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
In Jewish culture, and as it is with some today, people believe sickness or calamities are the result of some great sin. Can you imagine that when your parents sin, that the punishment would be placed on you? However, we live in a fallen world and good behavior is not always rewarded and sometimes the innocent suffer. Sometimes innocent babies are born blind or deformed.
Jesus says plainly here, that this blindness is not the result of anyone sinning, “It’s so that the works of God can be revealed in him.” When the miracle takes place, it reveals what a Mighty God we have.
Verse 4 – “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
“While it is day,” is while the day of life lasts, for in the grave there is no work or device.
Verse 5 – “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Verse 6 – When He said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.
Verse 7 – And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
Verse 8 – Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”
Verse 9 – Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said,”I am he.”
Verse 10 – Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”
Verse 11 – He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
Verse 12 – Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”
Verse 13 – They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees.
These people couldn’t accept the miracle that Jesus had done for this man. They had to take him before the Pharisees to see what they said about it. It would be like today being miraculously healed and going to a doctor so they could tell you that the medicine did the cure.
Verse 14 – Now it was the Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
Verse 15 – Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
Verse 16 – Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was division among them.
Did some of these men honestly think that Satan, full of compassion for this blind man, healed him? They could only think of one of their made-up rules that had been broken on the Sabbath.
Do we judge like that too? When we notice someone cutting their grass on a Sunday, do we assume they are not a Christian. First of all, the Sabbath is from around six o’clock on Friday until six o’clock on Saturday. Our Sunday that we go to the Lord’s house is not the Sabbath. And further more, the sixth day was made for man to rest. Nowhere in God’s law does it say we cannot do good works on our day of rest. Don’t make rules for others that you yourself can’t keep.
Verse 17 – They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
If Jesus is going to heal you, do you really care what day of the week He does it?
Verse 18 – But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight.
Verse 19 – And they asked them saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”
Verse 20 – His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;
Verse 21 – “but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.”
Verse 22 – His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.
These Jews of the Sanhedrin, had decreed that if anyone said that Jesus was the Messiah, they would not be allowed back in the synagogue. They would have thirty days to repent, take back what they said. If they didn’t, then they extended it to sixty days. If no repentance came, they were then excommunicated from the whole body of the Jewish church. This is what the parents feared.
Verse 23 – Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
Verse 24 – So they called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”
This was a warning for this man to tell the truth. Confess this fraud and imposture before God.
Verse 25 – He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
Verse 26 – Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”
Verse 27 – He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”
This poor man had been grilled enough, so he answers them sarcastically.
Verse 28 – “We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”
Verse 30 – The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He has opened my eyes!
Verse 31 – “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.
The first prayer God hears from a sinner is when they cry out for Him to save them and they repent of their sin. Proverbs 15:29 – The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous. I think its remarkable that this man knew the scriptures better than the religious leaders.
Verse 32 – “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind.
Verse 33 – “If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
Verse 34 – They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.
It’s amazing that this man who had been a beggar, never read the scriptures and had no formal education, could so boldly and strongly put the Sanhedrin in their place. Only by the power of God was he able to do this.
Verse 35 – Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do yo believe in the Son of God?”
Verse 36 – He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”
Verse 37 – And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”
Verse 38 – Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” and he worshiped Him.
The longer this man experienced his new life through Christ, the more confident he became in the One who healed him. He gained not only physical sight but also spiritual sight as he recognized Jesus first as Prophet, then as Lord.
Peter tells us to grow in grace and knowledge of our Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18).
Verse 39 – And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into the world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”
Those that know they are in need of a Savior, their eyes of their heart shall be opened to point toward Jesus. And those who are wise in their own conceit, such as the scribes and the Pharisees, will be blind to the things of God.
Verse 40 – Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?”
Verse 41 – Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sins remains.
The Pharisees were shocked that Jesus thought they were spiritually blind. He told them that stubbornness and ignorance was their only excuse. To those who remain open and recognize how sin truly blinds them from the truth, He gave spiritual understanding and insight. But He rejected those who had become complacent and self-satisfied in their own knowledge.