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John 9:13-34

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The Situation.

He is brought before the Pharisee.
Now we aren’t told why they do this.
Their motivation:
Maybe they are thinking the Pharisees will want to rejoice.
Maybe they think that the Pharisees will restore his ability to be apart of worship with the synagogue.
Maybe they want to further the already volatile relationship between the Pharisees and Jesus.
Whatever the case, they bring him.
And here we are reminded again of who it is that they are bringing and what it is that has happened to this man.
John 9:13 NASB95
They brought to the Pharisees the man who was formerly blind.
He was formerly blind.
Formerly a beggar.
Formerly helpless.
Formerly hopeless.
Now He sees.
Now he can earn money legitimately.
Now he is free to complete normal task apart from the aid of others.
Sight is something we take for granted.
Just this week at Antioch.
We take sight for granted.
A brief time without sight had me frozen in fear and inability.
This man’s life has been changed.
The lights are permanently on for this guy.
Jesus gives this guy perfect vision.
So this man, born blind now sees is being brought before these Pharisees.
John helps us out here.
Verse 14
John 9:14 NASB95
Now it was a Sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
Now, we have ran into this issue before in the Book of John.
when Jesus heals the man who had been ill for 38 years.
John 5:10 NASB95
So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.”
John 5:16 NASB95
For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.
In , Jesus addresses this issue again.
This is a familiar attacking point for the Jews.
So John is giving us some context here for this conversation.
This tension has been building and its about to build even more.
So we have the context of whats going on in our passage.
Look with me at the Pharisaical investigation.

The investigation.

First Question.

John 9:15 NASB95
Then the Pharisees also were asking him again how he received his sight. And he said to them, “He applied clay to my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
They inquire as to the way in which this man is now able to to see.
The secondary becomes primary for these Pharisees.
Think about it for a moment: What is the first thing you do when someone gives you news like this?
You celebrate and then you inquire.
They immediately begin to interrogate this man.
How did you receive sight?
This question tells us two things.
The uncommonness of this miracle.
The heart of these Pharisees.
There is no love in a heart that responds this way.
There is no kindness there.
There is no godliness.
The man responds accurately and with the testimony that he has concerning what Jesus has done for him.
I would encourage you to tell your testimony but also preach the Gospel.
From this answer the Pharisees begin to decipher whats going on with this Jesus.
John 9:16 NASB95
Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying, “This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” But others were saying, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And there was a division among them.
Two different conclusions are drawn.
They are having a disagreement. These people are just hard to get along with. (Hateful people) If you meet one hateful person...
One group says.
Jesus can’t be from God because he has healing on the Sabbath.
Here they have misunderstood the purpose of Sabbath.
The other Pharisees conclude.
How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs.
Here they rightly conclude: This has to be from God.
Jesus divides. He divides today. he divides people here today.

Look at the second question they ask.

John 9:17 NASB95
So they said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?” And he said, “He is a prophet.”
The firsts question was a question of information.
This question is one of acclamation and affirmation.
Now they want to know who Jesus is to him now.
They had no problem with the man being healed. They had a problem with the belief that this sign would require.
This man, not yet converted, hasn’t even seen Jesus with his new eyes yet, he concludes what would be natural. He is a prophet. He’s got to be.
No other conclusion is rational.
Think about this man. He has had people walk by him his whole life, and no one had helped him in this way.
Jesus changes his entire outlook no pun intended.
John 9:18 NASB95
The Jews then did not believe it of him, that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight,
But these men can’t see it.
Here is the irony here.
The only man who can truly see who Jesus is the one who was blind.
These men do not believe it.
They even call the parents but these parents.... lets just say were special.

The Second round of witnesses.

His parents.
John 9:18–23 NASB95
The Jews then did not believe it of him, that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight, and questioned them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?” His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue. For this reason his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
The parents pass the buck.
Out of fear.
They know he is their son.
They know who healed him.
They also know that these Pharisees have rejected Christ an reject his followers.

A second round

John 9:24–29 NASB95
So a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give glory to God; we know that this man is a sinner.” He then answered, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” So they said to him, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” He answered them, “I told you already and you did not listen; why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become His disciples too, do you?” They reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. “We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He is from.”

The Theological Truth that cannot be avoided.

John 9:30–33 NASB95
The man answered and said to them, “Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes. “We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him. “Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. “If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.”

Lies cant handle the truth.

John 9:34 NASB95
They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?” So they put him out.
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