Musings From the Gospel of John – Number 23

The Scriptures covered in this post are from John 9:35-41

John 9:35-41 NASB
”Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.” And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him. And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

As you recall, in our last post, Jesus had healed a man who was blind and as John 9:22 points out, the leaders of the Jews had already agreed that if anyone acknowledged Jesus to be the Christ, the Messiah, he would be put out of the synagogue. And as John 9:35 indicates, that is exactly what they had done with this man who Jesus had healed. And Jesus heard that this had been done and found him. This wasn’t the man looking for Jesus, it was Jesus looking and finding the healed man. And Jesus asks him “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

If you need a refresher on the background of the terminology “Son of Man” you can find it here. Suffice to say that Jesus uses the terminology “Son of Man” as it applies to Daniel 7:13 which reads as follows: “As my vision continued that night, I saw one like the Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, honour, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal—it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed.” This is a statement of a vision Daniel the Prophet was given, that directly pertains to the Christ, the Messiah.

The man who has been healed of his blindness appears to understand the terminology but does not know to whom it is applied and responds to Jesus by saying ‘Who is He, Sir? Tell me so that I may believe in Him.” And Jesus responds that he has both seen Him and in fact, He is the one who is now speaking to him.

Quite often you will hear people say, “where does Jesus say that He is God?” Will this is one of the verses (there are others) where Jesus claims to be Deity and you might want to mark it as such. Notice the response of the healed man. Now he calls Jesus Lord and says that he believes in Him and the man worships Jesus. The fact that Jesus does not stop him from worshipping Him is noteworthy. That in itself is an acknowledgement from Jesus, that He is God.

Then Jesus uses this healing of a blind man, and as you recall, that had not ever been done by anyone previously (the blind being given back there sight) to illustrate the purpose why He had been sent by God the Father. Jesus says, “I came into this world for judgement (to separate those who believe in Me from those who reject Me – to declare judgement on those who choose to be separated from God) so that the sightless would see, and those who see would become blind.”

You recall when John the Baptist was imprisoned and sent word to Jesus to confirm that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, Jesus responded as follows in Matthew 11:2-6 : “Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, thelepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”

Cross reference Isaiah 35:4-6 to see why Jesus responded as He did to John the Baptist and how the healing of the blind man fits into the miracles that Jesus performed. Isaiah 61:1 is another cross reference to be mindful of.

Some Pharisees who were with Jesus heard the words that Jesus spoke and saw the potential connection that Jesus was inferring that they had sight but were blind so they specifically ask Jesus “Are we also blind?”

The response that Jesus gives is a cutting one. As you recall, the Pharisees prided themselves in following the Letter of the Law. Jesus uses their pride in following the Letter of the Law in answering them. “If you were blind (to the Law), you would have no sin (and would not be blamed for your unbelief), but since you claim to have sight (be aware of the Law), (you have no excuse so) your sin and guilt remain.”

More to follow . . .

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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