Jesus heals a man born blind. The formerly blind man experiences amazing―now he can see for the first time in his life! Despite this miracle, the Jews are divided on how they feel about Jesus.
Jesus Corrects a Misconception
Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?John 9:2
This question came straight from Jesus’s disciples. Back then, people believed that if a man was born with unfortunate circumstances (blind, mute, deaf, leper, etc.), he or his ancestors must have sinned.
It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.John 9:3
Jesus corrects this misconception―all people are created in such a way that can glorify God. Then, Jesus proceeds to heal the blind man.
The Jews Are Skeptical
This miracle is so amazingly unbelievable to the Jews that they ask a total of 4 times!
- The Jews ask the blind man (John 9:10)
- The Pharisees ask the blind man (John 9:15)
- They ask the parents of the blind man (John 9:18)
- They ask the blind man again (John 9:24)
On top of that, Jesus performed this miracle on a Sabbath day. This caused some Pharisees to claim that Jesus isn’t from God because He doesn’t keep the Sabbath. Others make the point that a sinner can’t do such signs. They are divided.
The Jews were in such disbelief that they actually sought out the blind man’s parents to confirm that their son was actually born blind. When the Jews asked the parents how their son was healed, they dodged the question.
They feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.John 9:22
Cowardly. This is truly cowardly. The parents chose to play it safe to avoid being cast out by the authority. Worse, they deferred the answering of the question to their son.
They know what the right answer is, but they chose not to say it for the sake of protecting their status within the community. This is truly disappointing.
The Blind Man Is So Shocked At The Jews’ Unbelief
The blind man gets a taste of Jesus’s perspective. Jesus performs these wonderful miracles, yet the Jews still marvel in disbelief.
After the Pharisees ask the blind man back for the second time, they ask him to give glory to God and proclaim Jesus is a sinner. Interpreted in another way, choose either Jesus or the Jews.
Just like in John 8, the Jews start to namedrop Moses.
The blind man is in utter disbelief. He’s repeated the same thing over and over again, but the Jews still don’t believe.
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.John 9:31-33
The Jews got mad that such a “lowly” sinner would argue against them, so they cast the blind man out.
Not once did the Jews celebrate the miracle that a blind man can now see. They never mentioned “congratulations” or “I’m so happy for you”.
Instead, they chose to focus purely on how Jesus is a sinner for doing such works that they themselves cannot do.
This is jealousy at its worst. We should be happy for those who experience joy, even if we are not the ones that deliver the experience.
But the Pharisees were too prideful to allow that.
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