Love Lesson
Lesson 24: by turtle

John 9:1-3 KJV
1  And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Back in the Old testament it was thought that either the parents had sinned or the one that was born had sinned if someone was born blind or crippled.
They thought blindness was a punishment literally for sin. Our of curiosity to the turth the disciples asked Jesus about it.  Christ made it clear it was not sin
that cause the blindness.

Often today people say you must of done something wrong to deserve this type of punishment from God. Truth is not all illness or tragedy is due to sin.
Sometimes there is a greater purpose. As we explore this chapter we will look at the purpose this man was born blind. Christ said this man was born
blind so that God should be made manifest in him. You can look at it this way so that God would be glorified in this man's life.

John 9:4-5
4  I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Christ makes it clear he came for a purpose to do the will of God. Christ came to show God's love for mankind.  He was the light that would draw all
people to Him. That was God's will. To draw all men to Christ.

John 9:6-7
6  When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
7  And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

Christ made clay out of his spit and the ground and anointed the man's eyes with it. He then sent him to wash in the pool. The man obeyed. What did he
have to loose. Nothing so he obeyed. And out of his obedience he was able to see.  He trusted Jesus to heal Him and he came seeing.

John 9:8-12
8The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
9  Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
10  Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
11  He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and
washed, and I received sight.
12  Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

When a miracle happens it is normal to have those who disbelieve. Yet it is hard to disprove the truth. His neighbors where puzzled at the events that had
taken place. How can this man see they wanted to know. The man said Jesus healed me. He testified to what Christ had done. If this is so where is he
they wanted to know. They wanted to know how this man could see, yet they were unwilling to believe. So they took to someone in authority hoping to
get to the bottom of this.

John 9:13-17
13  They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
14  And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
15  Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
16  Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such
miracles? And there was a division among them.
17  They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

More questions from the Pharisees of how this happened. Pharisees questioned whether this was of God or not. How can a man heal on the sabbath,
which breaks God commandments.  Throwing up the old debate of whether Christ healing could be from God. Trying anything to disprove it. Then they
ask the man what he thought of Jesus.  Without any doubt he knew who it was that healed him a prophet of God. He did not at this time realize Christ
was the Messiah.

The man born blind understood Jesus had healed him he need to know nothing more. He knew this man must be of God. For years he long to see and
now he was made whole. When we are healed do we rejoice and share with others what he has done.

John 9:18-23
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 that had received his sight.
19  And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? How then doth he now see?
20  His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
21  But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
22  These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be
put out of the synagogue.
23  Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

The Pharisees still look for away to prove this is not from God. They went and found this man's parents to ask if it was their son and how this happened.
His parents you think would be overjoyed that their son could see, but in fact they were scared. They were devout Jews and did not want to be tossed
out of the synagogue. They did however admit that this was their son but denied knowing how he could see because of fear.  They made it clear he was
old enough to answer the questions that they sought from them.

Do we see the work of God and yet deny that it is from Him. Are we like this man's parents, the Pharisees and neighbours wanting proof that it is of God.
Do we deny God's power in healing in our life. Do we deny God power in our life?

John 9:24-25
24  Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
25  He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

The  Pharisees then try and say Jesus was a sinner but give God the glory for being able to see.  The man born blind makes it clear he knows not about
this man's sin or not sin but he knows he able to see. That was enough proof to him. Is it enough to know we are made whole and well. Spiritual or
physically or do we deny what Christ has done. Nothing would convience this man otherwise about what had happened to him.

John 9:26-28
26  Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
27  He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
28  Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

The response of this man was making the Pharisees more angry. They felt their faith and belief was superior to this man born blind They knew Moses did
miracles. Yet they did not believe even with seeing that Jesus did miracles.

John 9:29-34
29  We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
30  The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
31  Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
32  Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
33  If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
34  They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Not the Pharisees are more angry yet the man refuses to believe this miracle  and man that healed him is no more less of God then Moses. He even goes
to the extreme and gives their argument back to them. Saying you know God can not hear a sinner. Fact is God can hear a sinner when he repents. God
hears the heart of all mankind. But the man is speaking back to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. With that the Pharisees throw him out. They were tired of
hearing how God had healed for they believed not. They did not believe it could be of God.

John 9:35-38
35  Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
36  He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
37  And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
38  And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

Jesus sought the man out to tell him who He is. When Christ tells him He is the Son of God. The man believes because of the miracle in his life and he
begins to worship Jesus. Do we worship Christ for what he has done in our life. For healing us spiritual, for healing us physically, for our finances, for
healing in family and friends.

John 9:39-41
39  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
40  And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
41  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Jesus then speaks of why he came into the world that those that could see would not see and those that could not see could see. The Pharisees overheard
what Jesus had said and this made them angry. What he mean he came to make seeing men blind and blind men to see.  Are we blind they asked. But
Jesus was speaking of spiritual blindness and sight. Though the Pharisees did admit that the healing itself was from God they still deny who Christ was. So
the sin remained.

Denying Christ and who He is is denying what God has done for all mankind. God loved each and everyone of us. He sent His only Son to died on the
cross for our sins. Will you believe today? Are you like the  man born blind not afraid to speak the truth of who Christ is. Are you like his parents afraid
too? Or are you like the Pharisees ever seeing the presents of God in your life and yet not willing to believe? It is your choice whether you believe or not.