Saturday, August 7, 2021
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out and went and found him. He asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 The man said, “Point him out to me, sir, so that I can believe in him.”
37 Jesus said, “You’re looking right at him. Don’t you recognize my voice?”
38 “Master, I believe,” the man said and worshiped him.
39 Jesus then said, “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.”
40 Some Pharisees overheard him and said, “Does that mean you’re calling us blind?”
41 Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.”
-John 9:35-41 The Message.
The formerly blind man was kicked out of the synagogue. He had faith, and that’s what got him kicked out.
Verse 35: Jesus heard that they put him out, and finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
Verse 36: He answered, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”
Verse 37: Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.”
Verse 38: And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him.
Verse 38 study: This man experienced new life through Christ. He became more confident that Jesus is the one that healed him. He gained physical sight and spiritual presence because he recognized that Jesus was a prophet (9:17) then Lord. You see Christ differently when you turn to him. The longer you walk with Jesus, the more you understand who he is. In 2 Peter 3:18, he tells us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Keep walking with Jesus to learn more about him.
Verse 39: 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.”
Verse 40: Those of the Pharisees with him heard these things and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?”
Verse 41: Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, “We see, your sins remain.
Verses 40-41 study: Spiritually blind? The Pharisees were shocked that Jesus thought this. But Jesus did counter saying that only blindness, meaning stubbornness and stupidity, can excuse their behavior. Anyone who remained open-minded and recognized that sin had truly blinded them from knowing the truth, he gave spiritual understanding and insight. Conversely, he rejected anyone who had become complacent, self-satisfied, and blind.
Father, I pray for your grace and mercy upon us. We can be blinded sometimes and need that insight from you. I pray we can continue to be in the word, meditating and doing your works. Thank you for our study today. In Jesus’ name. Amen!