THE MAN BORN BLIND
Jesus Christ healed many people of many infirmities and diseases. He cast out devils and yet there was one thing, one act, that would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was the Son of God and that was to heal a man that was blind from his mothers womb, a man born blind. Have you ever thought through the process of healing someone that was blind? Not only do the eyes have to be repaired but the brain has to be programmed to understand what the eyes are seeing
THE MAN BORN BLIND
Jesus Christ healed many people of many infirmities and diseases. He cast out devils and yet there was one thing, one act, that would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was the Son of God and that was to heal a man that was blind from his mothers womb, a man born blind. Have you ever thought through the process of healing someone that was blind? Not only do the eyes have to be repaired but the brain has to be programmed to understand what the eyes are seeing For example, a few years ago a man that received his sight after an operation could not see the front of the bus that he had been riding thise many years that he was blind. His mind wouldn’t register it. Cats raised in an environment of all verticals during an experiment, when let out into a normal environment couldn’t see things that were horizontal. Their minds were programmed as kittens to see only vertical lines and objects..
There is a record in Mark that shows Jesus healing a blind man and then having to heal his mind.
Mark 8: 23 And he (Jesus) took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
In the biblical times that we are dealing with the people thought there was special healing powers in a holy man’s spittle. Now, look at what the man said when Jesus asked him what he saw. He saw “men as trees, walking.” That’s not normal. The eyes were healed but the brain was still having a problem processing the information. Then Jesus went back and healed the man’s brain so that it understood the information. Without a basis of having seen before it would be impossible for the brain to understand what was being sent to it by the eyes.
JOHN 9:1 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.
Here the doctrine of reincarnation was being brought up by the disciples. There is no reincarnation, when you are dead you are dead and stay that way until the return of Jesus Christ for His Church, if you are a Christian, or until the end of the World when the Books of the Just and the Unjust are open.
Verse three should literally read: “Jesus answered , neither hath this man sinned nor his parents.”
The Man couldn’t have sinned because he could not sin in the womb.
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.
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.
8 The 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.
This is a great testimony of Jesus. In the churches today if someone was healed of anything the leadership would have that person paraded around until the cows came home. But not Jesus! The man didn’t even know who it was that healed him!
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.
Uh-oh! The religious leaders are about to get involved AND Jesus healed the man on a sabbath. It wasn’t lawful to work on the sabbath and the religious leaders would rather the law be followed than to see a man delivered from blindness.
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.
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.
The religious leaders are trying to get out of the situation. They know that the only person that would be able to heal a man born blind would be the Messiah the Savior and they didn’t want Jesus to be the Messiah.
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.
If the parents were put out of the synagogue then they couldn’t be a part of that community, people wouldn’t talk to them or sell them food or supplies.
23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
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.
They were liars! Jesus Christ lived a sinless life.
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.
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.
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.
Why would they want to discredit Jesus Christ and why wouldn’t they believe? Because they wanted to rule the people and Jesus Christ threatened their positions of power.
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?
Wasn’t that wonderful! Jesus sought for the man and found him. God will do the same for you if you just look for him.
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.
Lord I believe! Lord I Believe! LORD I BELIEVE! If only people would say and mean that today! It would be a new day for that man, woman or child. It would be a new day in our nation!
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.
A man who was blind his whole life, he didn’t even know who Jesus was and, yet, that day, he received both his sight and salvation. The Pharisees knew who Jesus was and, yet, hardened their hearts against him just so they could keep their positions of power. What do you choose , eternal life or your position in this life? Will you turn away from Jesus Christ when you are given the chance? And you so called Christian leaders, will you continue to use your position of power to benefit yourselves or will you get honest with yourselves and come back to God’s wonderful matchless Word and teach IT rather than your own ideas?