As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus.
but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him
Pain and suffering can actually have a divine purpose.
so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
Sometimes God chooses to display His power on the platform of our pain and our suffering
“As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”
“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes.
“Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”
Walk by faith and not by sight
God’s call to us: Trust Jesus (who we have not seen) based on the testimony of those who have seen him
So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”
Some claimed that he was. Others said, "No, that can't be him, he only looks like him." But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
“How then were your eyes opened?", they ask.
He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed.
Will we do what Jesus asks us to do? Will you say “YES?”
“and then I could see."
Where is this man?", they ask him., "I don't know,” he said.
They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.
Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was the Sabbath.
Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight.
“He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
Jesus didn't fit in their “God box"
But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?”
Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” The man replied, “He is a prophet.”
They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents.
“Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”
“We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind.”
“But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.”
His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.
Religious leaders were blinded by their presuppositions and their assumptions
Willful blindness: There is something to see but we will not look
A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”
He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know.”
We don't have to understand everything to believe something
Take a baby step and believe a little and eventually you will understand more
One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!
Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”
Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know for certain that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where He comes from."
The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.
How much more evidence do you need to know that Jesus came from God?
“If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.
Willful blindness: Refusing to look at the facts and refusing to see what can be seen
Those who live a “As I have loved you” lifestyle make an impact and have significance and purpose
It is not okay not to look if there is something to be seen