Jul. 27. Contention over the Man Born Blind

Jn 9:1-41

Sometime later, Jesus and the disciples passed by a blind beggar. It was a common belief that extreme birth defects, such as blindness were caused by sin, either by the parents or by the individual in some sort of preexistent state.

Jesus explained that it was neither the man nor his parents who had sinned, but that he was blind, “That the works of God should be revealed in him.” We do not fully understand how God works, but every person is here for a purpose—maybe for great things or very small.

The Jews questioned the man about how his eyes had been opened. He stated that a Man called Jesus had made clay and anointed his eyes and had told him to go to the pool of Siloam and wash. After his faith had led him to obey the commands of Christ, he was healed.

Again, it was the Sabbath when Jesus healed this man. The Jews counted Him as a sinner because He had not kept the Sabbath. Others said that a sinner could not do these signs.

The man’s parents were asked about their son, but fearing that they would be cast out of the synagogue, they refused to get involved. They said, “He is of age; ask him.”

As the Jews continued to press the healed blind man, they asserted that God had healed him because they knew that Jesus was a sinner. The man then made one of the more famous declarations found in the Scriptures. “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.”

At this point, the man was cast out of the synagogue. Jewish people were very careful to avoid being cast out of the synagogue because this meant that they would be without country and religion.

After Jesus had heard about the man being cast out and had found him, He introduced Himself as the Son of God. This was a great step forward for the man as he had been cut off from all that had come through Moses and was now being led to all that comes from the Son of God.

It is interesting how this man’s faith in Christ progressed—“A man called Jesus; He is a prophet; A Man from God; Lord, I believe.”