Sermon: The Lord of Blindness John 9:1-7

 John Banner website_edited-1The Lord of Blindness
John 9:1-7


Primary Truth Taught- Jesus saw the man created blind and healed Him showing the power of God.

Introduction

Our text today is the passage of Jesus healing the man born blind. It is an amazing story of Jesus’ compassion and power.

First, by way of introduction we need to see the context of the passage. It’s sandwiched in between claims that Jesus is demon possessed. If you remember from last week, the Jews were calling Jesus names and promoting the lie that He has a demon…

John 8:48–49 (ESV)

48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.

Then, lets jump ahead to…


John 10:19–21 (ESV)

19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

Now, Jesus has made some amazing claims so far in John’s Gospel. This account shows proof that Jesus is all He claims to be. Our Lord’s healing ministry is one way He substantiates His claim of being the Divine Messiah. He does what the Messiah does.

Isaiah 35:5 (ESV)

   Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

Isaiah 42:6–7 (ESV)

   “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;

I will take you by the hand and keep you;

       I will give you as a covenant for the people,

a light for the nations,

       to open the eyes that are blind,

       to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,

from the prison those who sit in darkness.

It’s not by chance that when John the Baptist sent messengers to Jesus to inquire if He was truly the Messiah, remember what Jesus said?

Luke 7:22 (ESV)

22 And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.

Jesus didn’t say go tell John I am the Messiah. Instead He said go tell John what I’m doing. Tell him about how I’m healing like the Messiah is supposed to heal and go tell him I’m preaching the good news like the Messiah is to preach. That should be proof enough.

Human Need Met

Jesus has the power to heal, however, sometimes He does but most often rather than healing our infirmities, He walks with us through our struggles. So whether He heals or not, eventually we all will be made whole either in this life or the next.

John 9:1–7 (ESV)

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

  1. The Lord of Blindness

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.  

The first thing we notice here is that our Lord saw a man blind from birth. He saw the blind man. The blind man did not see Jesus. Jesus takes the initiative because only He could. Always remember that our Lord cares about all His people even those with a debilitating handicap. This blind man was important to Jesus. Much like the man who was paralyzed lying by the pool so to Jesus cared about this man. This blind man was created in God’s image and was loved by Jesus.

His disciples saw that He saw the blind man. They had a question for Jesus…
Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?

In their minds only two options existed. Either the man sinned or his parents sinned. The first was fueled by a concept the Jews had that a person could sin in the womb, which must be the case here since the man was born that way. The other was that his parents were sinners and their blind son was some sort of punishment for their sin.
The disciples sound a little like Job’s friends don’t they. Job you must be a horrible sinner for god to cause such suffering to come to you.

Jesus’ answer is astounding…First, He doesn’t deny that this man and his parents are sinners just like everyone else are sinners, just like we all are sinners. However, that’s not the cause of this blindness.

Ultimately we could say that sin is the cause. We live in a sinful world that is cursed because of the fall in the Garden of Eden, sickness, disease, birth defects, and blindness are a result of sin.

What does Jesus say is the reason for this man to be born blind?

Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.  

When we read this closely we discover that Jesus just didn’t find this blind man but God created this man blind for this day. God created him blind so that Jesus could heal him and receive glory. Jesus says the works of God so when Jesus heals him God heals him. Jesus is God.

So, we must understand that what we see as a disability God sees as specially made. This man had a purpose in life.

I absolutely disagree with some who think that God is not in control of everything. Just because we cannot see a purpose in something like blindness God had a purpose. God created this man exactly like He wanted.
Psalm 139:13–16 (ESV)

13    For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

14    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

       Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.

15    My frame was not hidden from you,

       when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

16    Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

       in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them.

This is the story of how God makes everyone. He knits us together. DNA and chromosomes are woven together exactly as God desires to produce exactly who He desires.

For those who don’t think God does this…
Exodus 4:10–11 (ESV)

10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?

Who makes the deaf? According to God He does. Who makes the blind? God does.

  1. The Lord that Overcomes Blindness

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Notice that Jesus speaking to His disciples includes them in the work He is doing. He says that we must do the work of Him who has sent Me.

God has work for Jesus and His disciples to do. We also see that according to Jesus this work is pressing. There is only so much time to accomplish all God has for Jesus and His disciples to do…
while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

What Jesus is telling His followers here is that while He is with them, seeing that He is the Light of the World, it is daytime…time to work. Many things need to be accomplished before He leaves.

This event is one of the works God had prepared for Jesus to accomplish. This healing had to happen.

We too have jobs to do. God has prepared work for us as well. We must realize that time is short and tasks need done before time runs out.

Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Jesus as the Light of the World can also give light to this blind man. He can and does restore the man’s sight.

  1. The Lord of Restoration

Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

Many have wondered why Jesus did this. Why did He spit and mix it with dirt to make mud and then place this mud on the eyes of the blind man?
Spit from the beginning of God’s Law has been viewed as unclean. It is among the unclean bodily fluids found in Leviticus 15…but that’s man’s spit.
I think what is going on here is Jesus showing these people around Him, especially the Jews that He is different. He is the Son of God, the Light of the World, the One who comes and speaks God’s Words and ushers in the Kingdom.
Do you remember when Jesus touches the leper to heal him?
Matthew 8:1–4 (ESV)

When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”

It was forbidden to touch someone with leprosy because the disease made them unclean. When Jesus touches this man, he doesn’t become unclean but by God’s power makes the disease clean. He overpowers the uncleanness with His touch and the man is restored. Or when the woman with the bodily discharge touches Jesus and immediately power goes out of Him and she is restored.
So, the point is this: what under normal circumstances is unclean such as spit when it comes from our Lord, even spit has healing properties. Jesus can take something unclean and make it clean…like a leper, woman with the issue of blood and even this blind man.
Go and wash in the pool of Siloam or we might know it better as Shiloh. By fath the man does as directed and returns seeing.
This is an amazing account of healing by Jesus. In this healing, God was glorified as our Lord told His disciples.
So, the man born blind could now see because Jesus saw him and healed him. The man’s blindness served God’s greater purposes.
John 10:19–21 (ESV)

19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

Application

While God had a particular purpose in making this man blind from birth and then healing him, He has just as much of a purpose in the lives of all who struggle with sickness, disease and/or physical limitations.

This man was a rare case. Most often blind people are not healed. Almost always people who suffer limitations will not be miraculously healed like this man was.
I want to read a verse of Scripture about a man whom God did not heal. This man prayed and prayed but God did not heal him. God did do something else though. What God did do meant more to Paul than a thousand healings…
2 Corinthians 12:7–10 (ESV)

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

As God’s children most often He doesn’t heal like the man in John’s account but what He does do is just as amazing.
When we are weak then we can mightily rely on God’s power to sustain us. When those who suffer praise God people listen.
God’s Word to you today is My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

When this took place in Paul’s life, he stopped praying to be healed because he discovered that his weakness gave God a special way to show His power like He couldn’t otherwise. So Paul said, I’m ok with this thorn because when I’m weak God is strong.

Declaration of Grace

In the mercy and grace of Almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God and gives to them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

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