12-18-2018 Walking In Truth Devotional Update By Guy Roberson

Walking In Truth Devotional Update

Jesus Healed a Man Born Blind

John 9:1-41

Guy Roberson

Observing a man blind from birth the disciples asked Jesus, ““Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  This question was based on the false concept of that day that affliction was the result of some sin committed by the person.  Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned” but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Jesus 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” (this word means “Sent”). So, the man went and washed, and went home seeing.

When the blind man was asked how his eyes had been opened he told them that the man they call Jesus had healed him.  The Pharisees decided to investigate the healing and so the healed man was taken to them.  Unable to criticize a clear example of the power of Christ they accused Jesus of not keeping the Sabbath (because He healed on the Sabbath). Others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?”  So, they were divided.  When the spiritually blind Pharisee asked the healed man, “What have you to say about him? He replied, “He is a prophet.” Then the Pharisees sent for the man’s parents and asked them who opened his eyes and they replied, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.”  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.

They then called for the blind man again and told him to give glory to God by telling the truth as if the man had lied about his being healed.  Again, they accused Jesus of being a sinner.  The man replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. 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!  We know 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. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 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.

Jesus having heard that the religious leaders had thrown him out, found him and the man became a disciple of Jesus and worshiped Him.  Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”  Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

The religious leaders were unable to give an answer to the man’s sound reasoning and were greatly provoked as all who are unable to answer those who speak truth. Jesus had come into the world for judgment, that the blind would see and that the sighted might become blind.  The difference was based on the desire to do God’s will.  The physically blind often want a clearer vision of God and want to do God’s will. Those spiritually blind see themselves as righteous and not really needing God.  If those religious leaders had sensed a lack within themselves respecting their relationship to God, they could have come to see their error and could have been blessed by Jesus, the Son of God.  Refusing to recognize their spiritual blindness they could not be made free from their sin, because they deliberately chose to continue in unbelief.

May I ask, have we been healed by Jesus so we can see clearly and serve the true and living God?

 

By Guy Roberson

 

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