What A Blind Man Saw
The ninth chapter of John presents a very powerful contrast between true and false ideas about some fundamental
aspects of religions. The blind man saw that:
1. Jesus must have been from God. John 9:30-33 says, "(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." Here we see the blind man says that Christ must be from God or he could do nothing.
2. That religious "authorities" are not THE authority. John 9:24-25 says, "(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. (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." The blind man
recognized that the Pharisees, who were trying to pressure the man into calling Jesus a sinner, were not the authority he
3. The traditions of men are sometimes, unfortunately, more influential than God's doctrine. In John
9:13-16, it say, "(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. (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." The Pharisees tried turning Christ's miracle into an
accusation of wrongdoing under Moses' law, which is no longer used.
4. There can be negative consequences when we stand up for the truth. John 9: 22-23, 34 says, "(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. (23) Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask
him (34) They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast
him out." The man wouldn't speak against Jesus and was cast out of town for his actions.
5. There are worse consequences to be faced when we fail to stand for the truth. John 9: 40-41 says,
"(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."
The Pharisees didn't stand for the truth and their sins remained because of it. And because their sins remained, they
were in danger of hell.
6. We are responsible for our actions. "(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." (John 9:20-21) The blind man had to speak for himself.
7. Pride is a very dangerous attitude. John 9:39 says, "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." We should be humble and spiritually
"see" Christ. The Pharisees eyes told them that Christ was Christ but their pride said he wasn't.
8. A person better be careful what they stand for because, if not careful, they might blind themselves to
the truth. John 9:40 says, "And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are
we blind also?" The Pharisees were standing on the wrong side (claiming Jesus wasn't the Lord) and were spiritually
9. The way some people look at religion hardens their hearts against the very thing God wants. John
9:17 says, "They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is
a prophet." The Pharisees hearts were hardened and couldn't see the truth.
10. Humility gives sight to the blind. In John 9:35-39, it says, "(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? (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. (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." Christ came to give people
spiritual sight. They achieve this sight through humility.
We learn many lessons from the blind man. They are all lessons that we should take to heart and try to incorporate
into our lives.