The Work of God Displayed ( by Carley Evans )

Jesus comes upon a man blind from birth. He tells His disciples that no, the man is not blind because he sins or because his parents sin. Rather he is blind “so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” (John 9:3, NIV)

Jesus spits on the ground to make a mud, which He places on the man’s eyes. Then He commands him to wash in the Pool of Siloam. The blind man obeys; he is healed, goes home seeing. His neighbors and other people say he’s the same man they’ve seen begging, but some say no, he just looks like that man. The man says, “I am the man.” (John 9:9) People want to know how he can see when he’s been blind his whole life. The man tells them about Jesus.

People take the man to the Pharisees, who demand to know how his eyes were opened. He tells them. Some of the Pharisees call Jesus a sinner, because He does not keep the Sabbath. They challenge the man, asking, “What do you say about Him? It is your eyes He opened.” (John 9:17) The man says, “He is a prophet.” (John 9:17)

The Pharisees doubt the man was actually born blind, so they send for his parents. “How is it that now he can see?” they ask. (John 9:18) Needless to say, his parents are terrified. They acknowledge the man is their son, and that he was born blind, but they deny knowing how he received his sight. They cop out. “He is of age; ask him.” (John 9:23)

The Pharisees demand the man “give glory to God.” Referring to Jesus, they spout, “We know this man is a sinner.” (John 9:24) The man says he doesn’t know if Jesus is a sinner or not; he only knows he was blind and now he sees. The Pharisees want to hear his story again. The man almost laughs, “Why? Do you want to become His disciples, too?” (John 9:27) In rage, the Pharisees boldly state they are “disciples of Moses” because they know God spoke to Moses.

Now the man challenges the Pharisees. He challenges their logic. “Nobody ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man is not from God, He could do nothing.” (John 9:32) The Pharisees insult the man in a fit of great anger and frustration; they then throw him out.

Jesus finds the man. “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (John 9:35) The man wants to know who the Son of Man is so he can believe in Him. Jesus tells him, “You have now seen Him; in fact, He is the one speaking with you.” (John 9:37) The man acknowledges his belief; and he worships Jesus.

Jesus says, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” (John 9:39)

The Pharisees, who hear, protest. “What? Are we blind too?” (John 9:40)

Jesus responds, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” (John 9:41)

The disciples suspect the man is blind due to sin; the man’s neighbors and other people in his community think he might be an imposter of the man born blind; the Pharisees claim Jesus is a sinner because He heals on the Sabbath; the man born blind realizes Jesus must be from God because God only works through people who “do His will.” (John 9:31)

Jesus displays God. He shows mercy in the healing of the man born blind. He condemns the Pharisees who claim they are not blind when they obviously can not see the Truth standing right in front of their eyes.

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15 thoughts on “The Work of God Displayed ( by Carley Evans )

  1. This is one of the miracles of Jesus that really speaks to me. My heart goes out to the man who was blind from birth, and how he withstood the scorn of the Pharisees after he was healed, and I applaud how he responded to them …”Why, herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes”… and.. “since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of the one that was born blind… if this man were not of God, he could do nothing”. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on one of my favorite miracles performed by Jesus.

  2. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Lilies Sparrows and Grass.

  3. A proper translation of John 9:35 reads “Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

    • lambskinny says:

      Yes, that’s absolutely true. However, it does imply that Jesus made a point to find the man He healed. God searches for us. He desires us. He wants to save us. The blind are blind because they refuse to admit to their condition — therefore, says the Lord, their guilt remains.

      Oh turn, sinner, says Jesus and believe in Me.

      Thanks Eugene. God bless.

    • lambskinny says:

      Eugene, it occurs to me that perhaps your concern is that I used the NIV “Son of Man” rather than the KJV “Son of God.” Rest assured Jesus is the SON of GOD, Christ, the One and Only, the Messiah. Thanks again. Carley

      • Hello again Carley,

        There are other versions other than the NIV that use “man” instead of “God” in John 9:35. From what I read on your other posts I was fairly confident that you believe Jesus is the Son of God and the Christ but I just don’t like any translation that changes John 9:35,36. It doesn’t fit John’s theme presented througout his entire letter at all. His gospel reflects the truth of Jesus being God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14).

        For the most part I really enjoyed reading your post, but like I said, I don’t agree with any translation that changes the true meaning of John 9:35,36. After all, what the did healed man do to Jesus after the short conversation about who Jesus really was? He worshipped Jesus without being corrected by Jesus at all and that type of reaction is reserved for God.

        Thanks for the reply and have a great day.

    • lambskinny says:

      Hey again, Eugene.

      I appreciate your readership; thanks.

      I admit I’m a little confused at how the meaning of John 9:35 is changed in the NIV as compared to the KJV.

      The KJV reads: “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?”

      The NIV reads: “Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

      The Wycliffe Bible reads, “Jesus heard, that they had put him out [Jesus heard, for they had cast him out]; and when he had found him, he said to him, Believest thou in the Son of God?”

      The Holman Christian Bible reads, “When Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, He found him and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”[a]

      Footnotes:

      John 9:35 Other mss read the Son of God”

      So, is the problem Jesus designating Himself as the Son of Man? The Son of Man is the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God. Hence my confusion.

      Thanks much, Carley

      • Nah, I have no problem with the references to Jesus as “the Son of Man” because I understand (as obviously you do too) the meaning that it has scripturally speaking.

        Like I said, when a person takes into account John’s theme throughout his entire letter from verse 1 of chapter 1 to Thomas’ confession at the end and everywhere in between the true and proper translation of John 9:35,36 (“Son of God”) does much more in the way of revealing Jesus’ Deity in the word of God in a way that the new or even average reader can understand clearly…which is something that so many love to deny.

        If you ever have an indepth conversation with someone who deny’s the Sonship and Deity of Jesus you will better understand why I say what I say.

        Have a great day/night (depending on when you read this) Carley.

    • lambskinny says:

      So, Eugene if I understand you correctly you are indicating that the NIV and others that use “Son of Man” confuse readers who are not sure Jesus IS the Son of God…

      Am I close?

      😉
      PS I had a wonderful evening; and now face a glorious day. Thanks!

      • I would basically say you are close and yes at the same time 🙂

        I don’t mind Jesus being called the “Son of Man” at all as He is many, many times throughout the gospels and even in John’s for that matter…Jesus did refer to Himself as the Son of Man much, much more than one ocassion.

        My point was/is that John’s gospel is about the plainly seen Diety of Jesus and there are many people out there who have no problem calling Jesus the “son of man” but they refuse to call Him the “Son of God” because they deny His Diety and that’s why I said what I said about John 9:35,36. To change “Son of God” to “Son of Man” takes away some plain spoken scriptures that help people to understand the true spiritual nature of Jesus.

        It’s not that Jesus just came from God (John 9:33), He was God (John 9:35,36) and I believe the immediate mention of the worship the man offered unto Jesus shows this. The conversation continues into John 10 where Jesus presents Himself as the true Shepherd of God’s people (which is the Almighty Lord in Psalm 23).

        I hope this helps explain why I said what I said a little better. ttfn!

    • lambskinny says:

      Indeed, it does. Thanks so much, Eugene. Gotcha! Carley

  4. mtsweat says:

    If we but have eyes to see and ears to hear… great message Carley.

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