by Robert E. Guenther
Continuing our review of the Gospel of John, Chapter 9:26- 34:, the debate on whether or not the rulers should believe that Jesus is indeed the Christ of God even the great I AM. The Lord also heals the blind man.
Vs John 9:26 “Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?” He had already explained to them how the Lord had restored his sight and saw no real advantage to repeating himself again.
Vs John 9:27 “He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?” So he answers their questions with a question of his own. Do you desire to be His disciple?
Vs John 9:28 “Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.” In other words we acknowledge that you are a disciple of Jesus, but we are disciples of Moses.
Vs John 9:29 “We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.” They refused to believe that the Christ of God was Jesus, or that He came from God.
Vs John 9:30 “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.” The fact that he could and did restore the blind mans’ sight was a sign that Jesus is the Christ.
Vs John 9:31 “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” They are arguing that the Lord wouldn’t listen to this blind man because he is a sinner. He needed to be like them to be heard by God. These men were absolutely wrong in their understanding of the blind mans’ faith. He is the true believer in God.
Vs John 9:32 “Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.” The blind man is resting on the true fact that since the Lord heard and answered his prayer to restore his sight that Jesus has to be Gods’ Son.
Vs John 9:33 “If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.” These religious people should have been able to see that the blind mans’ healing was proof that Jesus is the Christ.
Vs John 9:34 “They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.” These religious people would not believe the obvious that Christ was doing the very things to prove to them that Jesus is the Messiah they were supposed to be looking for. The decision to cast the man out of the synagogue is supposed to fix their problem. In reality it proves that they do not believe in the Christ of God. Their actions put them in the position of not having a place in the Lords’ Kingdom. ….to be continued….