May. 09, 2021
Eyewitness Good News
Blind But Now I See
John 9:1–22, 24–30, 33–34
a. God is so apparent and so present in our lives that we often ___________ Him.
b. We want God to do something ___________ and miraculous.
2. John’s Journey
a. John had a ___________/goal for writing the Gospel of John.
“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31
b. John records seven ___________ which convinced John that Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah, and Savior.
i. Jesus turns ___________ into wine at a wedding. (Cana)
ii. Jesus heals a Roman official’s son without ever ___________ him. (Cana)
iii. Jesus heals on the ___________. (Jerusalem)
iv. Feeding of the ___________ + (Tabgha)
3. The Fifth Sign: Healing Of A Blind Man (Siloam)
As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.
a. Jesus taught that pain could have a ___________.
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.”
b. Jesus implies his identity will never be more obvious than it is now. The light of the world will never be ___________ than it is now.
When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed…
c. Spittle was seen as unclean yet thought to have ___________ properties.
d. The blind man literally walked by faith and not by sight—He chose to ___________ someone he could not see based on rumors he had only heard.
Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.” They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.
e. Jesus does it again…healing on the ___________.
Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.”
f. Jesus didn’t fit their ___________ of religion…he was clearly outside their god box.
But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.” The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.
g. The Jews had already made up their minds. There wasn’t room in their worldview or theology for what had happened right before their ___________.
h. The religious leaders were blinded by their presuppositions and assumptions.
So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.”
i. We don’t have to understand everything to believe in ___________.
j. However, we want to understand ___________ before we believe in anything.
He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
k. The story is the same for most ___________ of Jesus. We can’t explain it and we don’t understand it all, but I know I was at the end of myself, and the Holy Spirit found me, changed me and I have never been the same!
They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
l. The Jews (religious leaders) were looking for reasons ___________ to believe.
He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.
m. The man is implying that this should be obvious…only God could do this. How much more ___________ do you need? Come on guys, just open your eyes and see.
If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.
n. They got to the point where they just told the man, he deserved to be born blind and then threw him out of the synagogue.
i. They ___________ willful blindness. (Francis Collins)
ii. They refused to look at the ___________ Jesus provided.
a. Have you limited god to a box? If so, you’ll be tempted not to look at anything that doesn’t fit in that box.
i. Perhaps God is bigger than you ___________ He was.
ii. Perhaps God is bigger than you were ___________ He was.
b. The Lord’s Creation of sight to the blind man is an example of God’s Salvation.
i. Jesus ___________ the miracle: The blind man did not seek Jesus; Jesus came to Him.
ii. Jesus did not restore the blind man’s sight but ___________ sight for him.
iii. The miracle included an anointing and a ___________ by Jesus.
iv. The miracle included a command and an ___________ response.
c. This story is especially valuable for ___________ and every reader living in the generations following John’s eyewitness account.
i. Jesus’ words prompt the man to go, even before he has received his sight, and for much of the remaining chapter after he receives his sight, to bear witness to a Jesus whom he has never ___________.
ii. We too must bear witness to a Jesus whom we have never seen apart from the eyes of ___________.