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Dave Burnette's Commentary

John Chapter 9 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (85-90 AD)
Overview: Eternal Life is in Jesus-Christ Alone (c 1-21)
Theme:  Message & Ministry of Jesus Christ, The Son of God (c 2-12)
Message: Jesus Heals a Blind Man (v 1-41)

John 9 Commentary

(9:1-12) Jesus Heals the Man Who was Born Blind - All of Jesus’ miracles also pointed to who he was. John follows Jesus’ discourse about being “the light of the world” (8:12; 9:5) with the account of Jesus restoring sight to a man born blind. This story illustrates the spiritual truth of Christ being the Light of the World. As the blind beggar comes to “see” that Jesus is the Messiah, so Jesus offers us spiritual sight to enable us to see him as our Savior and Lord. We too are born spiritually blind and need the gift of sight that only the Light of the World can provide. The Light of the World becomes our light when we put our faith in Jesus Christ.

(9:13-34) Religious Leaders Question the Blind Man - Because the people discovered both a miracle and a mystery surrounding the healing of the blind man, they took him to what they considered the most dependable place for exploring such matters. The Pharisees quickly concluded that whatever else the healer might be, he certainly wasn’t from God, for otherwise he would not work on the Sabbath. In their quest for “truth,” these Pharisees tried a number of explanations to invalidate the miracle: (1) perhaps the blind man had not been blind from birth or had not been totally blind; (2) perhaps God did this miracle directly (but they would recognize no human agent). When the formerly blind man pointed out the obvious answers that they had been so studiously avoiding, they responded by viciously berating him and expelling him from their presence. The astonishing fact of the man’s newly given vision eluded this group as if they were blind. Later Jesus pointed this out as their problem, over their strenuous objections.

(9:35-41) Jesus Teaches About Spiritual Blindness - Unless we have suffered rejection for our faith, we may not be able to identify with the state of this blind man whom Jesus healed. In a single day he went from being a disabled outcast to a celebrity who had miraculously received his sight, then to being a witness in court where he was treated like a criminal, and finally to being outcast again (literally) for simply telling the truth as he clearly saw it. At this point, Jesus intervened again. The man’s understanding of the one who had healed him had already expanded considerably. Here was his chance to really see Jesus.



Dave Burnette's Life Application

How is Your Sight?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of John with Chapter 9. In our text today we see Jesus healing a man that was born blind, Religious leaders question the blind man, and Jesus teaching about Spiritual blindness. In making application we see the parity of sight and blindness as it relates to spiritual sight and spiritual blindness. Today we are either blind or have sight and if we are born again we see the illustration of the truth of the scriptures. The good news is that if we are spiritually blind we can receive sight just as the blind man in our text. How about you? Do you have Spiritual sight? Let us learn from our text today and the illustration of Jesus to see that there is spiritual blindness and if we get saved or born again our eyes will be open and we will be able to receive our spiritual sight to see the things of our Lord-Jesus.


John 9 

John 9

 1And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

 2And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

 3Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

 4I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

 6When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

 7And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

 8The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

 9Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

 10Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

 11He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

 12Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

 13They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

 14And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

 15Then 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.

 16Therefore 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.

 17They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

 18But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

 19And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

 20His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

 21But 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.

 22These 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.

 23Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

 24Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

 25He 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.

 26Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

 27He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

 28Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

 29We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

 30The 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.

 31Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

 32Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

 33If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

 34They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

 35Jesus 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?

 36He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

 37And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

 38And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

 39And 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.

 40And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

 41Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.