The Healing of a Blind Man

The Feast of Dedication was a joyous festival in commemoration of the restoration of the altar and
purification of the Temple by Judas Maccabeus, six and half years after its defilement by Antiochus
Epiphanes. During the Feast, the Hallel was chanted, both in the Temple and in the private homes in all
parts of the Land. It was time that brought anew the aspiration of the Messianic hope. During this time,
Christ demonstrates He is the Savior.

The Miracle of Salvation (John 9:1-41). This miracle shows that Jesus is the Light of the World and
demonstrates salvation. The man has the characteristics of the lost sinner:

1. He was blind. Even the intellectual like Nicodemus, can never see or understand spiritual things
(Ephesians 4:18: John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6).
2. He was begging. He is poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3).
3. He was helpless. He could not cure himself; others could not cure him.

The cure shows how Christ saves a sinner:

1. He came to the man in grace. While the disciples argued about the cause of his blindness, Jesus
did something about it.
2. He irritated the man. The dirt in his eyes encouraged him to go wash. It is just so with the
preaching of the Word—it irritates the sinners with conviction so they want to do something about
it.
3. He cured the man by His power. The man proved his faith in Christ by being obedient to the
Word.
4. The cure glorified God. All true conversions are for God’s glory alone.

The cure was noticed by others. His parents and neighbors saw a change in his life. So it is when a
person is born again—others see the difference it makes (2 Corinthians 5:17).

The religious leaders had let it be known that anyone who confessed Christ would be cast out of the
synagogue. This of course, meant losing friends and family and all the benefits of the Jewish religion. It
would have been easy to hide his confession and avoid controversy, but the healed man fearlessly stood
his ground. He knew what a difference Christ made in his life, and he could not deny it. The Jews cast
him out, but Christ took him in! Like Paul this man “lost his religion” but found salvation and went to
heaven.

Notice how this man grew in the knowledge and grace of Christ:

1. A MAN CALLED JESUS was all he knew when Christ healed him (John 9:11).
2. A PROPHET is what the man called Him when the Pharisees questioned him (9:17).
3. A MAN FROM GOD is what he concluded Jesus to be (9:31-33).
4. THE SON OF MAN was his final and complete confession of faith (9:35-38; cf. John 20:30-31).

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