The message was brought by Rev. Tim Surber with scripture from John 9:13-38.
This morning we talked about the man who was born blind for the glory of the Lord. He was healed by Jesus. Now we see the religious crowd causing trouble. Aren’t you glad that it’s not religion that saves us; it is by God’s grace. The Sadducees were in charge of the temple and didn’t even believe in the resurrection. Not only do we have to believe that Jesus died but also that he rose from the dead.
The man had opportunity to give testimony of what Jesus had done for him. He had listened to what Jesus told him and in obedience did as he was told. He told the people in answer to their questions. We all have a personal story if we’ve been saved. Every experience we face can be used to lift up Jesus. The religious crowd said it was wrong for him to have done it because it was the Sabbath. Some asked how he could do such a thing if he were a sinner. The man who received his sight said he was a prophet. In fact he was and he fulfilled every prophecy concerning himself.
The religious rulers didn’t believe him. There was division among the people. A choice had to be made. No doubt most everyone had heard what happened and knew that Jesus had helped this man. There is division today. A person is either saved or lost. We’re either on Jesus’ side or against him. There doesn’t have to be division in the church. He is the head. We are the body. We all have a place in it. God doesn’t want discord among the brethren. The time came for choice to each of us.
Not believing the man, they called for his parents. They verified the man was their son and that he was born blind, but told them he was of age and to ask him how he received his sight. They were afraid to speak out for fear of being put out of the temple.
The Pharisees were well educated men and well learned in the scriptures. They should have recognized Jesus for who he was. Instead they looked at their own righteousness and what they did and didn’t do. It’s not about what we do. It’s about what Jesus did for us. We are saved first. Good works follow salvation.
The man had not yet seen Jesus. He had felt his touch and heard his voice. He did not deny what Jesus had done for him. Jesus asked him if he believed on the Son of God. The man said who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. It was just about physical healing. Jesus healed his soul. This man worshipped Jesus as Lord. He is worthy of our praise and worship. There are times we know that we’re in his presence and should bow and worship him. Whatever we face, we are not alone. Our Savior is with us.
13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.15 Then 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.16 Therefore 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.17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.18 But 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.19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:21 But 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.22 These 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.23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.25 He 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.26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?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?28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.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.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.32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.35 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?36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.