When Jesus healed the blind man, his neighbours brought him to the religious leaders. The leaders declared that the healer must not be from God because the healing occurred on the Sabbath. Sabbath breakers cannot be from God. The interrogation was on…
1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
6 … he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.
24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”
25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!
31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
John 9:1, 6-8, 13-16, 24-25, 31-41
The blind man keeps it simple: “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
He went on to say that God listens to the godly who do his will – if Jesus wasn’t from God, he couldn’t have healed him. The Pharisees wouldn’t have any of it. They ridiculed the healed man for lecturing them, telling him he was “steeped in sin at birth.” Gee, I thought I was answering your questions…
Jesus met the man again and revealed himself to the man. “Lord, I believe,” he said. It was important for the man to know who his healer was.
The religious leaders couldn’t be healed from their blindness. Unfortunately for them, their blindness was spiritual. They were conceited in their religiosity. As Jesus pointed out, they claimed to be able to see, which resulted in their guilt remaining.
This is a difficult passage for us. We now have the full teaching of Jesus and the Apostles. This should give us a bedrock of truth upon which we can rely. Yet, if we are wooden and rigid in our treatment of Jesus’ words, we can become like Pharisees. What is the answer? Truth is truth. Isn’t it?
It is, yet the truth of the Sabbath was being twisted by the leaders. They would rescue their lamb on the Sabbath if it fell into the well, but Jesus healing a person of an illness was a violation. When we twist truth to suit our own purpose or to have power over others, we become Pharisees. Don’t be blind like that…