John 9 Healing the Man Born Blind
Submitted by Doug Cowan on Fri, 11/14/2014 – 17:00
The account of this healing really begins back in chapter 8 when Jesus says “I am the light of the world” and from that statement on the Jewish leadership and Jesus Christ had quite a dialogue of conflict.
At the end of chapter 8 Jesus says “I tell you the truth before Abraham even existed I am!” And at this they picked up stones to stone him but Jesus slipped away from the temple grounds. So following that event where the Jewish leaders wanted to kill Jesus, Jesus left the temple area and he saw this man who was born blind.
Jesus declared that this man was there so that the work of God might be displayed in his life, and that Jesus might be glorified.
There is great spiritual teaching in this account.
- The question is, “who really is blind?”
- What makes someone blind to spiritual realities?
- And what makes someone able to see?
When Jesus heals this man he uses dirt, just like he did as the creator of Adam. Dirt. Dust.
Jesus told the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. This was the ceremonial cleansing pool that people on their way to worship at the temple would come and be cleansed in, a ceremonial purification. And apparently this blind man was begging for alms near that pool. But since he was blind he would never of been allowed to go up to the temple. Because he would have been disqualified. The lame, the blind, the deformed, were all disqualified.
So when Jesus heals this man the first thing he says is go wash in the pool. The ceremonial cleansing pool.
And let’s see what happens. And when the man came out of the pool he could see! Not only could he see physically, but he was now qualified to go worship up at the temple!
But some other people intervened. They stopped him. They made them go to a religious committee. Some committee had to decide whether this man was healed. And whether he was now qualified to go worship at the temple.
The committee. Pharisees. Not much has changed over the years. This committee of Pharisees didn’t think that his healing was good enough. After quite the afternoon trial, they decide that this formerly blind man was a person “steeped in sin from birth” who couldn’t possibly have been healed by God, or couldn’t possibly understand anything about spiritual matters.
And the committee of Pharisees also decided that the man who had healed him – this Jesus that they hoped would just go away or they would have to kill him – they decided that Jesus was a bad man, because he healed another person on the Sabbath day.
Committees are awesome.
One of the main points of this account is the dialogue between the blind man who can now see, and the Pharisees who can see but they are blind when it comes to Jesus. And Jesus summarizes the whole day by saying to the formerly blind man, “I have come into this world so that the blind will see, and those who see will become blind.”
Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., MFT
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Tehachapi, CA 93561