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Doubting Jesus Power      John 9:8-11,13-17, 35-41      Nov. 10, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                     HCSB

Introduction

About 25 years ago I was reading in a Theology book and got stunned by the thought no one in the New

Testament healed the blind but Jesus. It further implied this healing was reserved for the Messiah. At first I rejected that thought but today think it is correct. While in Jerusalem on a Bible Lands Tour asking a knowledgeable shop owner if he knew the Messiah was going to heal blind people. He said yes and quoted the Old Testament reference. He was surprised when said Jesus was the only one in the New Testament who healed blind people. If it is ever my privilege to go back I am going to look that man up to see if he still has the business and see if he is still has that view about Jesus or hopefully he no longer is Doubting Jesus Power.


 

1.   Doubting Jesus’ Power Initiates . . Discussion. 9:8-11

       A.   Discussion About The . . Person Called the Blind Man. 9: 8-9

8 His neighbors and those who formerly had seen him as a beggar said, "Isn't this the man who sat begging?"

       9 Some said, "He's the one." "No," others were saying, "but he looks like him." He kept saying, "I'm the

       one!"

 

       B.   Discussion About The . . Proof Offered by the Blind Man. 9: 10-11

       10 Therefore they asked him, "Then how were your eyes opened?"

       11 He answered, "The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and told me, 'Go to Siloam and

       wash.' So when I went and washed I received my sight."


       Who healed this man? Jesus the one who is the Son of Man. It was obvious that this man was a new person with sight for the first time in his life. The Pharisees discussed this man, called the blind man, debating if he were really the man born blind. This man gave proof by simply demonstrating sight just like all of them possessed. He proudly told them how Jesus provide his healing.

 

2.   Doubting Jesus’ Power Initiates . . Debate 9:13-17

       A.   Debate About Healing and the . . Sabbath. 9: 13-14

      13 They brought the man who used to be blind to the Pharisees.

       14 The day that Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes was a Sabbath.

 

       B.   Debate About Healing and the . . Son of Man.. 9: 15-17

15 So again the Pharisees asked him how he received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," he told them. "I

       washed and I can see."

       16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for He doesn't keep the Sabbath!" But

       others were saying, "How can a sinful man perform such signs?" And there was a division among them.

       17 Again they asked the blind man, "What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?" "He's a

       prophet," he said.


       You know it seems the Lord delighted in healing on the Sabbath. Jesus was more concerned about this man’s need than He was about some man made rules about the Sabbath. Jesus was demonstrating the fulfilment of prophecy and they cared more about the extended applications of man made rules concerning the Sabbath.

They talked to the Son of Man and did not recognize Him. At this time the former blind man did not know fully who He was so he called him a prophet. Some of the Pharisees reasoned correctly as they said how could this man perform such signs if He were just a common sinner?


 

 

3.   Doubting Jesus’ Power Initiates . . Discovery. 9:35-41

       A.   Discovery About the . . Son Of Man. 9: 35-38

       35   When Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, He found him and asked, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

       36 "Who is He, Sir, that I may believe in Him?" he asked.

       37 Jesus answered, "You have seen Him; in fact, He is the One speaking with you."

       38 "I believe, Lord!" he said, and he worshiped Him.

 

       B.   Discovery About . . Spiritual Blindness. 9: 39-41

       39 Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those

       who do see will become blind."

       40 Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and asked Him, "We aren't blind too, are

        we?"

       41 "If you were blind," Jesus told them, "you wouldn't have sin. But now that you say, 'We see' — your sin

        remains.


       Jesus made a special effort to make sure this man knew He was the Messiah, and as He told the former blind man who He was and he said, “ "I believe, Lord!" and he worshiped Him. I would have loved to have been there and seen that sight. No doubt it was a time of worship and praise. A further discovery took place as Jesus likened spiritual ignorance to blindness and these people recognized He was calling them blind. Some people sin out of ignorance (blindness) and they change completely as their eyes are opened to spiritual truth. I am witnessing to a man who tells me he is not ready but I think he has not allowed the Lord to open his eyes so he can really see spiritual truth. Ignorance is causing him to be one Doubting Jesus Power! Amen? Amen!