November 11, 2020 – Wednesday
John 9:35-41 NIV
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.”
The verses above conclude chapter nine and occur right after the formerly blind man has been thrown out of the synagogue. The leaders did not like his answers when they questioned him, so they threw him out. Jesus found him while Pharisees were still hanging around. Jesus asked the man a simple straight forward question, Do you believe in the Son of Man? Recall Jesus met this man’s physical need (his blindness) initially, then permitted him to face persecution within his own community, and only then asks him if he believes in the Son of Man.
Pett tells us, The nature of Jesus’ question to him reflected current ideas and beliefs about the heavenly Son of Man; a figure who comes from God and would one day receive from God glory, dominion and power and participate in the judgment. So Jesus expected him to understand. Thus the man understood the question Jesus was putting to him. Understanding the question, he asks Jesus, Who is he, sir? Tell me so that I may believe in Him. Somehow it appears he recognized Jesus as the one who gave him sight and as a result trusted him as a God sent healer and teacher who would tell him the truth. He was ready to believe, Tell me so that I may believe in Him.
Then Jesus replied, revealing Himself, You have now seen Him; in fact, He is the one speaking with you. He made it clear the Son of Man was there in front of him, someone he could see with his new sight. As a result the man said, Lord, I believe and then he worshipped Him. The man who had been thrown out of the synagogue, a house of worship, and he ends up worshipping Jesus likely falling to his face before Jesus. This man who had been blind from birth when he was given physical sight was also given spiritual sight.
Knowing the Pharisees were watching and listening, makes the following strong statement, For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind. The Pharisees could not let this stand and asked in their arrogance, What? Are we blind too? They must have been stunned by Jesus’ reply because His reply ends the chapter. His reply, If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. Of course, here Jesus is not speaking of physical sight or blindness, but spiritual sight and blindness. Jesus has just stated those who admit their spiritual blindness (sin) can find spiritual sight (salvation) in Jesus. At the same time whose who think they see clearly – both physically and spiritually – are making themselves blind via their own self-righteousness. Nothing blinds us to our sin more than our pride and arrogance thinking we know better than God what is sin and what is not sin.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Help me to hold my pride, arrogance, and self-righteousness in check knowing You and You alone can tell me what is and is not sin. Let your Son be my guiding light in the choices I make. Let the Holy Spirit guide me daily along a path lit with the truths Jesus has revealed to us. – In Jesus name. Amen.