Today’s passage: John 9:1-17
- After Jesus clearly declared His Divine identity and was rejected by man, God had a divinely arranged appointment ready for Him to give further evidence and to communicate an important truth.
- Again, it was not against the Law to make a little mud or to heal a man on the Sabbath. It was against the additional rules the religious leaders had devised.
- In this passage, there is one man who was born blind but now could see and there are several men who continued in their blindness (Spiritual blindness).
- The light of the world was right in front of them! They were in the daylight, yet they continued to walk in darkness.
Questions to consider:
- Why was this man born blind? What purpose did it serve? How can this help us to view the suffering of others differently? How could this help us to view our own suffering differently? We certainly can suffer because of our own sinful choices (Not all suffering is innocent), but what will our perspective be in eternity, looking back at any suffering we endured for the glory of God?
- What did the man born physically blind need to gain his sight? What does a sinner born spiritually blind need to gain his/her sight? (Colossians 1:13, Acts 26:16-18)
- What did the blindness of the Jewish religious leaders cause them to say concerning Jesus? How did it cause them to tamper with and elevate in importance their additions to the Law of God? How might spiritual blindness cause people in a pluralistic naturalistic age (Our own) to respond to the message of the gospel? Why doesn’t this change our message?