The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
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.”
I like this chapter in the book of the Gospel of John because when Jesus heals it is done. When he hung on the cross He promised that the work He began He completed and we continue to build His church by overcoming the evil one through the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
The Pharisees accused him, the evil one is the accuser, of not coming from God because He broke the commands but He was the fullfillment of the Law through God who sends His Word forth to perform what He said and it does not return to Him void. He, Jesus, had been promised since Eve was tricked by the serpent and all of old testament prophecy speaks of redemption through one man who God would send as the Messiah.
But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.
17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”
The man replied, “He is a prophet.”
When the Lord does something miraculous in your life, do not forget. Pharisees told the man he wasn’t born blind after He answered them boldly confessing Jesus was the man who healed him by the power of God.
I confess I was once an enemy of God. To love this world and abide in the darkness is death and enmity between man and God. Jesus came to shine His Light into our darkness through the perfect life that was sinless because He was born of the Holy Spirit yet conceived in the womb.
18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”
20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
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.” The man who was healed was a sinner. The beautiful paradox of their statement was that they stood in the very presence of God, apart from the synagogue and they accused Him of not telling the Truth but the one who is Truth, whose presence they stood before, can only tell the Truth.
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!”
26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”
28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. – Jesus
30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 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,[g] “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.