Sermon Notes

Jesus Gives us Choices:

Healing Grows Our Faith in Jesus

John 9:35-41

Jesus offers healing of our brokenness. This healing often brings skepticism and persecution from those in our lives. However, healing continually grows our faith in Jesus.

I. Healing of our brokenness grows our faith in Jesus; 9:35-38.

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.

The man evidently recognized the voice of Jesus, for though he knew that Jesus was his healer, until now he had not seen him. The blind man immediately understands that “Son of man”, means “messiah.” He wants to learn who He is, so that he may believe in Him.

Jesus discloses His identity. “You have now seen Him” must have meant a lot to the man who had seen nothing until that day. The man’s instant response is “Lord, I believe.” It doesn’t really matter what the others think about Jesus. He will trust Jesus, whatever the cost. Faith is essentially a personal thing.

His confession of faith and his worship indicate that he no longer lives in "darkness" in any sense. The fact of his regained eyesight is beyond dispute. He now openly embraces Jesus—a commitment to Him as the Messiah of Israel.

The more he learns of Jesus and what He wants, he responds immediately every time. The more we learn of who Jesus is as He heals our brokenness calls for an immediate response as well.

Love for Jesus and what He has done moves us to worship Him as our God. We must work to make worship of Christ a priority in our lives. It reminds us of who our Savior is and what He has done for us, and acknowledges that He is God of our lives.

He did not know fully who Jesus was until he was told. "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Rom. 10:13-15)

II. Healing of our brokenness foreshadows the condemnation of skeptics; 9:39-41.

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.

Jesus says that His coming represents a judgment, for all people are divided according to the way they react to Him.

The Pharisee’s reaction was an incredulous question: "What? Are we blind too?" It never occurs to them that they of all people can possibly be blind. They understand fully the theological point Jesus is making, and they reject it.

The Pharisees doubtless expected Jesus to say that they were blind. Instead He says that blindness would have been an excuse. They were not acting in ignorance. They claim to see. Jesus does not say that they really do see, but that they claim to see. If they really had spiritual sight they would act differently toward Him, yet they are not completely blind.

Those who claim to have spiritual sight apart from Jesus will be shown as the blind people they really are.

At the close we see the natural conclusion: on the one hand a confession of faith, on the other a plain statement of the condemnation of those who have been resisting the light.

The blind man thus becomes a model of every believer who embraces Jesus' lordship and suffers persecution as a result. The Pharisees, by contrast, have come forward to judge both the man and Jesus. But in the end, Jesus judges them.

What do you need to do? How do you need to respond? Faith, baptism, membership…?