John Lesson 13 Day 5
12. Jesus went looking for the formerly blind man.
When Jesus heard the religious leaders threw the healed man out of the temple, he searched for him. Jesus is a Good Shepherd who went looking for this lost sheep who was nearly devoured by wolves.
13. a. When Jesus found him
When Jesus found him, he asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” Jesus called himself by this name which comes from Daniel 7:13-14. Daniel’s vision revealed the Messiah, the promised deliverer. (Some manuscripts have “Son of God” instead of “Son of Man.” Both terms point to God’s Messiah, the One who should be believed and trusted. EnduringWord.com)
Even though the man didn’t fully understand, he wanted to believe.
Commentator Adam Clarke makes the following observation about this encounter:
“It is very likely that the blind man did not know that it was Jesus the Christ who now spoke to him; for it is evident he had never seen him before this time; and he might now see him without knowing that he was the person by whom he was cured, till our Lord made that discovery of himself…”
John 9:37-38 NLT
“You have seen him, ” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”
“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.
b. “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
He confessed with his mouth, “I believe” and he worshiped Jesus.
“The question ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ is a summons to commitment. The Greek pronoun su (‘you’) used with the verb makes the inquiry doubly emphatic. It demanded a personal decision in the face of opposition or rejection.” (Tenney)
I love the passion conveyed in the Syriac translation of “he worshiped Him”—
“and, casting himself down, he adored him.”
Now, this man’s spiritual eyes are also open.
One day “…all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11 MSG
c. Personal declarations
“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried. The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The church as the body of Christ, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.”
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit I adore You. I lay my life before You. You are my everything. Oh how I love You.
14. John 9:39, 41
The man who was born blind could not read, yet now his physical and spiritual eyes are open and he has faith that Jesus is the Son of God.
“If the Pharisees would admit their spiritual blindness, they could be forgiven and set free—but because they say “we see,” their sin remains.” Guzik
The Pharisees had become blind law enforcement officers.
“…Jesus attracted the needy and repelled the self-satisfied, and was therefore a continuous judgment. Those conscious of their deficiencies and ready to ask for light received it (verses 36-38), while those satisfied with their own opinion became daily more blinded by their bigotry.” Andrew Wommack Living Commentary
“If (they, the Pharisees) were conscious of (their) spiritual darkness, and sought light, (they) would either find it or not be blamed for their failure to do so. They could see if they would, and were responsible for their blindness.” J.W. McGarvey
Isaiah 6:8-10 NKJV
God spoke this to Isaiah—
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
And He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
“Make the heart of this people dull,
And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart, And return and be healed.”
Although the Pharisees knew the scriptures about the Messiah, their spiritual eyes were blind to the truth.
15. Learning about God
I am truly blessed that both of my grandmothers and my parents loved and walked with God.
They taught me through words and by example. I came to know the Lord for myself from a very early age. My spiritual eyes were opened not only to know the truth but also to see visions and my ears to hear and know His voice.
Someone said, “The Bible is the only book where the author is right there with you.” That’s how I experience His Word.
I realize how many details I’ve missed in Jesus’ encounter with the man born blind. What a wonderful Savior we have!
Father, may I worship you with even greater passion and adoration than the man whose physical eyes you opened. You have done great things for me also. Bless You Holy Name. Amen
My answers to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 13 Day 5