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Book of John
Chapter 9

The Gospel of John for Youth
Commentary by Pastor Ron Beckham

John Chapter 9

(Words in red in the Scriptures are the words of Jesus)

Verse 1. "As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth." 

This man was BLIND and had been blind, all his life! In those days, there were no doctors who could help him. All he could ever be was a beggar (verse 8), sitting at the side of the road. The man had no hope - but now, Jesus was at his side. 

Verse 2. "And His disciples asked Him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?'"

 Jesus' disciples (students) thought that if someone was sick or blind, they must have done something bad - or maybe, they thought, it was his parents who had done something wrong. 

Verse 3. "Jesus answered, 'It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.'" 

It was not because the man or his parents had done something wrong that he was blind. He was blind because Jesus was going to heal him, and all of us would see that God helps people who are in need. If something goes wrong with you, it should NOT be assumed there is something "bad" about you. 

Verse 4. "We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work."

When Jesus was here, it was like DAYLIGHT had come to a dark world. He would soon leave this world, but His light shines inside of those who love Him. We must work the good works of God in the lives of other people, as long as we can.

Verse 5. "While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.

If you and I understand ANYTHING, it is because Jesus has allowed us to learn. We can look into the Bible and see His words, which help us understand. His light is shared with us, and we can tell others about Him. Jesus is the Light of this world. 

Verse 6. "When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes." 

There is nothing in spit that heals and the ground does not heal, either. It is the touch of Jesus that heals, and He showed this in the making of these little clay balls. Everyone needs His touch in order to be made whole. 

Verse 7. "and said to him, 'Go wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated Sent). And so he went away and washed, and came back seeing." 

Not everyone has the same needs. Jesus can touch you with healing, without you ever knowing He did! But it's important that we know our healing comes from God. Jesus sent this man to the "pool of Siloam", and when He sends you and me somewhere - we should go, too. 

Verse 8. "Therefore the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, 'Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?'" 

People had seen this man before. He had been blind and in those times, all he could do was sit at the side of the road and beg for money. But now he had been healed by Jesus and he didn't have to be there anymore. People saw him and wondered, "Is this the same man?" Yes, he was. 

Verse 9. "Others were saying, 'This is he;' still others were saying, ' No, but he is like him." He kept saying, 'I am the one.'" 

Some people thought he was the man who had been a blind beggar and others were saying, "It's not him!" How would you like it if people were saying, "You're not you!" to your face. He wasn't blind anymore, and he kept answering, "It's me!" 

Verse 10. "Therefore they were saying to him, 'How then were your eyes opened?'" 

The people were astonished that this man, who had been blind since birth, could now see! They kept asking him, "If you're the guy who was blind and used to sit here begging for money, how come you can see now?" 

Verse 11. "He answered, 'The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, Go to Siloam and wash; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.'" 

The man who was healed of blindness, told them what had happened. "The man named Jesus, made clay out of dirt and spit, put it on my eyes, and told me to go wash myself in the pool of Siloam. I did what he told me to do, and I'm not blind anymore!" We need to do as Jesus tells us. 

Verse 12. "They said to him, 'Where is He?' He said, 'I do not know.'" 

The people were asking the man who had been healed of blindness, "Where is this 'Jesus' who healed you?" they were asking. The man said, "I don't know where Jesus is." 

Verse 13. "They brought to the Pharisees the man who was formerly blind." 

The people were astonished that a blind man had been healed by Jesus. They brought the man to some of the Jewish leaders (called Pharisees), thinking that maybe they could understand how this had happened. 

Verse 14. "Now it was a Sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes." 

Jesus had healed the man of blindness on Saturday. The "Sabbath" was a time of rest, between Friday evening and Saturday evening. The Jewish leaders taught that no work of any kind was to be done during that time, and it is true that God wanted people to REST from their jobs during that time. 

Verse 15. "Again, therefore the Pharisees also were asking him again how he received his sight. And he said to them, 'He applied clay to my eyes, and I washed, and I see.'" 

The man who had been blind was asked the same question, over and over: "How were you healed of your blindness?" And he kept giving the same answer: Jesus put some clay on my eyes; I went to the pool of Siloam just like He told me, and now I can see!" 

Verse 16. "Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying, 'This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.' But others were saying, 'How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?' And there was a division among them." 

The Pharisees (Jewish leaders) were talking about Jesus, and wondering about Him. Some thought He was a fake, because He healed people on the Sabbath (they thought of healing as a form of "work"). Others just looked at what He did, and thought He must be sent from God, or He could not heal people. The Pharisees were arguing with each other. 

Verse 17. "So they said to the blind man again, 'What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?' And he said, 'He is a prophet.'" 

A "prophet" is someone sent by God, to tell us the words of God. The Pharisees (Jewish leaders) directly asked the formerly blind man what HE thought about Jesus. He answered that he thought Jesus was a prophet sent from God. 

Verse 18. "The Jews then did not believe it of him, that he had been blind and had received sight until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight," 

Many of the Pharisees (Jewish leaders) did not believe that the man had ever been blind at all. They believed his healing was a fake - some kind of trick. They now questioned the PARENTS of the man. 

Verse 19. "and questioned them, saying, 'Is this your son, who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?'" 

The religious leaders (Pharisees) were questioning the parents of the man who had been healed of his blindness by Jesus. "Is this REALLY your son? Was he REALLY born blind?" And they asked, "If this is really him, then how is it that he can see now?" 

Verse 20. "His parents answered them and said, 'We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;'"

The parents of the man who had been blind, didn't really know ANYTHING about what had happened to their son. They only knew what they said: He WAS their son, and he had been born blind (he could not see with his eyes all his life). 

Verse 21. "but how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself." 

The parents of the man who had been blind, continued to answer the Pharisees, about their son. They said that they did not know why he could now see, and they did not know who had helped him. They said, "He's a grownup now - ask him!" 

Verse 22. "His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue." 

The parents of the young man who had been blind, were afraid of the men they were speaking to. They knew these religious leaders would throw them out of Jewish worship services (the "synagogue"). It was like being told they couldn't go to "church" anymore. 

Verse 23. "For this reason his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." 

The parents of the man who had been healed of blindness, didn't want to answer the Pharisees (religious leaders) because they were afraid they would be thrown out of the "synagogue" (place of worship). So, they pointed at their son, who could now see, and said "Ask HIM!" 

Verse 24. "So a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, 'Give glory to God; we know that this man is a sinner.'" 

The Pharisees (religious leaders) didn't care that Jesus had healed the man who had been blind. All they cared about was that Jesus ("this man") didn't follow them. They thought that anybody who didn't do things THEIR way, was a "sinner." 

Verse 25. "He then answered, 'Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.'" 

The "Pharisees" were leaders of the people and they were supposed to know about religious things. But Jesus, the One they were accusing of being a "sinner" (verse 24), had given sight to this man's eyes. The man didn't know WHAT to believe, except he knew that, yesterday he was blind, and today he could SEE. 

Verse 26. "They said therefore to him, 'What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?'"

The Pharisees kept demanding answers from the man who had been blind. What did Jesus do to you? How did He do this? HOW did he make you able to see? They needed to stop asking so many questions, and trust in Jesus, who had given SIGHT to this man. 

Verse 27. "He answered them, 'I told you already and you did not listen; why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become His disciples too, do you?'" 

The man who had been healed of blindness was getting angry. The Pharisees (religious leaders) kept asking the same questions over and over again. He sarcastically asked them if they meant to become Jesus' disciples (students)? They didn't and he knew it, but it was fun to ask the question. 

Verse 28. "They reviled him and said, 'You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.'" 

The Pharisees (religious leaders) thought they were followers of Moses. They were not. Moses was a man of faith in God. They did not have faith - they just followed rules. They now accused the man who was healed of blindness of being a disciple (student) of Jesus. ("What a good idea", he must have thought). 

Verse 29. "We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He is from." 

It is true that God spoke to Moses and the Pharisees were right in saying so. They were also right in saying they did not know where Jesus came from. He was from God, and since they did not know God, they did not know where He was from. 

Verse 30. "The man answered and said to them, 'Well here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes.'" 

The man who had been blind was amazed at the religious leaders. He had been HEALED of blindness by Jesus, and yet the leaders, who were supposed to know about God, knew NOTHING about Jesus. This man could SEE, and yet they did not understand. 

Verse 31. "We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him." 

The man who had been blind, continued to answer the Pharisees (religious leaders). They had called Jesus a "sinner" (verse 24), but he knew Jesus was from God, because He had healed Him. It was through Jesus that this man's eyes had been opened. He was blind, but now he could see! 

Verse 32. "Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind." 

These days, doctors can operate on the eyes of the blind and often, they can see! But it was not true in Jesus' day. Someone who was blind had no hope they would ever see - they were blind for life! But not this man. Jesus had "opened" his eyes - the man could now see! 

Verse 33. "If this man were not from God, He could do nothing." 

The man who had been blind, continued to answer the Pharisees (religious leaders). They were telling the man that Jesus was a "sinner" (verse 24) but the man knew he had been blind and now he could SEE! (verse 25). He also knew that Jesus was from God.  Why didn't they understand, he wondered?

Verse 34. "They answered him, 'You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?' So they put him out." 

The Pharisees (religious leaders) thought they were special (they were proud). They thought that if this man had been blind, he must be a "sinner". The man WAS a sinner, but so were the Pharisees (all have sinned in the sight of God, and all of us need Jesus Christ). The Pharisees were wrong but they threw the man out of the Jewish "synagogue" (which was like belonging to a church). 

Verse 35. "Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, 'Do you believe in the Son of Man?'" 

Jesus heard the news that the man who had been healed of blindness had been thrown out of the Jewish religion by the Pharisees (religious leaders). The Lord Jesus went to him and asked him if he believed. The "Son of Man" is Jesus Christ. 

Verse 36. "He answered, 'Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?'" 

The man who had been healed of blindness, answered Jesus: He was willing to believe, but He did not know who this "Son of Man" was, that Jesus spoke about. 

Verse 37. "Jesus said to him, 'You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.

"You have SEEN Him." The man had been blind, unable to see anything, but now he could see Jesus, who was telling him that HE (Jesus) is the "Son of Man".  It is important that you and I believe in the Lord Jesus. 

Verse 38. "And he said, 'Lord, I believe.' And he worshiped Him." 

The man who had been blind, BELIEVED in the Lord Jesus. He now knew that the One who had healed him, was the "Son of Man", the Special One, sent from God to this world. 

Verse 39. "And Jesus said, 'For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.'" 

The Pharisees (religious leaders) thought they could "see" (understand) but they didn't. This man had been blind but now he could see, and he understood that Jesus was his Savior. The man now had EVERYTHING but the Pharisees (who thought they knew things) had NOTHING at all. 

Verse 40. "Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, 'We are not blind too, are we?'" 

The Pharisees who were standing next to Jesus, heard him tell the man that most people really don't "see" (know) ANYTHING! His words worried the Pharisees, who asked Him, "Are we blind?" Yes, they were - We must TRUST in the Lord Jesus, and then we will "see" (understand). 

Verse 41. "Jesus said to them, 'If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, We see, your sin remains.'" 

The "Pharisees" (religious leaders) thought they could "see" (understand) better than other people. They needed to TRUST (have faith) in Jesus Christ. He would have given them the Holy Spirit of God, and THEN they would begin to understand. Those who do not know Jesus, are "sinners" in the sight of God.

Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries

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