Bonnie - I believe there is a lesson here for us to do the good works of God before our time runs out. God has a plan for us and we should not procrastinate because we could be called away at any time. HEALING displays the works of God in John 9:3, and SUSTAINING GRACE displays the works of God in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 with Paul and the thorn. For when I am weak, then I am strong, per Paul. Both were God's plan in the beginning.
Tim - John 9.1 He was blind from birth. So, what can't he see?
· color · shapes · trees · people's faces including their expressions
· How do you describe sight to the blind???
John 9.16 He is not from God.
So, what can't they see?
· How do you describe blindness to the sighted?
What would you love to be able to see?
Dennis - John 9 is one of my favorites. I'm amazed at how certain groups ignore the facts. Greatest fact of all, the tomb is empty. That changes everything. I want to see clearly.
blessings to all
Joshua - I am curious about verse 31: "We know that God doesn't listen to sinners," spoken by the healed man in context where everyone assumed that the man was born in sin. I wonder how many times this man was told he was blind because he was a sinner. How many times was he told that God wouldn't listen to him because he was a sinner.
Tim - Concerning Joshua's thoughts - one of the many surprises to me in my ministry is hearing how many people were told they are worthless by their parents. I'm working with a woman right now who is stilled scarred by her classmates telling her she was worthless and didn't know anything. It seems our human side naturally looks at the bad side of people: failures and struggles. Oh to see people as God sees people.
Thanks Joshua. Interesting insight.
Floyd – When I look at verses 4 and 5 I know the "I " refers to Jesus as long as he is in the world, but can we change the"I" to "we" ? We are his disciples still in the world to be the lights in the world. and we must do his work while we can.
Penny - Open my eyes and let me see!
Rodney – I wonder how many on earth today have to see Jesus or they don’t believe. Isn’t that what having faith is all about. I believe because I have heard the Good News. I don’t have to put my hand in His palm to feel the nail prints. I just believe that He died for my sins. Praise God!!
Megan – I like the thought process that Jesus talks about at the beginning of the chapter. Instead of thinking that our problems and hardships in life are due to our sin or something God inflicted on us we can instead think "How can this be used to glorify God". It might be that God can cure or solve that hardship to show His glory or it might mean He shows His glory despite the hardship.
Renee – John 9:3 ...”This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” This refers to the man who was born blind whom Jesus healed. In our fallen world so much pain and heartache is all around us...and sometimes inside us. This scripture gives us hope and assurance that the power of God can and will be seen through these trials.
May God be glorified!!
John – “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.””
John 9:5 with the problems I have had with my vision over the last five years this chapter of John has been "eye opening". Through all the treatments and surgeries my prayer used to be that I would have better vision. Lately my prayers are for God to "open the eyes of my heart" and for me to "see like Him". We assume that "the works of God should be revealed in him" by the healing of his blindness, but wasn't it also revealed in his faithfulness of obedience to Jesus while still blind? Even if our physical blindness is not always healed, Jesus is our light that helps us to see spiritually.
Steve – In Verse 1- The disciples asked whether the blind man or his parent had sinned because he was blind. The thought that his blindness was considered punishment is interesting to me. How often have we or heard others say, "What have I done to deserve this" when unfortunate things happen.
Believe God can do amazing things, and understand bumps in the road are a test of faith.
Melissa - I love the response of the formerly blind man when the Pharisees question him a second time. I like that it is full of sarcasm, it reminds me of how I would probably answer them too. But I also love the wisdom he has. It shows that Jesus not only opened his eyes but his heart also. I pray that I may have the courage and wisdom of this man when facing opposition to Christ.
Tom - Again the Pharisees are spiritually blind. They are so blinded by their nit picking rules, they can’t see the beauty in healing someone regardless of the day of the week. The Pharisees are angry with Jesus for violating their rules, for claiming God as his father and making himself equal to God. The Pharisees even claimed that Jesus was not from God beause he wouldn’t honor the Sabbath as they had been taught.
The man Jesus healed once he met Jesus claimed to believe in him. Jesus told the man he had come into the world so the blind (you and me) will see and that those who see (those who follow precepts and not principles) will be blind.