TEXT: John 9:13-23
13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 127.
Alexander MacLaren said, “Belief or unbelief is a test of a man’s whole spiritual condition, because it is the whole being, affections, will, conscience, as well as the understanding, which are concerned in it.”
The neighbors of the man born blind don’t know what to make of the sudden, miraculous change in his life. Even more so, they don’t know what to make of this man named Jesus who apparently can heal blindness. So, they take the man to the Pharisees in an effort to get an explanation.
It is here, as if to prepare us for what comes next, that John informs us that it was the Sabbath day when Jesus healed this man. When the formerly blind man comes before the Pharisees, he tells them, very simply, what has happened to him: “[Jesus] put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.” This man has a very simple, linear concept of what has happened to him. He does not waste time trying to understand how the miracle worked or why Jesus did it or even who Jesus is. All he knows is that he was one way a few hours ago, then he met Jesus, and now he is completely changed.
But, the religious leaders don’t see it that way. Their first response is, “This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day.” We have seen this pattern over and over again in the Gospel of John. The religious people overlook the great good that has been done in someone’s life and zero in on a miniscule violation of the law or of their traditions which were not a part of the law. From the Pharisees’ perspective, Jesus had broken three laws by healing the blind man: (1) Jesus made clay. Making clay was work, even the small amount that Jesus made with His saliva. (2) He healed the man and healing was strictly forbidden on the Sabbath. The Jewish tradition stated, “If you find somebody with a broken leg you can keep it from getting worse, but you cannot make it any better.” And, (3) He used spit as medicine. The use of medicine was banned on the Sabbath day, and since saliva was believed to have curative properties, it, too, was banned on the Sabbath day. This is what the majority of the religious leaders are focused on.
Now, there is a minority, probably led by Nicodemus, who recognize the strangeness of this perspective. They ask, “How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?” And, John informs us that “there was a division among them.”
The religious leaders ask a follow-up question of the man: “What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes?” They want to know what this man thinks of Jesus. The man replies, “He is a prophet.” The man, who did not know who Jesus was before this, has decided that He must at least be a prophet, a man used by God. He is growing in his understanding of who Jesus is.
The vastly different perspectives of the religious leaders and the man who was healed is astonishing. They are looking at the same event, yet, one sees it in a simple manner while another sees it as a complicated, convoluted scenario. The same thing happens when people talk about the Gospel today. Some receive it and accept it readily, whereas others claim it is difficult to grasp or they look for ways to undermine it. How can this be?
Well, the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that “the god of this world [the devil] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” God is not trying to make salvation difficult. He wants people to be saved. He has set it up so that we only have to do one thing: believe. But, the devil does not want people to believe, so he works hard to blind people, to confuse them, and to keep them from understanding the Gospel. And he will use anything at his disposal to do that. That is what he was doing to the Pharisees in this passage.
If you have been presented with the Gospel, but have not yet believed in Jesus, you must consider that the devil is blinding you and keeping you back from making a decision for Christ. You might have been thinking that the objections you see to the Gospel are actually yours, but in reality, they are the devil’s way of keeping you from experiencing miraculous life transformation like the blind man of John 9.
Are you ready to overcome your doubts and place your faith in Jesus Christ? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.