Alright my friends, today this journey ends. Our in depth look at the ninth chapter of the Gospel of John that started six months ago and took up five posts. What an adventure it has been, right? This story that we’ve heard so many times and read so many times received new life for me back in October. I hope that the thoughts I’ve shared on this true story have done the same thing for you. But we have one more episode in this chapter.
Right this minute, our young man has been healed, abandoned by his parents, betrayed by his church, and left to his own devices. He was kicked out of church for believing the best of the man who healed him.
What would you be doing? Would you be looking for the man that healed you? Maybe you would just be standing outside the church thinking, “did that really just happen”? Maybe you’d be some place by yourself, having a cry. That’s what I’d probably be doing. But we don’t know what our friend did. The Bible doesn’t tell us. John is not concerned about what the young man did. His concern is with what Jesus did.
When Jesus learned they had thrown him out, he went to find him…vs. 35 (TPT)
I just have to stop here for a second. Hasn’t He done enough? Hasn’t Jesus done more than should be necessary? I mean, he was walking with his friends and saw a man born blind, he preached to His friends about this man, He made some mud, He instructed the man, and He gave the guy back his sight. Jesus has done so many so wonderful things for this young guy. Now he finds out that in standing up for himself and for the stranger who healed him, our young man has been kicked out of church. The Greek can mean to actually hear (word must travel fast in these parts) it can also mean to hear from God. What a better way to read this story! Jesus is going along with His journey when His Father whispers to Him, “our friend is without a home. Without a hope.” That prompts the most beautiful miracle and kindness in this story…Jesus goes to find him.
When Jesus learned they had thrown him out, he went to find him and said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of God?’ The man whose blind eyes were healed answered, ‘Who is he, Master? Tell me so that I can place all my faith in him.’ Jesus replied, ‘You’re looking right at him. He’s speaking with you. It’s me, the one in front of you now.’ Then the man threw himself at his feet and worshipped Jesus and said, ‘Lord, I believe in you!’ And Jesus said, ‘I have come to judge those who think they see and make them blind. And for those who are blind, I have come to make them see.’vs. 35-39
This is the story of a miracle. That’s how it has been classified and you would call it exactly that after a purely surface level reading. But when you dig deep into this chapter…it is full of miracles.
A blind man went outside to sit.
Jesus was walking by.
Jesus noticed the blind man.
Jesus healed the blind man.
The young man born blind stood up for himself and for Jesus against the town, the church, and even his own parents.
Jesus came looking for the young man.
The young man confessed and was saved.
Jesus made him a prime example of sight.
What a story. What a TRUE story!
As excellent and elegant as the story is though…it ends with a warning to us. A warning spoken through words of life.
Some of the Pharisees were standing nearby and overheard these words. They interrupted Jesus and said, You mean to tell us that we are blind?’ Jesus told them, ‘If you would acknowledge your blindness, then your sin would be removed. But now that you claim to see, your sin remains with you!’vs. 40-41
It occurs to me that a different kind of miracle happened for the Pharisees as well. Isn’t it after all miraculous that they never saw the truth? This is a true story about how God wants to free us from our darkness and blindness and how He wants to wrap us in His loving arms. But it ends with a reminder that we have to choose. We have to choose to admit our inability to save ourselves. Otherwise, we’ll never see the light.