THE GOSPEL OF JOHN”
LESSON TWENTY-THREE

     In the last lesson we looked at the man whom Jesus healed, as he went to the temple and the Jewish leaders
questioned him. If you remember, they questioned not only the man, but also his parents. The parents were reluctant
to say anything about Jesus, for fear of the Jews banning them from the temple, the healed man on the other hand,
was very adamant in his statements. His statements were, I was blind but now I see, and one called Jesus placed mud
on my eyes and when I washed the mud off as he told me, I was given my sight. This brings us to our lesson for
tonight.

John 9:26-34
     26. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
     27. He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye
           also be his disciples?
     28. Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
     29. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
     30. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvelous thing that ye know not from whence he is,
           and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
     31. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he
           heareth.
     32. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
     33. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
     34. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast
           him out.

Verse twenty-six
     [A]  Again we find here that they continued to question the man.
             [1]  What did he do to thee?
             [2]  How did he open your eyes
     
     [B]  They would not admit that Jesus had performed a miracle, yet they wanted to know how he did it.

Verse twenty-seven
     [A]  You have to love this man and his boldness before the leader of the Jews.
     [B]  Whereas his parents were fearful of what the Jews would do to them, the healed man was not.         
             [1]  I already told you once what happened
             [2]  Do you really want me to tell you again?
             [3]  Will you become one of his disciples if I tell you?

Verse twenty-eight
     [A]   They continued to harass the man
    
     [B]  They told him that he was a Disciple of Jesus but they were a disciple of Moses
     
     [C]  What is a disciple?
             [1]  A pupil or a follower of a teacher of leader, as in religion or art
             [2] Someone who follows the teaching of another person and adheres to his or her beliefs and doctrines.
    
     [D]  Was this man a disciple of Jesus?
             [1]  I believe that one could say he was, for he certainly believed enough in Jesus to stand up for him and
                     defend who and what he was.  
    
     [E]  The Jews said that they were a disciple of Moses - Were they?
             [1]  The  a certain extent they were, because they followed the law of Moses, at least their interpretation of
                     that law,
             [2]  Other places they said that they were followers of Abraham.
    
     [F]  Who gave the law to Moses?
             [1]   Should God have been the one they followed instead of a man?
             [2]  Is that not why we follow Jesus instead of a man today? After all, if you follow a man instead of following
                     Jesus, he will lead you into the pits of hell. Only Jesus can lead you through the gates of heaven, for he
                     is the door, and the only way to enter in.  

Verse twenty-nine
    [A]  Isn’t the statement that the Jews made like the ones made by many today?

    [B]  Don’t people pick and choose what they want to believe and where they want to believe it is from?

Verses thirty through thirty-three
    [A]  Isn’t the statements of this man wonderful

    [B]  Look at what he said
             [1]  Isn’t it something, that you don’t know where this man from, yet he opened my eyes.
             [2] What he was implying was, here we have the leaders of our people, those who are supposed to know the
                     scriptures, those who are supposed to understand the things of God, yet here is a man who was
                     healed by someone and you don’t know from where the healing come from.
             [3] Then he goes on to say
                     [a]  We know that God does not listen to sinners
                     [b]  Basically he realized what we know as well, all healing comes from God.                         
                     [c]  Here we have a man who healed me, and you  claim he is a sinner
                     [d]  If he were not from God, he could not have done what he did for never before did anyone open the
                             eyes of one who was born blind, yet this man did

Verse thirty-four
     [A]  Don’t you like their answer
    
     [B]  Here they are, the learned, and those who are supposed to teach others, and here is an unlearned man, one
             who has been blind all his life, telling them what’s what.         
    
     [C] They were threatened by him, therefore their anger came our and they rebuked him, and cast him out of the
             temple.
     [D]  To the man who had received his sight, I would imagine that his being able to see was far more important to
             him than being allowed to come to the temple. Possibly and most likely, through his encounter with the priest
             of the temple, he understood much better then the average person how corrupted they were, after all, if God
             had healed him through Jesus, and they only wanted to rebuke him and deny that Jesus was anything, then
             he was better off without them.
             [1]  This, I’m afraid, is something that happens in the church today as well,
             [2]  Often people are belittled and rebuked by those in the church, and driven off from the church, by the
                     people because they dress different, look different, or are from a different place then they are.
             [3]  People are hurt by church members refusing to speak to them in public
             [4]  They are offended by the church when they are not allowed to be a part of the church.
             [5]  They are basically made to feel like the church is a social club for certain people and no one else is
                     allowed to be a part of it

John 9:35-41
     35. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on
           the Son of God?        
     36. He answered and said, Who is he, Lord that I might believe on him?
     37. And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
     38. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

Verse thirty-five
     [A]  This is a wonderful verse that tells us about Jesus and what he feels for the downcast and downtrodden
             [1]  He heard what happened to the man
             [2]  He sought him out to talk to him.         
    
     [B]  When he found him he asked him a question
             [1]  Do you believe in the Son of God?

Verse thirty-six
     [A]  The blind man asked Jesus a question in reply
             [1]  Who is this Son of Man?
             [2]  Where is he that I might believe in him?
    
     [B]  You must realize that this was the first time this man had ever laid eyes on Jesus, when he met him before, he
             was blind.

Verse thirty-seven
     [A]  Jesus answered him and said
             [1]  You have seen him
             [2]  The one who is talking to you right now is he
    
     [B]  How do you think the man felt at this moment, he had been defending Jesus, not knowing who he was, and
             here he is facing the Son of God, realizing that it was GOD in Flesh who healed him?

Verse thirty-eight
     [A]  When Jesus told him this, he believed
    
     [B]  Not only did he believe, he believed him enough to worship him
    
     [C]   Questions
             [1]  Does this not tell us something as well?
             [2]  Does this no tell us that once a person knows Jesus, they too ought to worship him?

John 9:39-41                
     39. And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they,
           which see, might be made blind.
     40. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
     41. Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin
           remaineth.

Verse thirty-nine
     [A]  Jesus’ reply to the man and to those around him - which apparently included some of the Pharisees
     [B]  For Judgment I  came into this world -
             [1]   What did Jesus mean by this statement - “for Judgment I came into this world”
             [2]   This was not Jesus’ purpose for coming into the world, for we find that his purpose was to be a sacrifice  
                     for the sins of all mankind, yet, his coming into the world was for judgment as well, for all who does not
                     believe in him, will be doomed to everlasting punishment, whereas all who believe in the only begotten
                     son of God will inherit everlasting life. Therefore, for this purpose Jesus came into the world, the fate of
                     all mankind will be whether or not they believe in and follow him.
    
     [C]  They which see not might see -
             [1]  Was he talking about the blind, those whose eyes were shut as the man whom he healed was?
             [2]  No - he was talking about those who were spiritually blind, those who had been blinded by the false
                     teaching and false religions of the world, and those who knew nothing, those he had come to give sight,
                     so that they might see the truth of the gospel and follow him.        
    
     [D]   Those who see, might be made blind -
             [1]  Was he going to take the eyesight away from those who could see?
             [2]  Again no - what he was saying was, those who were supposed to be able to see, spiritually, those, like
                     the scribes and Pharisees, who claimed to have the answers, and understand God’s word, would be
                     made blind spiritually, because they refuse to allow themselves to believe the truth. They like many in
                     our time felt that they were too smart, and too educated to believe that Jesus could be real. They who
                     had studied the scriptures and though themselves better then others, were blinded to the truth that was
                     so easy for the unlearned to grasp. Jesus was too simple, and his ways were too easy, they could not
                     accept what  he taught so they had to deny him.         

Verse forty
     [A]  The Pharisees picked up on what Jesus was saying pretty quickly
    
     [B]  The too began to question Jesus
             [1]  Are we blind too?
             [2]  Are we among the unlearned?
             [3]  Are we not those who teach others what the law says?
             [4]  Are we not the educated?

Verse forty-one
     [A]  Jesus told them, if you were blind you would have no sin
    
     [B]  Question
             [1]  What did he mean - if you were blind you would have no sin
                     [a]  What he meant was - if they were unlearned, and did not know what the scriptures said, they would
                             not be held accountable for their beliefs                                
                     [b]  They were claiming to be the learned, so they should have been the first to recognize who Jesus
                             was, yet they continued to deny him
                     [c]  If they had no knowledge of what God’s word said, they would have recognized Jesus
    
     [C]  They said - “We See” so therefore their sin remained
    
     [D]  Questions
             [1]  What was  he referring to here?
                     [a]  They claimed to have all the answers                          
                     [b]  They claimed that Jesus was not whom he claimed to be
             [2]  Why did their sin remain with them?
                     [a]  They refused to believe
                     [b]  They thought they knew all the answers.
             [3]  What was their sin?
                     [a]  They thought they were better than Jesus
                     [b]  They refused to accept him as the Messiah
                     [c]  They turned their backs on the Son of God, rejecting him
                     [d]  They belittled and rebuked anyone who did not believe like them
                     [e]  They acted as judge towards others.

Conclusion
     [A]  The mercies of Christ's are valued the most by those who have felt the need for them, those who were blind,
             but now can see. The most powerful affections one can have for Christ, comes from actual knowing him. We
             receive him and there is a work of grace that transpires in our soul. Even though we cannot tell when, how,
             or by what steps the change took place, we can still take comfort in our heart, and say, through grace,
             Whereas I was blind, now I can see. I lived a worldly life, but, thanks be to God, it is now different with me.

     [B]  The unbelief of those who enjoy the means of knowledge and conviction, is hard to understand. All who have
             ever felt the power and grace of Jesus, has to wonder how others can reject him. The healed man, argued a
             strong case against the leaders of the temple, not only that Jesus was not a sinner, but that he was of God.

     [C]   We may each of us know by this, whether we are of God or not by.
             [1]  What do we?
             [2]  What do we for God?
             [3]  What do we for our souls?
             [4]  What do we do more than others do?

     [D]  Christ owns those who own him and follow his truth and his ways. There is particular notice taken of such as
             suffer in the cause of Christ, and for the testimony of a good conscience. Our Lord Jesus graciously reveals
             himself to the man. Now he was made sensible what an unspeakable mercy it was, to be cured of his
             blindness, that he might see the Son of God. None but God is to be worshipped; so that in worshipping
             Jesus, he owned him to be God. All who believe in him, will worship him.

     [E]  Christ came into the world to give sight to those who were spiritually blind. Also, that those who see might be
             made blind; that those who have a high conceit of their own wisdom, might be sealed up in ignorance. The
             preaching of the cross was thought to be folly by such as by carnal wisdom knew not God. Nothing fortifies
             men's corrupt hearts against the convictions of the word, more than the high opinion which others have of
             them; as if all that gained applause with men, must obtain acceptance with God. Christ silenced them. But
             the sin of the self-conceited and self-confident remains; they reject the gospel of grace, therefore the guilt
             of their sin remains unpardoned, and the power of their sin remains unbroke