Series:     The Gospel According to John

The Blind See, but the Seeing are Blind

Text:         John 9:35-41

Purpose:   By studying these verses we learn that: Jesus came to give sight to the spiritually blind, but also to bring those who think they see without Him
                to judgment.

Speaker:  Bishop Jake Givan, Jr., D. Min

Date:         May 26, 2019

Our text gives us good news and bad news, but it’s not a joke. It’s deadly serious! The best possible news is Jesus! The worst possible news is Jesus! For
many, Jesus is good news because He opens their blind eyes and gives them eternal life. For many others, Jesus is bad news because they reject His gift of
sight and they will face eternal judgment (see 1 Pet. 2:6-8 for the same truth).

In other words, Jesus always divides people into one of two camps: Those who believe in Him for salvation receive eternal life; those who reject Him are
hardened in unbelief and face eventual eternal punishment (Matt. 25:46). There is no third category. So, be very careful how you respond to Jesus!

We come to the conclusion of the story of Jesus healing the man who was born blind. As we’ve seen, this miracle, which Jesus performed on the Sabbath,
caused a division among the Pharisees: Some said (9:16), “This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” But others argued, “How can a
man who is a sinner perform such signs?” The prevailing group were those that contended that Jesus was not from God, who in a few months succeeded in
crucifying Him. They couldn’t refute the reasoning of the blind man, so they threw him out of the temple (9:34). Our text picks up the story when Jesus
found the rejected man and asked him a crucial question, bringing him to solid faith. The story concludes by contrasting the blind man’s faith with the hard
hearts of the unbelieving Pharisees.

The lesson is:

Jesus came to give sight to the spiritually blind, but also to bring those who think they see without Him to judgment.
To quote Jesus (9:39), “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”

Our text falls into two sections: (1) The blind see (9:35-38); (2) The seeing are blind (9:39-41).

Lesson outline:

I.          The blind sees: Jesus came to give sight to the spiritually blind (9:35-38).

          A.                 Jesus takes the
initiative by seeking those who are blind.

          B.         Jesus alone has the power to
open blind eyes.

          C.         To move from spiritual blindness to sight,
admit that you’re blind.

          D.         To move from spiritual blindness to sight,
believe in Jesus for who He is.

                       1)         Who is the
Son of Man?

                       2)         What does it
mean to believe in Him?

                       3)         Do
I believe in Him?

          E.         When you truly believe in Jesus, you
gain spiritual sight, confess Jesus as Lord, and bow before Him in worship.

II.         The seeing blind: Jesus came to bring those who think they see without Him to judgment (9:39-41).

          A.         To stay in spiritual blindness,
insist that you see on your own and thus have no need for the Savior.

          B.         To stay in spiritual blindness,
reject the gift of sight that Jesus offers to you.

          C.         The result of rejecting spiritual sight is to be
hardened in unbelief that culminates in eternal judgment.

So, Jesus is either good news or bad news for you, and I assure you, He is no joke! Your eternal destiny hinges on your response to Jesus’ question, “Do you
believe in the Son of Man?” Join the former blind man by responding, “Lord, I believe.” And fall at His feet in worship!

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