A New Hope
March 6th 2022
Prepared and taught by Pastor Jordan Clark
Read John 9:1-12
John 9: 1-12 introduces a new miracle in which Jesus will perform. This miracle consists of a blind man getting mud wiped upon his eyes and getting healed.
“As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”
It is clear that the disciples are trying to find out the reason for why this man is blind. They actually blame the man’s past sins or the sins of his family as the reason for His blindness.
Question 1: What are your thoughts on this interaction? Do you agree? Disagree? Unsure?
Here is what Jesus’ answer is to His disciples: “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that works of God might be displaced in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the World, I am the Light of the world.
Question 2: What do we see in Jesus’ answer?
So to understand what is happening here we must take into account the clean/unclean system in which the Jewish people operated in. This man is blind therefore he must have unclean sin in his life which he has not taken care of yet. Jesus changes that here. He heals the man by wiping dirty mud on his face (this calls back to Genesis when God created the world—He has molded us in his own image, breathed into dust and Adam was born.)
Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Genesis 2:7
This again proves that Jesus is in command of the entire natural world and here he uses it to heal this blind man. This also proves that Jesus is God.
Question 3: Why does Jesus restore the blind man's sight?
Jesus says it clearly in John 9:3 “so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” One thing is clear, Jesus values His creation. God created humanity therefore He values humanity. His works are in us, HIs works shine through this man in this story and this man ends up giving glory to God in the end. Jesus healed the man because Jesus loves the man and the man reached out to Jesus—Jesus wants a relationship with us.
Read Isaiah 55:8-13 to see the prophecy of God's word and how His word nourishes us--remember what John 1:1 says? Jesus is the light of the world, the word became flesh as Jesus therefore Jesus nourishes us.