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The Healing of the Blind Man – John 9:1

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

This story records the historical event of Christ healing a man that had been born blind. The spiritual lesson is that Christ reveals that a man was born blind, not due to the sin of his parents or his own sin, but that God would be glorified by his healing. We must also remember that Christ spoke in parables and without parables He did not speak (Mat.13:34). So besides the historicity of this message, there is another spiritual message in this account.

 The historical message is that the man was blind, he was healed, he was confronted by the Jews (the church leaders – Scribes and Pharisees), he was thrown out of the synagogue, Christ spoke and he believed and the Lord was glorified. These are all fact.

There is a parabolic message in this story also, in which the man is a symbol of mankind. Born in original sin, in darkness and without the Light of Christ (Jn. 8:12). Christ called him as He called all that are chosen (Eph.1:3-5). The blind man didn’t seek Christ in his blindness or make a choice to receive the gift of sight from Christ (Jn.9:1). The blind man had never seen from birth, created that way by God, chosen before the foundation of the world (Eph.1:4). Made for one purpose, that the works of God would be displayed in him (Jn.9:3) to glorify God. First the man was called (Jn.9:6), then healed by the washing away of the mud (the washing away of the mud was symbolic of the baptism by the Holy Spirit that the man might be brought into the light of Christ (Jn.9:5)). Even though the man could then see in the flesh, in his called state, he still didn’t know who Christ was. He had not had anything to do with being called or even asked to be healed (Jn. 9:1-2). It was a work of God for His glorification that the man was healed in the same manner that anyone is blessed with salvation (Eph. 2:8-9). The man had been sanctified by Christ (set apart for His works) (Jn.17:19), even though the blind man didn’t know it. In this, the blind man is symbolic of those chosen before the foundation of the world for salvation that God might be glorified (Eph.1:4). The Jews (the Scribes and Pharisees, the leaders of the church), who in the flesh, knew the letter of Law as the wisdom of words described in 1 Cor.1:20-21 and 1Cor. 2:12, but they did not have the spiritual understanding of the Word. They had not been given the spiritual hearing of the Word given by the Holy Spirit (Ro.10:17). The Jews threw the man out of the congregation (Jn.9:22) symbolic of the true believer leaving the apostate church in the latter days (Mat. 24:15-16). All believers will be hated by the world (Jn.15:19).

 Christ sought the man when the time is right according to God’s plan of salvation for the man (Jn.6:37, 39).

 Christ then gave the man his salvation by telling him who He was (Jn.9:37). How? Christ, the Word (Jn.1:1) spoke and the man heard. Faith comes by hearing and (spiritual) hearing by the word of Christ (Ro.10:17). The man’s belief was God’s work (Jn.6:29).

 The summation of the spiritual parable is that Christ came into the world to judge so that those chosen before the foundation of the world will see (the light of the World) (Jn.9:5) and the world (the non-believers) who see in the flesh will not see in the spirit (Jn.9:39). The world is incapable of seeing spiritual things typified by the Jews (Scribes and Pharisees in Jn.9:39), (Jn.6:44 and Jn. 6:65).