The Testimony of the Healed Man

The famous agnostic, Thomas Huxley, was once lovingly confronted by a very sincere Christian. This believer stressed to Huxley that he was not in any way impugning Huxley’s sincerity. Nevertheless, might it not be possible that mentally the great scientist was color blind? That i … More

Blindness

The Pharisees tried to pressure the healed man into withdrawing his testimony about Jesus. They wanted him to say that the miracle of his sight was only a miracle of God and that Christ was a sinner (v.24). He would not debate the character of Jesus Christ, because that was beyond his knowledge and experience. On the other hand he refused to deny what he knew for certain and that was; “One thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see” (v. 25). It would have been easy for the son to hide his confession and thus avoid controversy, but he fearlessly stood his ground. He knew what a difference Christ had made in his life, and he could not deny it. Everyone who has met Christ and trusted Him should make it known openly.

These Pharisees asked him to go over the story again, hoping to find some contradiction in his report (vv. 24-30). At this point, the ex-blind man got impatient. He had already told them how he was healed (v.15) but they had not wanted to hear. It seemed incredible to him that these Pharisees would not know the man who had opened his eyes (vv. 31-33). After all, how many people were going around Jerusalem, opening the eyes of blind people? He reasoned that God grants not the requests of sinners, but of the righteous. Therefore, this man had to be from God or he could do no miracles.

Angered by the fact that their authority had been questioned, these religious leaders officially excommunicated this man from the local synagogue (34).

Application

It is so easy to have blind spots in my life. When is the last time someone has opened up a blind spot to me? Was I willing to admit it and do something about it? I want to do a better job in this area.

John 9:24-34 (English Standard Version)

So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, "Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner." He answered, "Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?" And they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from." The man answered, "Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." They answered him, "You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?" And they cast him out.

View this passage in NIV (Bible Gateway) »

More John commentaries

John 6:1-14
Philip Fails the Exam

John 6:15-27
Jesus Calms Their Fears

John 6:30-40
What’s Your Motive for Following Jesus

John 6:36-44
The Reaction of The Jews

John 6:45-55
Drawn to Christ

John 6:56-59
Confusion of The Body And Blood of Christ

John 6:60-71
Rejection by Many Followers

John 7:1-14
The Advice of Jesus’ Brothers

John 7:15-24
Judge Rightly

John 7:25-29
Jesus Origin

John 7:30-36
Blinded to The Truth

John 7:37-53
Divided Opinions About Jesus

John 8:1-7
Pharisees Condemn The Adulterous Woman

John 8:8-11
Jesus Forgives The Adulterous Women

John 8:12-20
Jesus is The Light of The World

John 8:21-30
Jesus Predicts His Death

John 8:31-38
The Truth Will Set You Free

John 8:39-47
You Are of Your Father The Devil

John 8:48-59
Jesus’ Claims To His Identity

John 9:1-12
Contentment in Any Circumstance

John 9:13-23
Trouble with the Jewish Leaders

John 9:24-34
The Testimony of the Healed Man

John 9:35-41
The Pharisees Blindless

John 10:1-13
The True Shepherd

John 10:14-21
The Good Shephard Knows His Sheep

John 10:22-30
Rejected by the Religious Leaders

John 10:31-42
Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus

John 11:1-6
News of Lazarus’ Death

John 11:7-16
The Disciples Warn Jesus About Going to Judea

John 11:17-27
Jesus Arrives at Mary and Martha’s House

John 11:28-37
Emotions of Jesus

John 11:38-44
Jesus Calls Lazarus Forth From the Grave

John 11:45-57
Jesus Withdraws to Ephraim

John 12:1-11
Mary Anoints Jesus’ Feet

John 12:12-19
Jesus’ Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem

John 12:20-26
Some Greeks Seek Jesus

John 12:27-36
Jesus Predicts His Death

John 12:37-50
Hardened Hearts and the Fear of Man