John 9:1-7 – Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So, he went and washed, and came back seeing.
Spiritual Sight – man is spiritually blind and his eyes need to be opened. The mission of Jesus is to open the eyes of man.
Jesus “saw” him. He had concern and compassion.
It was a common belief that a man suffered because of sin, his own or his parents’ sin. Jesus said the man’s suffering was not because of sin, but to demonstrate God’s power.
|So that God can||So that man can|
|Have an opportunity to work||Give God an opportunity to show what He can do in a life|
|Show His compassion||Learn to trust God more and more|
|Prove His power||Demonstrate a special strength and endurance|
|Demonstrate that He does care and look after men||Set forth a dynamic example of God’s care and power to a lost world|
|Lead unbelievers to trust Him||Better learn and know that he lives in a sinful, corruptible world and desperately needs deliverance|
Jesus carried the discussion beyond the man’s blindness. The disciples were perplexed over this man’s situation, wondering and asking questions about the problem of suffering and sin. Jesus picked up the question and moved it to His world-wide mission as the Light of the world. He dealt with the problem of suffering and sin throughout the whole world. His very mission upon earth was to work the works of God.
Jesus Christ’s mission
- The work of seeking man – Jesus took the initiate with this man, reaching out to help him.
Luke 19:10 – for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
- The work of caring for man – Jesus cared that the man was blind
Matthew 20:28 – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
1 Peter 5:7 – casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
- The work of love and compassion
Hebrews 4:15-16 – For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
- The work of delivering from darkness and giving sight
Colossians 1:13 – He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.
Urgency of mission
- The word ‘must” means compulsion and necessity. There are no questions, no suggestions about the matter. The works of God must be done.
- The time for work is limited. Only so much time has been given. Whatever is to be done must be done today, while there is still time.
John 9:4 – I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
Ephesians 5:16 – redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Jesus is the Light of the world.
- If man wishes to be delivered from darkness, he must come to Christ. He is the only One who can give sight to man and his world.
John 1:4 – In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 8:12 – Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
2 Corinthians 4:6 – For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Spiritual sight comes by faith and obedience
- The man’s faith needed to be aroused. Jesus used two things to awaken the man’s faith.
- He used a point of contact – he anointed the man’s eyes with clay.
- He instructed him to go wash his eyes. He “sent” him.
- As the man obeyed Jesus, he was given sight.
Man can be delivered from the darkness of sin, death and corruption by coming to Jesus Christ and obeying Him.
Romans 4:20-22 – He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Psalm 31:119 — Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!
Psalm 37:5 – Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.