John 9

This devotional was produced by members of our youth group. The passage is read by Alex and the devotional is written and read by Reuben.

John 9

Jesus heals a man born blind
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?'

3 'Neither this man nor his parents sinned,' said Jesus, 'but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.'

6 After saying this, he spat on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. 7 'Go,' he told him, 'wash in the Pool of Siloam' (this word means 'Sent'). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

8 His neighbours and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, 'Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?' 9 Some claimed that he was.

Others said, 'No, he only looks like him.'

But he himself insisted, 'I am the man.'

10 'How then were your eyes opened?' they asked.

11 He replied, 'The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.'

12 'Where is this man?' they asked him.

'I don't know,' he said.

The Pharisees investigate the healing
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. 'He put mud on my eyes,' the man replied, 'and I washed, and now I see.'

16 Some of the Pharisees said, 'This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.'

But others asked, 'How can a sinner perform such signs?' So they were divided.

17 Then they turned again to the blind man, 'What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.'

The man replied, 'He is a prophet.'

18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents. 19 'Is this your son?' they asked. 'Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?'

20 'We know he is our son,' the parents answered, 'and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don't know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.' 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, 'He is of age; ask him.'

24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. 'Give glory to God by telling the truth,' they said. 'We know this man is a sinner.'

25 He replied, 'Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!'

26 Then they asked him, 'What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?'

27 He answered, 'I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?'

28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, 'You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from.'

30 The man answered, 'Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.'

34 To this they replied, 'You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!' And they threw him out.

Spiritual blindness
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, 'Do you believe in the Son of Man?'

36 'Who is he, sir?' the man asked. 'Tell me so that I may believe in him.'

37 Jesus said, 'You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.'

38 Then the man said, 'Lord, I believe,' and he worshipped him.

39 Jesus said, 'For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.'

40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, 'What? Are we blind too?'

41 Jesus said, 'If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.


In this story Jesus finds a man who was born blind. Outcast by society because they thought his parents must have sinned for the man to be born blind. Jesus, however, does not throw him out but instead goes over to him, spits in the mud, rubs it in the man's eyes and the man is healed. This is the first instance of Jesus seeking a man out, even when he has been outcast, and helping him.

The man is brought to the Pharisees and they insult him and cast him out because he believed in Jesus and because he was born blind.

Jesus once again seeks out the man when he heard that he was thrown out. This time he asks him "Do you believe in the son of man?" to which the man responds "Who is he, sir? Tell me so that I may believe in him". Jesus tells him and then says that now the man is not only physically able to see but he can also see spiritually.

What this means is that because the man asked and was open to the Lord he was able to meet with him. Jesus said that those who were blind will see and those who can see will be blind. In this he meant that those who have accepted that they are blind spiritually and cannot see God can be shown but those who claim to be able to see God, like the Pharisees, cannot see him and have sinned.

In this story we can see that Jesus is more interested in people and healing than rules, as he heals the man even on a Sabbath. This is why Jesus dislikes the Pharisees, they care more about a rule that has been broken than the fact that someone born blind can now see and that this person has been healed spiritually.

We can always rely on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for our spiritual healing and for forgiveness of our sins. Jesus was willing to help, is willing to help anyone, no matter what they have done; to meet with him. Do not feel that because you have sinned you are less of a person in God's eyes because of what you have done. He will always love you, forgive you, be with you and bring healing to you regardless. Even if you have been cast out by others or even yourself. Jesus will always seek you out and help you.

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