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The Man Born Blind
John 9.1-41
He Came Seeing
When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he
anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool
of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and
came seeing.


The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is
not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he
said, I am he.
Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?


He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and
said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received
sight.
Then said they unto him, Where is he?


He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it
was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.


Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight.


He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.


Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the
sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was
a division among them.


They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine
eyes?


He said, He is a prophet.


But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his
sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them,
saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?


His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born
blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we
know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.


These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed
already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the
synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.


Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we
know that this man is a sinner.


He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that,
whereas I was blind, now I see.


Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
There was a miracle done

The Bible proclaims that Jesus performed miracles. Miracles that included turning the water
to wine, and feeding the 5,000. However, no miracles seem to capture the imagination of men
as do the miracles which healed those who suffered from various ailments – demon
possession, paralysis, fevers, blindness, etc.


(Luke 4:14-21) And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a
fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being
glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom
was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was
delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he
found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath
anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to
preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he
gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the
synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture
fulfilled in your ears.  (KJV)


(Isaiah 61:1-4) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to
preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim
liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the
acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for
mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of
righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old
wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the
desolations of many generations.  (KJV)


These statements of miracles are made matter-of-factly. There is no doubt. There is no
hesitation.


The Examination

Can we rely upon the testimony of these people that miracles truly took place? Let us look at
how they examined the situation to see if it was sufficient. The man born blind is an excellent
example.


Who


Who was it upon whom the miracle was performed? Were they really suffering from the
ailment or are they faking?


In the case of the man in this instance, the statement of the disciples shows that he was blind.
The statement of the populace says he was blind. The statement of the parents shows that he
was blind. The statement of the man says he was blind. The examination of the parents and
the man by the Jews shows that he was blind.


What else could have been or would have been done to establish the blindness of the man?


How


How was the miracle accomplished? This was the inquiry of the Jews both of the parents and
of the man. Verses 11 and 15 answer the question.


If a miracle took place, we would expect the procedure to have nothing to do with medical
science. The placing of mud and spittle on the man’s eyes fits that concept. It was an
extraordinary event that caused the man to see.


By Whom

Who was it that performed the miracle? The context leaves no doubt in the minds of the
people, the disciples, the Jews, the parents, and the man that Jesus of Nazareth was the one
who put the mud and spittle on the man’s eyes, and who was the one who performed the
miracle.


Verification

The Jews, in trying to find some way to silence the rumors about Jesus, examined the
situation. They established the man was born blind. They established that Jesus made the
mud with His spittle. They established that after that occurrence the man could see. They
verified the miracle. No one could deny that Jesus had performed a miracle.