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The Man Born Blind
John 9.1-41
Dost Thou Believe on
the Son of God
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him,
Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
And he said, Lord, I believe.

And he worshipped him.

And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might
see; and that they which see might be made blind.

And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are
we blind also?

Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see;
therefore your sin remaineth.  (KJV)
A Prophet

Jesus was an enigma to many of the people – they did not know what to think of Him. To the
rulers He was a sinner. To the blind man, He was a Prophet – a man of God.

Each of us needs to determine who we think Jesus is. Is He an unknown? Is He a Lunatic? Is He
a Liar? Is He the Lord? Was He a good moral man? Was He a prophet? Was He the Son of God?

(Matthew 16:13-19) When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his
disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that
thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith
unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the
Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou,
Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in
heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my
church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of
the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven:
and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  (KJV)

Who is He?

Jesus asked the blind man if he believed on the Son of God. He declares Himself to be the Son
of God. The One whom he was looking at, the One whom he was taking with, He is the Son of
God. There is no doubt as to whom Jesus said that He was. The only question is: do we believe

Jesus was announced as the Son of God by the angels.

(Luke 1:30-33) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with
God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his
name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God
shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob
for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.  (KJV)

Jesus was introduced as the Son of God by John.

(John 1:32-34) And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a
dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water,
the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on
him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this
is the Son of God.  (KJV)

Jesus was indentified to be the Son of God by the voice from Heaven.

(Matthew 3:16-17) And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water:
and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a
dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in
whom I am well pleased.  (KJV)

(Matthew 17:1-6) And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and
bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face
did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto
them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is
good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one
for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them:
and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore
afraid.  (KJV)

Jesus was recognized as the Son of God by the demons.

(Matthew 8:28-29) And when he was come to the other side into the country of the
Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding
fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have
we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the
time?  (KJV)

Jesus was declared to the the Son of God by the centurion.

(Matthew 27:54) Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw
the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was
the Son of God.  (KJV)

Judgment …

Jesus came into the world to bring the judgment of God. He revealed through His teaching, and
through His life, what the sentence would be for men: eternal life or eternal death – heaven or
hell. Those who admit their sin and imperfection – those who do not see – will be healed
(spiritually) and inherit eternal life. Those who refuse to admit their sin and imperfection – those
who see – are blind (spiritually) and are damned to eternal death.

(Matthew 12:16-21) And charged them that they should not make him known: That it might be
fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have
chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he
shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear
his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not
quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.  

Jesus Said …

When asked specifically by some of the Pharisees if they were blind, Jesus says … you say, We
see; therefore your sin remains. The perception of men is not the perception of God. Those who
are righteous in their own eyes are not necessarily righteous in the sight of God.

(John 3:14-21) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of
man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to
condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him
is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not
believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light
is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were
evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds
should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made
manifest, that they are wrought in God.  (KJV)

Are You Blind? Or Do You See?

The ultimate question is, which category are you in? Are you willing to see your sin,
acknowledging you are spiritually blind, and need for a Savior? Or are you blind to your iniquities,
declaring that you can spiritually see, refusing to be healed by the Savior?