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The Man Born Blind
John 9.1-41
Who Did Sin?
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his
birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin,
this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents:
but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I
must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the
night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the
world, I am the light of the world.
Who Sinned?

From the time of Job, men have assumed that any time there is some sort of calamity was the
result of sin. However, as the friends of Job learned, there are other reasons for problems that
we face than the acts of God as a punishment for sin.

1)        The Temptation of Satan
2)        The Trials of God
       a.        Our Own
       b.        Others
3)        The Laws of Nature
4)        The Chastisement of God
       a.        Our Own
       b.        Others

(Job 1:9-12) Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not
thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?
thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
{substance: or, cattle} But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will
curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power;
only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the

(James 1:12) Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall
receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  (KJV)

(James 1:13-15) Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be
tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn
away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin,
when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  (KJV)

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-10) To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which
is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time
to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away
stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from
embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to
rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time
to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he
laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in
it.  (KJV)

(Hebrews 12:4-10) Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have
forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou
the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth
he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God
dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be
without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them
reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For
they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we
ight be partakers of his holiness.  (KJV)

His Parents?

Sin is not passed from the parents to the child. Not even original sin. But, the consequences of
sin can be. Birth defects as the result of venereal disease, drug addiction, smoking, drinking,
etc. are realities. Among these is blindness.

(Ezekiel 18:1-32) The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, What mean ye, that ye
use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
and the children's teeth are set on edge?

As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the
soul that sinneth, it shall die. But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, And
hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of
Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous
woman, And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled
none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a
garment; He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath
withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man, Hath
walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely
live, saith the Lord GOD.

If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of
these things, And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains,
and defiled his neighbour's wife, Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violenc
hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed
abomination, Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall
not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.
Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and considereth,
and doeth not such like, That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes
to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour's wife, Neither hath oppressed
any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread
to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment, That hath taken off his hand from
the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked
in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that
which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.

Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that
which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely
live. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither
shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon
him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him

But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes,
and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his
transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his
righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he
should return from his ways, and live?

But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and
doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his
righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath
trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way
equal? are not your ways unequal? When a righteous man turneth away from his
righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done
shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath
committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he
considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall
surely live, he shall not die.

Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal.

O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal? Therefore I will judge
you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn
yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from
you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a
new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him
that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.  (KJV)


The consequences of that person’s sin, such as venereal disease, can cause blindness. That
is what lead to the blindness of John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace.

I Am the Light of the World

Jesus is the Light of the World. He provides teaching and direction, both to the body and spirit.
As the incarnate Word, He is the example of what we should be, and what we should do.

(John 8:12) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that
followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  (KJV)

(2 Corinthians 4:3-4) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of
this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  (KJV)

(Matthew 5:14-15) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light
unto all that are in the house. (KJV)

The Night Cometh

When Jesus died, there was a period of three hours of darkness. The Light of the World went
out.  But that Light was sufficient to provide all that we would need to live holy and obtain
fellowship with God.

(Luke 23:44-45) And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth
until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the
midst.  (KJV)

(2 Peter 1:1-4) Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have
obtaned like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus
Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus
our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and
godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are
given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of
the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  (KJV

There is a time coming when the miracles would cease.  Miracles would not be accomplished

(1 Corinthians 13:8-13) Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail;
whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish
way. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come,
then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I
understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish
things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but
then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity.  (KJV)