Jesus and Abundant Life

 

A Bible Study of the Gospel of John

 

“True Vision” – John 9

 

 

In John 2 Jesus did His first sign at a wedding in Cana which showed like God, He can turn the water of the word into the wine of redemption and like God He saves the best for last. In John 4 Jesus did His second sign of healing the nobleman’s son with a mere spoken word; a feat showing that like God His word is powerful. In John 5 the third sign of Jesus is His healing a man who had been lame for 38 years. In John 6 we see the fourth and fifths signs of Jesus as He walks on water and feeds over five thousand people with a few morsels of food. In John 7 establishes Himself as Messiah and the Source of the outpoured Holy Spirit. And in John 8 we saw Jesus proclaim Himself the light of the world and great I Am.  

 

In John 9 we will see the sixth of seven miraculous signs of Jesus mentioned by John in his gospel.

 

John 8

 

58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” 59 Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

 

John 9

Now as Jesus passed by,

The previous chapter ends with Jesus declaring Himself to be “I Am” in the Temple precincts of God. This was a clear association with the most holy name of God and therefore a clear declaration that He was and is God (John 8:58). His religious listeners then, knowing exactly what Jesus was affirming, “took up stones to throw at Him” (John 8:59a). Jesus then, because His mission focus was the cross and not to be stoned, left the dangerous crowd departing from the temple. He didn’t make a scene. He didn’t call down angels to defend Him. He simply departed from there, “going through the midst of them, and so passed by.” This is the context for the transition from John chapter 8 to John chapter 9.

Now notice, it was “as Jesus passed by,” that what follows happens. It was “as Jesus passed by” that this man born blind from birth catches His attention. There is a valuable truth principle to be gleaned here. Jesus didn’t let attacks, disruptions, difficulties, not even the threat of death (i.e. stoning) deter Him from His mission purpose. Jesus didn’t allow His attention to be diverted by self-preservation or self-pity over His detractors and attackers. Jesus pressed on, even when physically threatened. Jesus just kept literally “passing on” (Greek paragon: Present/Active/Participle), no matter what.

Can you say that? Are you easily distracted from God’s mission for you, His purpose for you, or His will for you? Have you even cared to determine what God’s mission, purpose and will is for you? If not, you’ve already been diverted off course. We need to be like Jesus and keep “passing on” through attacks, trials, tempting distractions, difficulties. We must follow His steps (1 Peter 2:21) and walk as he walked (1 John 2:6) in life.

The apostle Paul followed in Jesus steps and exhorted others to do the same. He was inspired to write: “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching for ward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. There let us, as many as are mature [lit. “perfect” from Greek telios], have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you” (Philippians 3:13-15). Press on to Christ’s higher calling for you!

He saw a man who was blind from birth.

Jesus, even though deeply involved in ministry, still “saw a man who was blind from birth.” We don’t know how Jesus knew this man was born blind from birth. We only know this blind man caught Jesus’ eye. Jesus always had an eye for those in need. He always had time for those in need. Jesus is never too busy to see us in our time of need. Jesus has His eye on us. Jesus arrives at our point of need.

This blind man wasn’t even looking for Jesus. But Jesus showed up to change His life. And like this blind man, Jesus shows up when we aren’t even looking for Him! That is grace! Jesus came to redeem us from our sin when we were still lost in our sins (Romans 5:8). In Isaiah it states, “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that was not called by My name. I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts” (Isaiah 65:1-2). Just as this blind man didn’t have the capacity to see Jesus coming, apart from God’s prevenient grace (i.e. the grace that goes before to draw us; to make us aware of our sin problem and God’s salvation solution in Christ), we are blind to the good news of gospel of Jesus Christ. But Jesus has His eye on us and comes to help us.

We need to learn a valuable lesson here for when either we or someone within our reach is caught up in a trial. When trials, difficulties, hardships arise they are not mere obstacles, they are opportunities. One commentator observes:

 

“The issue is not sin,” said Jesus. “Rather, this man’s misery gives Me opportunity for ministry. I am the Light of the world, and I have only so many hours in which I can work before night falls on the day of My public ministry.” Misery always opens the door for ministry.[1]

“Misery” is a state of suffering or distress of one form or the other. If we see someone around us in some kind of misery we need to see that as a potential divine appointment God has scheduled for us. God is the One who is putting us in that situation and bringing the misery to our attention. It is an opportunity for God to use us. It is an opportunity for us to be His ambassadors of grace, comfort, hope, and salvation.

If we are the ones personally experiencing the misery then we need to understand we are being given an opportunity to ourselves learn about the “fellowship of the suffering” of Jesus (Phil. 3:10). It is an opportunity for us to experience the sufficiency of God’s grace (2 Cor. 12:8-10). It is an opportunity for our faith to be tested so that it can be trusted. A faith untested cannot be trusted. A faith tested true, is a great weapon in God’s arsenal for reaching the lost and bringing glory to Him. The testimony of one whose faith has been tested true is an unstoppable weapon in the spiritual battle. The enemy has nothing to resist a faith tested true.

Bible teacher Jon Courson shares the following story about how God can use a testimony of someone who has experienced great trial:

 

As a junior in high school, I had the opportunity to represent our district at the Athletes in Action National Conference. Although the conference began Monday morning, the featured speaker failed to show up for Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s meetings. He was on campus, but the pain he lived with continually prevented him from joining us.

 

Maybe you’ve heard his story: During the ’68—’69 season, Brian Sternberg was at the West Coast Relays in Fresno, California, pumped, primed, and poised to break the world record in the pole-vault. The day before the meet, he was doing what pole-vaulters often do—working out on the trampoline. But following one particular double flip, he hit the metal railing and broke his neck. It was a tragedy and a shock to the track and field world when Sternberg was told not only that he would never vault again, but that he would be a quadriplegic for the rest of his life.

 

Other speakers and athletes filled in for Brian at the AIA Conference. Then came Thursday night. After Brian was wheeled out, he began to share with this group of young athletes how he had been a nominal, lukewarm Christian for a number of years. Then came the tragedy. And he said, “As I was in the hospital flat on my back, hearing I would never run, never walk, never even lift my hands again, God started to do a work in my life and gave me a peace I cannot explain. Jesus became so incredibly real to me at that time and has been real to me since then in a way I could never comprehend or explain.” Then, with tears rolling down his cheeks, this world-class athlete said, “If that was the only way I could have what I have right now in my heart, I would take that jump all over again.”

 

When he extended an invitation to make a real commitment to Jesus Christ, virtually the entire audience came forward. We saw revival happen unlike anything I’ve ever seen before or since. But it came through a man who was broken and in pain.

You who are going through difficulties, you who are experiencing tragedy, sickness, or hard times—watch out that you don’t become introspective and wonder what you’ve done wrong. Jesus would say to you today, “Sin is not the issue. The question is not, “Who caused the misery?” The question is, “Will you allow Me to use it?” The Greek language has no punctuation, so I believe a better rendering of this passage would be: “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.” In other words, “It’s not a time to speculate philosophically. It’s a time to reach out compassionately.”[2]

 

And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

The disciples saw a man who was blind from birth and associated with either the man’s or his parent’s sin. By asking if the man’s birth defect of blindness was due to his own sin they were expressing the possibility of attributing his deformity to inherent sin. Some in that day believed that it was possible for a child to sin in the womb! By attributing this man’s blindness to his parents they were expressing the possible cause for the blindness as willful sin. Either way, the disciples associated physical deformity with personal sin.

 

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,

 

Here Jesus throws the disciples a curve. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned.” If the cause of this man’s blindness was not personal sin, then what might it be? There are life trials such as disease and deformity that are due to personal sin such as Sexually Transmitted Diseases, addictions, and various illnesses due to ingestion and consumption of unhealthy things. If you smoke, the probability of getting lung cancer is far greater than for a non-smoker. If you drink alcohol or do drugs and drive the likelihood you get into an accident that results in bodily injury for yourself, your passengers or others is greatly increased. Some physical pain and suffering is due to our willful decisions to disregard God and break His laws and scripture. The same can be said of heartaches and psychological problems. Having said this, not all physical or psychological difficulties can be attributed to willful sinning.

 

Some physical and/or psychological pains and suffering are due to planetary sin. The Bible states that the creation itself was impacted by sin at the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden. “For the creation was subjected to futility” (Romans 8:20a). When Adam and Eve sinned somehow the effects were not merely spiritual but they were also physical. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). All of creation’s DNA and composition was thrown out of whack. “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now” (Romans 8:22). Those “groans and labors with birth pangs” consist of diseases and abnormalities God never intended to be a part of His creation. And these distortions of God’s creation sometimes effect innocent people.

 

There are people who have never smoked a day in their life and never ingested anything harmful to their bodies who contract cancers of various kinds. We live in a fallen state where planetary or the all encompassing effects of sin on creation are at work. Paul well describes this state of being when he is inspired to write, “For we who are in this tent [i.e. our physical bodies] groan, being burdened” (2 Cor. 5:4). He writes, “For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven” (2 Cor. 5:2). In other words, though we live in a fallen physical body that wears out and develops pains, we can press on victoriously in the hope that one day, as God has promised, we will be given glorious heavenly eternal bodies.

 

When these fallen bodies begin to break down and betray us, we need to look to the Lord for sustaining power. Paul said it like this:

 

·         2 Corinthians 4:16–18 - 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

 

Our focus should not be on the pains of the physical body. Physical pain can be intense and distracting. But as bad as such pain can be it is only temporary. God has promised to provide a sufficient amount of grace to get through the pain (cf. 2Cor. 12:8-10). He will also use painful situations to deepen us spiritually (cf. 1 Peter 4:1-2). Trials and suffering prove, temper and strengthen our faith (1 Peter 1:6-9). God can, does and will bring good even from suffering (cf. Romans 8:28). And when we suffer for His glory or suffer in a way that gives Him glory our suffering then is, “working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

 

As we live in our fallen bodies our attitude should be, “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:6-8). “For to me, to live is Christ, to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). That perspective provided by God’s grace is to His glory.

 

but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

 

Jesus here adds that the blindness of this man had a purpose; “but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” The immediate purpose and work Jesus refers to here is that He would be healed to the glory of God. But for all who are born with or who suffer disease or illness due to planetary sin, it can also be said that a purpose can be fulfilled, “that the works of God should be revealed in him.Pain can serve a purpose.

 

There are some who say it is never God’s will for someone to suffer or be sick. But if that were the case no one would die once they accept Jesus as Savior. The Bible says life is a vapor (James 4:14). The Bible states very clearly that everyone will at some point die and then face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). This is because death is the consequence of sin (Romans 6:23). But we don’t die as those who have no hope (1 Thess. 4:13). We have a living hope in Jesus that we will be resurrected from the dead! (1 Peter 1:3-5); 1 Cor. 15).

 

But what about sickness? Is it always God’s will to heal someone? God is always able to heal, but God does not always choose to heal. Sometimes His plans require people to suffer. For instance, we might look at this fallen dark world and wonder why God hasn’t simply intervened and put a stop to it all. But if He were to do that, multiple millions would end up in a Christ-less eternity sentenced to eternal torment. To this God’s word is, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God grieves more than anyone about the present state of affairs and about the prospect that things will get even worse before His appointed end. And even though allowing this world to continue the downward spiral it is on will mean people (even His children) will have to suffer longer, He calculates this a necessary cost to provide extended time for people to hear and hopefully receive Jesus as Savior. Only God is in the Sovereign position to ordain this.

 

But there are times when suffering is God’s will. Peter was inspired to write, “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). Sometimes pain and suffering are a part of God’s plans. We may not fully understand why that is. We most likely won’t like that pain and suffering are being allowed in a given circumstance. But what we do know is that is good and gracious and His plans are for the best. With Peter we must pray, “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:10-11).

 

On one occasion Paul said, “but Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick” (2 Timothy 4:20). It’s inconceivable that Paul would not have prayed for Trophimus. But having prayed Trophimus was not instantaneously cured. He had to be left behind while Paul went on. Sometimes when we pray people will remain sick.

 

Personally, Paul prayed three times for a “thorn in the flesh . . . a messenger of Satan to buffet me” to be removed. But instead of removing it the Lord told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” And to that Paul’s response was, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities [i.e. physical pains], that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:7-10). All of this, whatever situation we find ourselves in that involves pain and suffering, our objective should be to glorify God and trust Him in and through the pain and suffering.

 

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.

 

Jesus points out that time is limited. Life is a vapor (James 4:14). Jesus would soon be going to the cross. Death is a certainty for all (Heb. 9:27). Sin brings the curse of death (Romans 6:23). But Jesus is the cure for that death (Romans 5:8). Life is a vapor, death is sure, sins the curse, Christ is the cure. Remember that. For once you die your eternal destiny is fixed; no one will be able to do anything to change it.

 

And if we are going to follow in the steps of our Savior Jesus, then we must be alert to every opportunity to minister. Every situation and circumstance of our personal lives is an opportunity to be used by the Lord for His mission purpose and glory. And every situation and circumstance we encounter with others is an opportunity to be used by the Lord for His mission purpose and glory. Whether in us or in others, we need to have the same mindset and determination Jesus had, “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.”

 

Jesus is the light that dispels the darkness and mystery of death. And the disciples of Jesus are called to be the “light of the world.” Jesus comments in this regard saying a light is not to be “put under a basket, but on a lampstand” (Matthew 5:14-16). Are you reflecting Jesus’ light? Are you like the moon reflecting the light of the Son? Or are you just a Sunday Christian? Has the church become your buschel basket? Do you only show light when you go into a church but as soon as you exit the light goes out? It’s something to think about.

 

It’s easy to shine your light with the other lights when you’re in the church. But light is really needed to illuminate darkness. It’s in the world that we need to shine our light. Jesus came into the darkness of our sinful world and shone His magnificent light of truth and the gospel. We need to be reflectors of His light too. Can you say along with your Savior Jesus, “As long as I am in the world, I am” a light in 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.

 

There are no formulas for people to be healed. On this occasion Jesus spat on the ground and anointed this blind man’s eyes with the mud He made. Then Jesus told him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam.  And the man’s eyesight was restored! Does this mean we should adopt a practice of anointing with mud? Should we go around spitting in the dirt and giving people mud packs for healing?

 

Previously Jesus simply told the nobleman to return home for the son for whom he was seeking a healing was healed (John 4:46-53; Matthew 8:16). This nobleman had just a little bit of faith and his son who was sick didn’t even know what was going on. And Jesus healed the son. On another occasion a woman was healed by touching the hem of Jesus robe (Matthew 9:20-22).

 

One commentator states:

 

The healing of the blind being the miracle most often recorded in the Gospel accounts, we see it happen in various ways: In one case, Jesus spoke to a man (Mark 10:46–52). In another, He touched the man’s eyes with His hands (Matthew 20:30–34). In a third, He touched the man’s eyes twice (Mark 8:22–25). Here, He uses mud. Jesus works creatively, individually, uniquely. Yet we have a tendency to want to box Him in according to how He works in our own lives.

 

If this miracle had happened today, I’m convinced the man who was healed by simply hearing the Word and believing would say, “I’m going to start a denomination of healing. I’ll call it the Word of Faith Ministry. Just hear the Word, and if you believe you’ll be given sight. You’ll experience a miracle.”

The next man would say, “No, no, no. That’s not the way God works. He works through the laying on of hands. I’m going to write a book and begin a movement called Healing Hands Ministries. The power is in the touch.”

 

The third man would say, “No. It takes more than one encounter with the Lord to really be healed. I’m going to offer a course in Second Touch ministry. It will be a two-step program because everyone knows true healing can’t happen all at once.”

 

And this man in John would say, “No, that’s not it at all. Mud is what’s important. Mud In Your Eye Ministries. That’s the key. That’s where the blessing lies.”

 

We err greatly whenever we think that because the Lord worked one way in our lives, He must work the same way in everyone’s life. You can’t box the Lord in. The last people who tried put Him in a tomb—and He refused to stay there.[3]

 

Jesus can heal in any way He chooses to heal. Sometimes He uses mud. Sometimes he just says a word. We don’t know why He healed in different ways. But we do know He can and does heal people. The important thing is that we go to Jesus for healing.

 

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.

 

Now ask yourself something, “Does mud in the eye normally make one see better?” the answer of course is “no.” When Jesus put mud in the blind man’s eyes maybe he through, what are you doing Lord? What Jesus did didn’t seem helpful or even right. But sometimes that’s the way Jesus works in our lives. He adds some irritant to our life and then says, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.”

 

The blind man with the muddied eyes actually went to the Pool of Siloam where he washed and received his sight. But where is the Pool of Siloam for us? Later in the gospel Jesus will say, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you” (John 15:3). In Ephesians it speaks of being washed with the water of the word of God (Eph. 5:26). Jesus allows irritations into our lives and then directs us to His word for clarity and sight. When Jesus puts mud in our eyes and you ask, “Lord what are you doing?” Go to God’s word for direction, comfort, and spiritual sight. Go to the water of the word of God to wash the mud off and see like never before.

 

Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”

Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.”

He said, “I am he.”

10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”

11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”

12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?”

He said, “I do not know.”

 

That this was a man born blind and that he had been healed was undeniable. Some people say healing isn’t possible. The Sadducees didn’t believe in healing or miracles - that’s why they were sad-you-see. It’s undeniable that Jesus healed people in His ministry. Even His enemies could not deny that. Jesus can and does heal today. We should give God glory for that and always seek and pray for healing. But the healing is up to Him.

 

13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”

16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.”

Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.

 

Here is a good example of what the Bible means when it says, “the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Cor. 3:6). There are some who have so many points doctrinally that they can’t get close to anyone and no one can get close to them; they are like doctrinal or legalistic porcupines. And sadly legalism keeps many people from experiencing the life of the Spirit to be found in Jesus. A religious man-centered, tradition oriented world view quenches the Spirit or at least keeps people from enjoying the rich blessings of God. Religion kills and quenches, the Spirit gives life.

 

17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?”

He said, “He is a prophet.”

18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”

20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

 

The healing of the blind man was absolute and undeniable. Even his parents verified who this man was and that he was born blind. But all the Pharisees could do was intimidate and threaten. To e put out of the synagogue was to lose contact with a central and critical place of fellowship. To be kicked out of the synagogue meant people would be shamed and ostracized outcasts in their community. No one wanted to risk that.

 

Religion uses fear, guilt and intimidation to control people. Jesus heals and blesses people. Jesus values people over religion.

 

24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”

25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”

27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”

28 Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. 29 We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”

30 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!

 

This is an important conversation. This healed man and all in earshot of this discussion are seeing the spiritual blindness and fleshly attitude of the Pharisees. Rather than rejoice that someone born blind has been healed, they are caught up in envy and concerned they are not in control.

 

31 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”

 

It was clear that Jesus was from God and that He had worked this sign of healing the man born blind.

 

34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.

 

Yes, to them he was nothing; a mere sinner. But sinners who turn to Jesus find wisdom and new life.

 

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”

37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”

 

Jesus went to the man when He heard he was being persecuted for stating the truth about Jesus. Whenever we stand for Jesus and suffer for it, Jesus will hear about it and come to us with a comforting word.

 

38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.

 

And when Jesus came to this healed man and revealed Himself to him his response was, “Lord, I believe! And he worshipped Him.” His belief in Jesus was a constant life action (i.e. “believe” grammatically is in the Greek Present/Active/Indicative of pisteou which conveys an ongoing action of the verb). When he said “Lord, I believe!” it was an exclamation, “Lord, I believe and will continue to believe for the rest of my life!”

 

How do we know his faith was real; saving? The natural fruit and evidence of saving faith is worship! Worship is the exclamation point of our salvation. If you can’t or won’t worship Jesus when you “believe” in Him for salvation, you need to ask why that is. This man’s saving faith was evidenced by his exclamation of worship.

 

When Jesus gets hold of your heart, you will sing. You don’t have to be an opera star. You may not be able to sing a lick. But when you go from the depths to the heights with Jesus, when you go from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, all by God’s grace through faith in Jesus, how can you not sing? The joy of the good news you experience when you repent of your sins and receive forgiveness for those sins through faith in Jesus will well up within you bursting forth in song and adoration of the Lord. It was natural for this healed and saved blind man to sing when he experienced the benefits and blessings of a new eternal life in Jesus.

 

A.W. Tozer, in his book Whatever Happened to Worship? said the following about worship:

 

I am of the opinion that we should not be concerned about working for God until we have learned the meaning and delight of worshipping Him. A worshiper can work with eternal quality in his work. But a worker who does not worship is only piling up wood, hay and stubble for the time when God sets the world on fire . . . . God is trying to call us back to that for which He created us – to worship Him and enjoy Him forever! (p. 12)

 

Tozer goes on to further state of worship:

 

If we are truly among the worshipers we will not be spending our time with carnal or worldly religious projects. . . . I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” (p. 13).

 

How important is worship? A.W. Tozer wrote of the importance of worship saying:

I would rather worship God than do any other thing I know of in all this world. ... I cannot sing a lick, but that is nobody’s business. God thinks I am an opera star! . . . The beautiful part of worship is that it prepares you and enables you to zero in on the important things that must be done for God. Listen to me! Practically every great deed done in the church of Christ all the way back to the apostle Paul was done by people blazing with the radiant worship of their God. . . . Wherever the church has come out of her lethargy, rising from her sleep and into the tides of revival and spiritual renewal, always the worshippers were back of it. (p. 18, 19)

As you can see, Tozer felt worship was very important if not the most important thing in the life of a Christian. And the Bible would bear that emphasis out too. Worship is what we will be doing for an eternity. Therefore, if we claim to believe in Him and have no desire to worship Him we should question the genuineness of our faith. Worship is evidence of a new song put in the heart by God (Psalm 40:3). If you genuinely believe in the Lord you will worship Him. For the man born blind and healed it was the reasonable thing to do (Romans 12:1-2). He didn’t have to be told to worship Jesus. His worship flowed from his life changing experience with Jesus.

 

What is your response to Jesus? Do you believe in Him? Have you been changed from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God? Do you worship Him?

 

39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”

40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?”

41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.

 

Jesus said he came into the world for the purpose of judgment. Wherever Jesus went and today wherever the name of Jesus is mentioned a judgment is assessed. Jesus creates decisive moments. When we come into contact with Jesus a decision must be made. Indecision is decision. If you are not for Jesus you are against Him. Where do you stand with Jesus? Are you for Him or against Him?

 

Jesus says,” To whom much is given, from him much will be required” (Luke 12:48). These Pharisees had been entrusted with the word of God. They had been given the opportunity of the best education and training in the scriptures. And yet, they were willfully blind to Jesus. The man born blind came to have true vision. The Pharisees remained inexcusably lost in religious darkness.

 

Will you make a life commitment to Jesus in faith? Will you worship Him? Come to Jesus and receive true vision.

 



[1] Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (p. 514). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (pp. 514–515). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (p. 519). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.