November 3, 2002
v. 5 - “ I am the Light of the world” - sign - semeion -
Throughout John, Christ works are presented as "signs" that
He is indeed, the Christ of God, the Messiah, the Savior of the world!
The Lord confirms by a sign to a man born blind that He
is the Light of the world, by giving eyesight as well as light!
“Known unto God are all His works from the beginning
of the world” - Acts 15:18
He made light - Gen. 1:14-19
Unfortunately, throughout history, there have been people
who have worshipped the sun. By it, worshipping a thing
created instead of the Creator.
I have been talking about the greatest mistake one can
ch. 7:19 - “ye know neither know me nor my
ch. 15:21 - “they know not Him that sent me”
ch. 5:40 - “ye will not come to me that ye might
ch. 7:19 - “Where is the Father?”
John 1:1-3 Col. 1:12-20
Malachi 4:2 - “But unto you that fear my name shall
the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in
His wings” -
Rev. 21:22-23 Luke 1:76-80
Background of Jesus’ statement in ch. 8:12
Instituted during inter-Biblical period.
Feast of Dedication - commemorated the
reconsecration of the Temple by Judas Macabaeus
after the gross profanation of it by Antiochus
Epiphanes who is connected by a subordinate
who attempted to offer swine on the altar.
The feast lasted eight days, the instance of the
feast mentioned in Scripture - it was distinguished
by the illumination of the city & temple with lights
increased each night - therefore it is called also
the Feast of Lights.
v. 3 - Purpose of the poor man’s life - a life long
blindness afforded an opportunity - a sign -
(as it were) to illuminate this man, both
bodily & spiritually - affecting him not only
physically, but morally and spiritually.
An occasion for the exercise & display of Divine
power and goodness!
v. 4 - Work for the Night is Coming - song - Christ
went about doing good every hour, every
moment - I have never reached this plateau!?
v. 5 - “I am the Light” - man is surrounded by floods
of light but mankind hates the light and loves
darkness. A radical and fundamental change
must come over him or he will never see.
It takes a new beginning, a new birth, a work on man
that only can be wrought by God!!!
vs. 6-7 - Jesus’ action - He said “Go” - the man “went”
“and came seeing”
It was more than grasping at a straw.
vs. 8-9 - I think of the blind man in Somerset back in
the 50’s that I used to see on the street corner
vending packages of chewing gum.
v. 41 - Trials and tribulations of life are hard
Ms. Augusta Freeman, my Grandmother, Mr. Hanberry,
Blindness, muscular disfunctiions, paralysis, deafness,
unfortunately, there are a worst things.
v. 11 - “a man named Jesus.....said unto me, go...wash..
and I went.....washed...received my sight”
v. 14 - Sabbath Day - Mark 2:27 - Personhood
of the Pharisees.
v. 17 - Healing Power - a Divine Commission
vs. 18-23 - Pressure on the parents - threat of
excommunication/social & religious
Mark the parents cowardice.
Mark the testimony of the blind man.
v. 25 - “one thing I know whereas I was blind, now
What happened to the man was impossible to ignore,
it was very difficult to explain.
The burden of proof was on the Pharisees.
Healing - the desire of all men.
Jesus - “the Desire of all nations” - can do this
v. 26 - Twisting the truth/damage control/spin
v. 27 - “I have told you” - with excommunication
hanging over his head also, but he remained
true to Jesus.
v. 29 - Greatest mistake reiterated - “as for this
fellow, we know not from whence He is”
v. 30 - “why herein is a marvelous thing” that you
don’t know Him!
How can one go through life in those days or now, in
this Information Age, and not know the King of Glory?
Also, in light of the fact - “the grace of God that
bringeth salvation, has appeared to all men.”
v. 31 - Ps. 66:18-19 - “we know” - by experience??
vs. 32-33 - There is no record in the Old Testament
of anyone ever cured of blindness.
“if this man were not from God” he could not do this.
“from God” - the final answer of the man whose sight
What is your final answer? Would you give your eyes
for a million dollars? would you give your heart? for
your legs? for your brain? for some people the brain
isn’t doing them any good, neither the heart.
I have heard it said that many will miss Heaven by
12 inches, the distance from the head to the heart.
Then, what about your soul? would you sell it for
a cool million?
Jesus asked in Matt. 8:36-37
v. 34 - Innuendoes - they violently cast him out of
They answer unanswerable logic with insults
Acts 6:10 Experiencing Jesus’ prophecy
in Luke 21:12-19
By confessing Jesus and supporting Christ’s highest
claims, the man made himself liable to the curse
mentioned in v. 22.
v. 35 - Christ brought the man to a much nobler
fellowship - Christ, the Good Shepherd,
seeks His sheep that was cast away.
“I am thy Shield and Exceeding Great Reward”
The Pharisees should have coveted this.
“Dost thou believe in the Son of God?”
v. 36 - A speedy reply!
“Who is He Lord, that I might believe?”
If you are making or have made the greatest
mistake in life - this should be your humble
and speedy request also!
v. 38 - May your testimony be his - “Lord, I
believe.......and he worshipped Him”
Those who believe will also worship Him!
“Lord, help my unbelief!” - the request of a
very concerned father in Mark 9:24
v. 39 - “For judgment I am come into this world”
“this world”- separated from God and in need
of His Grace.
What men think of Christ is the question demanded
in every age, which will determine our status for
The effects - “that they which see not might see &
that they which see might be made
In their freedom of expression, privacy, and Pro-
Choice losing their spiritual sight while the
unsophisticated, needy, publicans and harlots,
sitting in the region of the shadow of death, find
that Light and see!
Unbelief always seeks to justify itself in some way -
none are so blind as those who will not see.
Quote in the fly leaf of my Bible.
Judicially blinded - they despise the revelation
I Thess. 2: 7-12
The blindness is fatal.
You and I are responsible for this blindness
called, for a lack of a better term, all of us
included, called PRO-CHOICE.
v. 41 - “therefore your sin remaineth”
The center of sin is “I”
D. L. Moody
The blind man was not only physically cured
but spiritually ENLIGHTENED!