1 ¶ And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 6 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, 7 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.
8 ¶ The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. 10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? 11 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. 12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
13 ¶ They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. 14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 15 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. 16 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. 17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine 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 that had received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth 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 seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. 22 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. 23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. 24 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. 25 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. 26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? 27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? 28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. 29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. 30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. 31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. 32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. 33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. 34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
35 ¶ 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? 36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
39 ¶ 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. 40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
There are several things to note in the story of the blind man who was healed. This was one of the few instances where no one sought healing for the blind man nor did he asked to be healed . It is also one of the only instances where Jesus takes a foreign substance and uses it in the healing process.
Jesus almost always says that it was the individual's faith, or what he calls virtue, that saved them in that it allowed healing to go out of Him and to enter and heal the individual.
Uniquely this man also did not see until after Jesus had left and so he did not know Jesus by sight. So beginning in verse 35 Jesus goes and talks with the man and asks, "Dost thou believe on the Son of God?"
The man does believe but the Pharisees said they believed in Moses yet did not know Jesus. But we see in John 5:46 where Jesus says, "For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me."
The 'all we need to be saved is to believe in Jesus' Christian is correct in their proclamation of the importance of faith. But they have to believe in the real Jesus. The Pharisees thought they believed in the real Moses but in truth they did not.
- John 7:19 "Did not Moses give you the law, and [yet] none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?"
The reason they wanted to kill Him is because he was exposing them as false followers of Moses or true followers of a false Moses made up by them and other deceivers.
The Ten Laws are given as guideposts to let us know if we are following the path of God which is The Way of Jesus. If we are coveting our neighbor's goods through the agency of Benefactors who exercise authority then we are making the word of God to none effect and not keeping the commandments nor following Jesus nor giving evidence of the fruit of repentance.
They should know that they shall Not inherit the kingdom.
True believers in the Real Jesus will know there is something wrong with the modern forms of Christianity which claim to follow Christ. They will know this because they will be willing to hear and see the truth in their hearts and minds when it is professed.
So are you a real Christian?
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- Mark 5:30 "And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?"
- Luke 6:19 "And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all."
- Luke 8:46 "And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me."
- This is the word dunamis often translated power:
- 1411 ~δύναμις~ dunamis \@doo’-nam-is\@ from 1410; n f AV-power 77, mighty work 11, strength 7, miracle 7, might 4, virtue 3, mighty 2, misc 9; 120
- 1) strength power, ability
- 1a) inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its
- 1b) power for performing miracles
- 1c) moral power and excellence of soul
- 1d) the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
- 1e) power and resources arising from numbers
- 1f) power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts