TESTIMONY OF THE BLIND MAN

Leslie M. John

“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” (John 9:4-5)

Jesus answered the question, from His disciples as to whether it was because of the blind man’s sin from birth, or the sin of his parents that he was born blind, saying that the man was blind not because of his sin, or of his parents but that the works of the Father may be glorified in him. He said, it was apt that He should heal him, because the dark days are ahead soon. He affirmed that as long as He was in this world, He was the light of the world.

While the Pharisees watched if Jesus healed him on the Sabbath day, He not only healed the blind man but he made clay on the ground from His spit. He, then, applied the clay to the eyes of the blind man, and then said to him to go and wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam. Jesus was clearly showing that if the work involved on Sabbath day is for doing good for some body it is not a violation of Sabbath command.

The man’s neighbors wondered and watched with surprise that he, who was blind from his birth, was able to see with his eyes. Some of them accepted the fact that he was the same blind man, while some others did not believe that he was the same man; but the blind man boldly acknowledged that it was he who was blind.

On inquiry the blind man gave a testimony that a man named Jesus made clay on the ground with his spit, and applied it to his eyes, and then said to him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. He continued saying that he obeyed the command from Jesus, and went washed his eyes in the pool of Siloam, and thereby he was healed. On further inquiry as to where Jesus was; he said he did not know where He was.

The blind man, who was healed, was brought before the Pharisees because Jesus healed him on the Sabbath day. They were curious to know who healed him. They never saw anyone born blind receive sight, and, therefore, argued within themselves, and some said Jesus was from God, while some others said He was not from God because He did not keep the Sabbath Command. This difference of opinion brought division among them and they questioned the man as to what he thought about Jesus. The man said He was a prophet. His thinking was apt because until then Prophets came and spoke the word of God. Jesus was not only Prophet, Priest, King but He was the Son of God. Many prophets came until then, of whom John the Baptist was the last one, and Jesus was the Son of God, the very God Himself.

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:1-3) Lord Jesus Christ was the only begotten of the Father and was sent into this world to save sinners. He had the power to forgive sins. He forgave the man with Palsy at the Bethesda pool, and he forgave the prostitute woman, who was caught red-handed, when she was sinning. Jews did not understand that He was the Messiah. Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes were always after Him to find fault with Him and to harm Him.

The man answered Jews and explained to them with much patience as to how Jesus healed him, yet they did not believe in his assertion. How much God loved the children of Israel, and yet they rejected Jesus as their Messiah!

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Matthew 23:37)