Later when he confronted his brothers who had sold him into slavery, he had the perspective to say in verse 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. As it was with Joseph, so it is with this man born blind. Let us tell simply and eagerly what Christ has done for us. AN OUNCE OF EXPERIENCE IS WORTH A TON OF THEORY. Jesus does not say that this man or his parents had never sinned. He startles with results, never with processes. It is something given, and not something inflicted.II. So the sinner has no proper notion of the connection between this life and the next, or of the relation of spiritual things to God. He saw the past history of this man and His parents; and saw, too, his future history, how boldly, nay, how doggedly he would confess Christ, and how abundantly he would glorify God. )The Light of the worldChristian Age.Jesus was passing out to avoid stoning; but without fear or hurry. Just the fact that Jesus can heal the eyes of a man born blind–that in itself is an eye-opener, in the sense of it being something startling or surprising. As the miracle was a "sign" of salvation, blindness is typical of the condition of the sinner.1. The blind man had never seen father, mother, friend, books, landscape. Its a recipe for conflict. Jesus does not say that this man or his parents had never sinned. 1. Ryle. Clark. Those are the words of someone who understands that his story is not complete. II. THE RECOGNITION. In their presence the wounded instinctively hide themselves away, and the eloquence of want is suppressed and silent. THE PROBLEM. 7, 35-38).II. W. Bacon, D. D.)Characteristics of blindnessM. 7, 35-38). He may grope round a tree, but he can form no idea of its position in the landscape; he may have some idea of the earth he treads on, but none of its relation to the heavenly bodies. THE COMMENCEMENT AND THE REAL EXPLANATION OF THE WHOLE PROCESS IS TO BE FOUND IN THE MERCY OF GOD. Had He been untruthful, we might have pronounced them false; but we know that He was incapable of a lie. So He sees what every man may become under Divine grace (vers. (John 1:4-5, NKJV) He was following the light he had, and this is ever the way to fuller and clearer light. The calamities and penalties under which multitudes lie are clearly of their own intelligent seeking. He whose mind is blinded by unbelief, prejudice, or passion can never rightly discharge his duty. God's goodness in providence: that blind men so often see more than those who have sight. But it is a greater change when God converts a soul and makes all things new.5. Had He been untruthful, we might have pronounced them false; but we know that He was incapable of a lie. He knew that His work was great, but His time limited. G. Pearse.I knew such a blind man once — sharp, shrewd, clever. He could not be coerced into suppression nor corrupted into a lie. The test of a locomotive is not the noise in the whistle, but the pull in the cylinders. M. 4. So He saw Paul in the persecuting Saul, the reformer in the monk Martin Luther. Jesus thought you special enough to die for you and to dwell in you with the Holy Spirit. So should everyone tell his experience of salvation.(J. A SIMPLE TESTIMONY (ver. He startles with results, never with processes. To the woman at the well He was "living water"; to the sisters of Lazarus, "the Resurrection and the Life. Is it not I, the Lord?" There was implicit obedience to the Divine command. THE RECOGNITION. It was borne with unflinching boldness. So He sees what every man may become under Divine grace (vers. Note his condition, and his steps from darkness to light.1. The man is a small but necessary factor in the redemptive process, in the ultimate result. The doctor kept trying, and the patient gazed intently; but the most of an answer that could be got from the young man was that he saw "something white." As the miracle was a "sign" of salvation, blindness is typical of the condition of the sinner.1. Action is the ultimate speech of conviction, the measure of its strength, the test of its sincerity. So should everyone tell his experience of salvation.(J. This was the obedience of faith.4. God only knows what that is. Kingly authority. Every untoward condition of our human life has some beneficent and glorious possibility in it. "(5) Instrumentally (ver. Because the time was short (ver. He saw in this blind beggar splendid possibilities. Against all blandishment and all abuse that indomitable man was loyal to his benefactor and true to himself.IV. Here we have illustration of how small and empty our measures and judgments are apt to be, when they would gauge the purposes and deeds of the Infinite. As the miracle was a "sign" of salvation, blindness is typical of the condition of the sinner. Now, it is a very notable fact, that in the gospel accounts of the healing of the blind, written in an age when "it had not been heard since the world began that anyone had opened the eyes of a man born blind," there is not a syllable that is inconsistent with the facts of psycho-physiology as they have been demonstrated so many centuries later. He gave His command like a king, "Go, wash." There were man-made customs in the way, but He brushed them aside as one who spoke with authority.
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