John – “But Who Do You Say That I Am?” – John 9:6-12

In the last post, we looked at a suffering blind man and some questions that the disciples had regarding his condition and we looked at how God uses suffering in our lives. In this post, we are going to look at the actual miracle by Jesus to restore this man’s sight and the start of the reaction to it.

Before we do that though, in the last post, I neglected one other way God will use suffering in our lives and it’s the most hardest for Christians to understand or accept…for correction. Doubtful this was the case of this blind man that Jesus encounters but God will use suffering in our lives either personally or nationally to get us back on the right path. It is my firm belief of the reason why we have this crisis now in our country with COVID-19. Any decent parent will tell you that sometimes you have to give your kids a spanking to correct them and get their attention and that is what God is doing to America and perhaps the world right now…giving us a spanking. 9/11 didn’t get our attention. Oh it did for a while but then we rebelled against God and elected Barack Obama as president for not just one but two terms. Then God gave us Donald Trump to right the wrongs that Obama created and we rebelled against that so God is giving America another “spanking”. God is doing this to correct us because He love us much like when a parent spanks their child. They don’t do it out of anger. They do it out of love. If you know your Bible then I am sure you are aware of Proverbs 3 and verses 11 & 12 where Solomon says…

(11) My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; (12) For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. … Proverbs 3:11-12 NKJV

One of my favorite verses regarding God’s correction comes from Hebrews. If you know your Bible then you know it as well…

(11) Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. … Hebrews 12:11 NKJV

In other words, God’s correction, painful as it may be, will put us on the right path if we have learned anything from it. Whether America has learned anything from this latest “correction” by God remains to be seen. Enough about that and now let’s move on to the study on the passage for this post. As always the text link for the entire chapter and audio is included so you can follow along but before we get started, let’s pray…

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this time again in Your Word. As our country, and the world, try to get back to some type of normalcy from this major disruption in our lives, Father we pray that we will learn from this and set our country back on the right path, that is back to You, no matter how that has to be accomplished. Thank You, Lord, for blessing our lives, keeping us and our families safe and please help those who are suffering intensely right now in this crisis and we pray that they turn to You Lord for comfort. Right now Lord, we turn to Your Word. We put away all distractions and we come with open hearts and open minds to hear what You have to say. Speak Lord for Your servants are listening! In the saving name of Jesus Christ we pray…Amen!

John 9

Continuing in John Chapter 9 now….

(6) 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. (7) 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. (8) Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” (9) 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.” … John 9:6-12 NKJV

What we are reading here is the sixth sign that John talks about in his Gospel giving proof of the deity of Jesus Christ. The first sign, if you remember, was changing the water into wine at the wedding in Cana. The second sign was the healing of the nobleman’s son that we read about in Chapter 4. The third sign was the healing of the impotent man in Chapter 5. The fourth sign was the feeding of the five thousand in Chapter 6. The fifth sign was Jesus walking on the water and rescuing the disciples also found in Chapter 6 and now we come to the sixth sign…the healing of this blind man. Let’s look at this passage a bit more closely now…

vv 6-7 – (6) 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. (7) 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.

Jesus had just finished answering His disciples about their question of this man’s suffering and now it was time for Him to get to work so to speak. Jesus spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva. My first impression was “Yuck!” LOL! It was probably a good thing this man was blind so he couldn’t see what Jesus was actually doing! LOL! There is a lot of speculation about why Jesus did this. Some say that the man had no eyes and Jesus made eyes for him in this manner. It is possible because it was the way man was formed to begin with. We read in Genesis…

(7) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. … Genesis 2:7 NKJV

If He could make man this way, then eyes would have been made that way as well? Something to think about but not that important.

The best explanation of why though was that Jesus was using the lowest and dirtiest things on this earth to create a miracle. The Lord uses the dirtiest and most objectionable and useless things to accomplish His purpose. This, I believe, is also a picture of sinful man, the lowest, dirtiest thing on this earth in God’s eyes, and the miracle of Christ opening the eyes of a sinner and changing his or her life forever!

After rubbing the saliva clay mixture into the blind man’s eyes, Jesus then tells the blind man to Go, wash in the pool of Siloam. Jesus is testing the faith of this blind man and also calling upon some effort on his part to complete the miracle. This was one of the few times in The Gospels where Jesus helped someone without being asked to. For the most part, Jesus didn’t do anything for anyone unless they came to Him in faith believing that He could do it. This miracle however, was to prove His deity to not only the disciples but to the rest of the onlookers. He calls upon the man’s faith though and tells him to wash in the pool. Even though this man was blind, he was probably aware of where this pool was. The name of the pool was Siloam and John tells us what this means in parentheses. It means the word Sent. There were other pools in the temple area that this man could have gone to so why here? It was because it was a reference to the Messiah, Jesus, the One sent by God who would bring “sight” to a blind world.

It is really hard to tell from the passage whether this man really had faith that Jesus would give him sight or not. It could have been a “what have I got to lose?” moment because he was tired of being blind and at this point was willing to try anything. It could have been that he just wanted to get the crud out of his eyes! LOL! Anyway, the man did what Jesus told him to do and he received his sight. This wasn’t a gradual thing that happened over time. It was instantaneous! It was a pivotal moment in this man’s life because he had been blind his entire life and had been begging on the streets to survive and now he could see! Moving on to verse 8…

vv 8-9 – (8) Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” (9) Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.”

The people who knew this man and the fact that he was blind couldn’t believe that he was able to see now. They ask the question Is not this he who sat and begged?. There was a noticeable improvement in this man that they could actually see. Some of them said This is he while some of the others refused to believe it was him and said He is like him. The proof that it was him though was when the man takes away all doubt and says I am he. Besides the physical aspect of this miracle that Jesus performs on this blind man, it is also a picture of what a truly saved person should look like to others…a noticeable improvement. The fact is that even though they knew that this man was blind, there was a noticeable improvement that they really couldn’t deny even though it prompted questions…this man could now see! If we are truly saved, others should be taking notice of a changed life not a “business as usual” life. People may try to explain a changed person’s life away but there should be no doubt about the person being changed. Let’s finish out this passage. …

vv 10-12 – (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.”

The obvious question is now asked How were your eyes opened?. How could a person who was born blind just suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere suddenly have sight? This was truly a wonderful and marvelous thing that happened! Psalm 111 says…

(2) The works of the LORD are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. … Psalms 111:2 NKJV

There was no better example of this than what happened to this blind man and should have prompted questions.

The man who was blind now just simply responds by telling them what had happened. At that particular time, the man really didn’t know that Jesus was God in human flesh so he says a Man called Jesus rubbed the clay into his eyes and told him to go to the pool of Siloam and wash. Again this is a picture of someone who’s life has been changed by Jesus. This man was in fact, giving his testimony. He was just simply stating the facts of what happened. This man’s testimony will become bolder as this chapter moves along when he begins to realize who Jesus really is but for now he is just simply telling them what happened. This is what our testimony should be…just simply stating the facts. One other note before moving on. If we have truly experienced the Lord’s power and goodness in our lives then we should never shy away from telling others about it! Psalm 34, David says…

(3) Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together. (4) I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. (5) They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. (6) This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. … Psalms 34:3-6 NKJV

We owe it to our Savior to show and tell others about the goodness and power that Jesus has in our lives!

The next question that the crowd asks is Where is He? We are not exactly sure why the crowd asks this question. Some probably asked just out of curiosity sort of like “Where is he so we can see him?”. Others perhaps meant the question to cause harm to Jesus. The question, “Where is he that we may seize him?”. That may have not been too far from the truth either because, not to get too far ahead of ourselves, in John Chapter 11, there was a proclamation out at the time that if anyone knew where Jesus was, they were to report it to the chief priests and the Pharisees. …

(57) Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him. … John 11:57 NKJV

It could also be too that others really wanted to get to know Jesus because they believed on Him. The question, “Where is He that we can get to know Him?” Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you want to look at the situation, the man didn’t know where Jesus was. He also wasn’t really too sure who Jesus was either but he had an idea and his testimony will reveal his beliefs as the chapter progresses.

So to close out this post out and our two part look at suffering and why God allows it, the most important thing to remember is that suffering in this lifetime, our lifetime, is only temporary. Suffering in eternity is permanent! Whatever you and I are going through in our lives right now, is nothing compared to what you will go through in the future if you do not accept Jesus Christ into your life! A relationship with Jesus Christ is more important than the economy, more important than the upcoming election, more important than a vaccine for this virus, and more important than anything that is happening in your life right now! That may tough for some of you to hear right now and you may be thinking to yourself, “You must not be suffering at all right now!”. Man, I wish that were the case but the fact is I’m suffering too right now with uncertainty of whether or not I am going to be able to go back to work or not. If I can’t go back to my occupation because of this virus, then I am going to have to “re-invent” myself at age 59. The truth is too, I have suffered just about my entire life in one form or another. I have had way more bad times than “good” times in my life but the fact is I have been able to handle the bad times a lot better now with Jesus Christ in my life! You might be also saying to yourself, “You don’t know or care about what I am going through!”. You’re right in one way. I don’t know what you’re going through right now but you’re wrong because I do care otherwise I wouldn’t be trying to convince you that you need to make a life change by accepting Jesus if you haven’t done so already. I may not know what you are going through but Jesus does and He can help you! This COVID-19 virus might be a way of Jesus throwing that “life preserver” out to you and telling you to grab it so He can pull you in like a lifeguard rescuing a drowning person! The fact is that we are all drowning! We are drowning in a thing called sin and Jesus is the only rescue for it! When you accept Jesus into your life, you’re sin slate is wiped clean and you become a “new creation”! Paul says this in 2 Corinthians where tells us…

(17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. … 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

For those of you who don’t know who Paul was before he found Christ, he was a murderer of Christians! He was known as Saul of Tarsus. If salvation worked for this guy then it can work for you too no matter what you’ve done. When Jesus was crucified, He was crucified with two criminals. One was on His right and the other on His left. One of them turned away from Jesus. The other one turned to Jesus. In Luke’s Gospel, he gives the account of this story…

(39) Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” (40) But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? (41) And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” (42) Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” (43) And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” … Luke 23:39-43 NKJV

One of them was saved. The other was not. One of them went to heaven. The other did not. What side of the cross do you want to be on? You have the chance to decide today! Without Jesus Christ, we have reason to be worried. Without Jesus Christ, we should be fretting. Without Him, we have no hope, no future, no forgiveness, no eternal life. But when we come to the cross of Calvary where Jesus died for our sins, when we ask for forgiveness on the basis of His blood shed there, when we pray to Him, asking Him to become our Savior and Lord, He saves us and sets us free. He gives us peace. That’s what we all need during this pandemic! Putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ will give you the answers you are looking for and the comfort you seek! If you are truly ready…I mean everything that you’ve tried just isn’t working in your life…and you’re ready for Christ to change your heart and your life, then all you have to do is ask Him to come into your life! In Romans 10:9-13, Paul says:

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” … (Romans 10:9-13 NIV)

Now just pray this simple short prayer. Remember it really doesn’t matter what you say. What matters is that what you say comes from your heart!…

“Dear Lord, I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that don’t please you. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry and I repent. I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you. Amen.”

If you’ve prayed the above prayer with a sincere heart, then you are saved. The next step is to start going to church, getting baptized to publicly profess your faith, and reading the Bible and learning God’s Word. I pray with all of my heart that you prayed the above prayer! Please let me know if you need any help with your new “walk” with Christ! ( *_* )