Confessing the Lordship of Jesus Christ, by Rev. John Kwasi Fosu

Amazing Grace Baptist Church, Hamburg
Bible Study Material on John 9:8-41

In the previous lesson, we learnt that Jesus had miraculously healed the blind man. Today’s lesson demonstrates that the Pharisees found fault with Jesus because he miraculously healed the blind man on the Sabbath.

Explaining the conflict (John 9:8-34)
To the Pharisees, Jesus is not of God because he does not keep the Sabbath day. It is interesting to observe that Jesus had done a good work to a helpless fellow human being. An act of mercy had been performed. Yet the seemingly blind-hearted enemies of Christ could not see the beauty in the act. They called it a breach of the fourth Commandment!

To the religious leaders, anyone who confessed Jesus openly would be cast out of the synagogue (verse 22). This meant, of course, losing friends and family and all the benefits of the Jewish religion. It was this declaration that forced the blind man’s parents and neighbours to be imprecise when they were asked about his amazing cure.

The son’s simple confession in verse 11 exalted Jesus, though at that time he did not fully know who “the man they called Jesus” really was. The Pharisees attacked Jesus by saying he was not of God (verse 16) and calling him a sinner (verse 24). The man told what he knew (verse 25) and showed the Pharisees how foolish their thinking was (verses 30-33). The final result was that they expelled the man from the synagogue.

It would have been easy for the son to hide his confession and thus avoid controversy, but he fearlessly stood firm. He knew what a difference Jesus had made in his life, and he could not deny it. Everyone who has encountered Jesus and trusted him should make it known openly.

Some confessions of the healed man (9:35-41)
The man did not realize it then, but the safest place for him was outside the Jewish religious group. The Jews cast him out, but Jesus took him in! Like Paul (Philippians 3:1-10), this man “lost his religion” but found salvation.

Note carefully how this man grew in his knowledge of Jesus:

(1) “The man they called Jesus” (verse 11) was all he knew when Jesus healed him.
(2) “A prophet” (verse 17) is what the man called him when the Pharisees questioned him.
(3) “A man of God” (verses 31-33) is what he concluded Jesus to be.
(4) “Lord, I believe” (verses 35-38) was his final and complete confession of faith.

According to Proverbs 4:18: “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” This man’s growth in “light” proves it. A believer is one who has light in his heart (2 Corinthians 4:6) and who is a light in the world (Matthew 5:14). He walks in the light (1 John 1) and produces the fruit of light (Ephesians 5:8-9). “Lord, I believe!” was the turning point in his life.

The same light that leads one person can blind another (verses 39-41). The Pharisees admitted that they could see, and therefore they were guilty because they rejected the evidence and would not receive Jesus. The Gospel brings about different reactions from different kinds of hearts. The blind sinner receives the truth and sees, but the self-righteous person rejects the truth and becomes blind spiritually. It is a dangerous thing to reject the light.

1. Why did the religious leaders in Jesus’ time find it difficult to understand the right use of the Sabbath day?
2. State three confessions of the man who was healed.
3. How do our confessions of who Jesus is demonstrate our knowledge and relationship with him?

Jesus the miracle worker, John Kwasi Fosu

Amazing Grace Baptist Church, Hamburg

Bible study material on John 9:1-7

John 9 records one of the few great miracles of Christ that John has reported. It tells us how Jesus gave sight to a man who had been “blind from his birth.” Here, as elsewhere in the Gospel of John, we find some rich spiritual lessons from the narrative. Jesus had already explained who he was to his followers through similar miracles.

The Uniqueness of Jesus
Often Jesus would use a physical object, a person, or a setting to explain a certain spiritual aspect of his life and purpose. For example:

1. While sitting by Jacob’s well and talking to the Samaritan woman, Jesus explained that he could give her “living water” (4:10).
2. After feeding over 5000 people with two small loaves of bread, Jesus explained that he was “the bread of life” (6:35).
3. At the Feast of Tabernacles, remembering the time when Moses struck the rock in the wilderness and it brought forth water for the Israelites, Jesus told the people, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink” (7:37).
4. Again, at the Feast of Tabernacles, another symbolic act took place. Remembering the pillar of fire that guided the Israelites, Jesus told all the people, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (8:12).

Some spiritual lessons from John 7:1-7
1. The man has the characteristics of the lost sinner
He was blind (Ephesians 4:18; John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6). The unsaved, even though intellectual like Nicodemus, can never see or understand spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:14-16).
2. He was begging. The unsaved are poor in God’s sight, though perhaps rich in the eyes of the world. They are begging for something to satisfy their deepest needs.
He was helpless. He could not cure himself. Others could not cure him.
3. The cure shows how Jesus saves a sinner
He came to the man in grace. Jesus could have passed him by, for it was the Sabbath and He was supposed to rest (verse 14). While the disciples argued about the cause of the blindness, Jesus did something for the man.
4. He irritated the man. A speck of dirt irritates the eye. Imagine how cakes of clay must have felt. But the dirt in his eyes encouraged him to go wash. It is just so with the preaching of the Word. It irritates sinners with conviction so that they want to do something about their sins (Acts 2:37).
5. He cured the man by His power. The man proved his faith in the Messiah by being obedient to the Word. “Religion” today wants to give men substitutes for salvation, but only Jesus can deliver from the darkness of sin and hell.
6. The cure glorified God. All true conversions are for God’s glory alone (Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14, 2:8-10).
7. The cure was noticed by others. His parents and neighbors saw a change in his life. When a person is born again – others see the difference it makes (2 Corinthians 5:17).

1. Why are we sometimes quick to attribute the suffering of people to their own sins or the sins of their family members?
2. Comment on Jesus’ use of sign and symbol to heal the blind man in relation to the use of prophetic signs and symbols in contemporary time.
3. How could we relate the healing of the blind man in John 9 to our salvation experience?