Lord, I Believe!

Then he said, "Lord, I believe!

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Lord, I Believe
JOHN 9 BIBLE STUDY

John 9:35-41 Lord, I Believe!

JOHN 9:35-38  35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” 36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” 37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” 38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.

What were the stages in the blind man's identification of Jesus?
“The Man called Jesus.” (John 9:11)
“He is a prophet.” (John 9:17)
“Lord.” (John 9:38)

What should the man have done the instant he saw Jesus in John 9:35?
Fall to his knees and thank Jesus.

Why didn’t he do that?
He didn’t recognize Jesus because he hadn’t yet seen Him. Remember, Jesus put clay on the man's eyes and was gone by the time he returned after washing in the pool.

So why might Jesus have healed him using clay to be washed off?
Perhaps to give him an 'action' story to tell instead of just, “He said something, and I saw,” and also to give him a chance to make all the more commendable stance in front of the authorities by witnessing for someone he knew but hadn't yet seen face to face.

In that sense, how is his testimony similar to ours today?
We also know who Jesus is and what He did for us, but have yet to see Him face to face.

True or false - ultimately, God is the one who allows disease or suffering to take place?
True, because He is ultimately sovereign over all situations: "Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered." (Matthew 10:29-30)

Then what are some of the different Biblical examples of why God allows disease or suffering?
1.  To demonstrate His power to heal: "that the works of God should be revealed" (John 9:3);
2.  To be blessed: "Even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed." (1 Peter 3:14);
3.  To punish sin: “See, you have been made well. Sin no more...” (John 5:14);
4.  To punish parents' sin: "For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations." (Exodus 20:5); and,
5.  To demonstrate and develop our faith (the entire book of Job).
Note that disease and suffering entered the world when sin entered. There was no disease, suffering or death when God created the world, and there will be none when we are reconciled to God: "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4).

JOHN 9:39-41  39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” 40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains."

To whom is Jesus speaking in John 9:39?
It sounds more like a declaration to the crowd, which includes "the Pharisees who were with Him," (John 9:40) than a private statement to the man He had healed.

What is Jesus saying?
He is speaking in the spiritual realm, saying that His presence overturns the world's notion of who is right and wrong, whereby those whom the world sees as visionaries - i.e., the Pharisees - are exposed to be spiritually blind, while those whom the world ignores turn out to be spiritually discerning.

Does it hit a nerve with the Pharisees?
Yes, "Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” (John 9:40)

What is Jesus' response in John 9:41?
Their self-proclaimed spiritual knowledge convicts them of their own sins.

What did the Pharisees end up doing to the healed man?
"They cast him out." (John 9:34)

Does something like that happen today to those who turn to Christ?
All the time. Becoming Christian doesn't just rock our world, but also those of our family and friends, who often don't know what to make of our conversion and witnessing, feel uncomfortable, and could end up "casting us out" as well. But what we believe must be a function of the truth, not a function of the potential fallout from the conversion. And don't just believe who Jesus is; believe also in His sovereignty over earthly relationships. Submit first to the truth of Jesus, then ask Him to manage those relationships as He sees best, and to use you to touch your family and friends with His truth as well. And remember the blind man, as well as the Christians in Muslim nations who risk imprisonment, torture and even death for their faith but continue to stand fearlessly for Jesus, just like the blind man.

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