In Part 1, we learned about the healing of the man born blind. In Part 2, we learned sin keeps us in darkness. Today, we rejoice that Jesus gives spiritual sight. At this point in our text, the man has been removed from the synagogue. They didn't just tell him to leave; they excommunicated him. So, even though this man was healed and finally able to stop begging, he couldn't. Being kicked out of the synagogue meant no one would hire him. He would be forced to go back on the street and beg.
Jesus knew what had taken place and went to find the man. John 9:35 says, "Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, 'Do you believe in the Son of Man?'"
Isn't that amazing? Jesus went looking for this man. Even though he had been healed physically, he was still spiritually blind. So, Jesus went looking for Him. When He found him, Jesus asked, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"(9:35) Jesus took the initiative to go to this man. That's the reality of how we're all saved. We didn't seek after God. Paul tell us in Romans 3:11, "No one seeks for God." The Bible repeatedly stresses the truth that our salvation is not because we thought it was a good idea or that we went looking for Jesus. Instead, God is the one who seeks after those who are dead in their trespasses and sins, and God is the one who gives us faith as a gift. Our salvation is, as Paul words it in Ephesians 1:6, "to the praise of his glorious grace."
Every part of our salvation is God and God alone. He's glorified in our salvation because it's His work. If we were able to choose God on our own without Him making us alive, providing us grace, and giving us faith, then we could share in God's glory. But instead, all glory goes to Christ, because we're saved completely because of Him.
We must believe in Jesus for who He is for our spiritual blindness to be healed. In verse 35, Jesus asked this formerly blind man, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"(9:35) The man responded, "And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" (9:36). Jesus responded saying, "You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you." He said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him (9:37).
This man rightly responded to Jesus, believed in Him as Savior and Lord, and worshiped Him (9:38). Every single person is going to have to answer the same question: "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
If we're to believe in the Son of Man, that means we believe Jesus is the eternal Word who took on human flesh and offered Himself as the sacrifice for our sins (John 1:14, 18; 3:13; 12:23, 32, 34). We must admit we're sinners and to trust that Christ's death on the cross will atone for all our sins. And we must genuinely believe in Jesus as our Savior.
Jesus came in flesh to give sight to the spiritually blind, but He also came to judge those who think they can see but can't. After the man believe in Jesus and worshiped Him, Jesus, says in verse 39, "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind." Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, "Are we also blind?" Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, 'We see,' your guilt remains."
What John wants us to see in these final verses is that we will remain in spiritual blindness when we insist we can save ourselves. The way the Pharisees responded to Jesus was with sarcasm when they said, "Are we also blind?" (9:40)
They weren't genuinely concerned whether or not they are spiritually blind. They believed they could see because of their knowledge of Scripture and dedication to their rituals. If anyone assumes they don't need help and can find salvation on their own, Jesus will leave them in their spiritual blindness.
In verse 41, Jesus said to the Pharisees, "If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, 'We see,' your guilt remains. Jesus is essentially saying, "If you admit you're blind and you need me, I'll heal you and you won't face judgment. If you reject me, your rejection keeps you in your sin. Pride keeps you from experiencing the grace of Christ.
Our passage gives us great hope and a great warning. We have hope because we have a great Savior. Jesus came into this world to shine His light into darkness. To give sight to the blind. To save people who are dead in their trespasses and sins. And all of those who put their faith, hope, and trust in Christ as Savior and Lord will have the veil removed. They'll be washed clean. They'll see Christ. And they'll worship Him.
But we also have a great warning in our text. If we reject the gift that Christ offers us, He will let us remain in our veiled, darkened state. And when the time comes we take our last breath, if we have not believed in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we'll face judgment. Your eternal destiny hinges on how you respond to the question, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
I believe John is pleading with all those who read our text to confess their blindness, to reject the things of this world, and to trust in Christ alone. So that we may rejoice in the work of Christ in our hearts and fall on our knees in worship.