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If this man were not of God, He could do nothing

John 9:3

It is worthy of note that it was immediately after Jesus was about to be stoned out of His Father’s house that he manifested His power as the “Light of The World,” by giving a man sight who had been born blind, John 8:59-9:1. The leading features of this chapter can be easily gathered up when we consider the story of this blind man. An article I read about this man spoke of it in this manner:

“A man blind from his birth,” this blindness has all the mystery of the origin of sin hanging about it. It was not because he or his parents had sinned in any particularly grievous form that he was born blind, as some of the Jews seemed to teach (Luke 13:2), but “that the works of God be manifest in him.” This man was born blind that the Son of God might have the opportunity of showing forth His Divine power and mercy, and also that the wickedness of their own hearts might be revealed. Was not sin originally permitted to enter the world for the same reason – that the wonderful works of God’s love and grace should be manifest in the incarnation and crucifixion of His Son? In the same way the Lazarus was permitted to die, that the glory of God might be seen in raising him from the dead, (John 11:4). It is not so much with the mystery of sin and blindness that we have to do as with the fact.

“Go wash in the pool of Siloam” John 9:7. The method of this man’s deliverance was as strange and mysterious as was the cause and origin of the disease. His eyes were anointed with clay made by a spittle, and then he was told to “go wash.” There was no virtue in the dust, nor in the spittle, nor in the clay formed, nor on the pool, nor in the washing to unseal the eyes of a man born blind, and to beget in him the gift of vision. All these were in themselves “weak things,” but the eye-opening power lay in his obedience to the Word of Him who spoke as the “Light of the World. “He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.” The man was not responsible for being born blind, but he was responsible for accepting or rejecting the message of grace that came to him by Jesus Christ. If he had despised the means, he would not have been obedient to the Word, and so would have remained in his darkness. The preaching of the Gospel may be like the dust or spittle or clay to some, but it’s not with the preaching as such, that men have to do, but with Christ’s Word of Command, that always accompanies such weak things: “Go, wash!”  It is when we believe and obey Him, putting His Word to the test by and actual definite committal, that we “come seeing.” For the Lord has said “He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

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