- John 9:21-25
- John 9:21 (KJB)
- But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his
eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
- The Jews had put the parents in a bad situation because they had no
knowledge of who opened the eyes of their son. The parents should have tried
to find their son and find out the circumstances surrounding his healing.
Instead, out of fear they told the Pharisees that the man was of adult age
and he will be able to speak for himself in this matter. The parents had
gone as far as they could in rendering an opinion.
- John 9:22 (KJB)
- These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for
the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ,
he should be put out of the synagogue.
- No doubt the parents had been members of the Synagogue and in fear of
the Jews they stopped their testimony at the second question which was
correct on their part because they were not at the healing so they could
tell what really happened. By the Jews agreeing that if anyone confesses
Jesus as Christ were to be put out of the Synagogue, it would also make a
person an outcast in that community. So truth was not something the Jews
wanted concerning Jesus because they placed a penalty on truth. Normally you
place a penalty on lying, but they wanted Jesus dead so lying was acceptable
to them and truth was anathema. To the Jews in ancient times, the Synagogue
or Temple was the center of activity for the community. It was just like
back in the early years of America, the church was the center of activity in
the community, especially on the prairie. Small towns held activities in
concert with the church.
- John 9:23 (KJB)
- Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
- To prevent being an outcast from the Synagogue and community, the
parents had answered in fear and placed the onus of the answer on their son
because he was an adult. This shows the power of religion and how it can
control the lives of a person and cause them to live in cowering fear. This
is part of the bondage that true salvation in Christ delivers a person from.
His parents were more concerned about their religion than the fact that a
family member was healed from being blind. Religion can easily come between
family members and even be the cause of families splitting. These parents
forsook their child for dead religion.
- John 9:24 (KJB)
- Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give
God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
- The parents were obviously excused at this time and now they once again
call the man back again. Instead of them accepting the fact that the man was
able to see after it was confirmed to them that he was blind from birth,
they attempt to influence his decision by intimidation tactics. Now they
bring God into it as a means to intimidate him. They were not concerned
about giving God the praise, they used Him as a means to an end. They may
have wanted this man to bypass Jesus in giving recognition for the healing
and give the praise directly to God. In either way, they wanted to reject
the fact that Jesus was the one who healed him. Then the Pharisees claim
that they know that this man was a sinner, meaning Jesus. It seems like the
faction of the Pharisees which saw Jesus as a sinner had now become the
overwhelming attitude because where was the faction that wanted more
information? Their assertion that they know Jesus was a sinner was nothing
more than a pure accusation stemming from hatred and envy. They never had a
civil conversation with Jesus so how could they come to a firm conclusion
- John 9:25 (KJB)
- He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not:
one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
- The Pharisees had accused Jesus of being a sinner and the man now
responds that he does not know whether He is a sinner or not. The man then
responds to the evidence that a miracle had taken place in his body. He may
not know all the theological circumstances of this event but he stands firm
on the evidence that he was once blind but now he can see. The miracle which
happened to him did not happen based upon the conclusion of the Pharisees,
it was based upon who Jesus was and God‘s plan. It is like someone becoming
saved in a dead church, it is not based upon the church’s teaching but upon
Christ who saves. This man did not know all the particulars, but he went on
the evidence and that was all he knew up to that time. It was like the thief
on the cross, how much did he know between the time he became saved and the
time he died? He knew nothing except he went to Heaven with a promise that
he would be in paradise today! So goes the need for the education and