Jesus Heals A Man Born Blind

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Good morning and welcome to the Yonko Mali radio program on Scientific Matters. My main topic today is about one of the miracles in the Bible which I claimed was the most scientifically investigated and the most scientifically analyzed miracle in the entire Bible.

Which miracle do you think it is?

Well my pick is the miracle found in Chapter 9 of John’s gospel where Jesus cures a man who was blind from birth. He was born blind!

Since I used the word scientific, you might have thought that I would be presenting some recent investigation of this miracle. No, I am talking about the fact that this miracle was investigated immediately after it occurred about 2,000 years ago. It was investigated, while the witness were still around, while Jesus was still walking around the temple and spreading his Good News and while the Pharisees and other authorities could immediately analyze what occurred.

I think we all tend to be prejudice and think that we are smarter than ancient people because of our modern technology. Well, while we may have more knowledge we certainly cannot say we have more wisdom. In fact I would contend that in general, we are dumber -because our genes have been deteriorating for thousands of years, but that’s another discussion.

The point is that the people who witness this miracle were not dumb, they were not easily fooled. The Pharisees and scribes were smart people, they could read and write, they knew how the natural world worked; they knew the laws of nature. In fact the Pharisees were smart lawyers who sharpened their thinking with questions and debates. They were the physicians; they were the doctors, yes they were the scientists of their day. They knew how to analyze, investigate and question.
So let’s go over Chapter 9 of John’s Gospel.
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind and how the Pharisees Investigate the Healing immediately after it happened!

Chapter 9

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and I washed, and now I see."

16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others asked, “How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?” So the Pharisees and the people were divided.

[I think some of the Pharisees believed, if not at first, later. We should not presume that none of the Pharisees ever believed in Jesus. I personally think that as the events in the Life of Jesus unfolded that many Pharisees, scribes, and priests came to a belief in Jesus as the Messiah.]

18 The Jews still did not believe that this was the man who had been blind, who was blind from birth and that he now had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”

[Notice how the Pharisees are doing a good job of investigating this miracle. They are calling in the witnesses and notice how they want to know exactly what occurred and how it happened. They were good investigative lawyers and good scientists. They knew the laws of nature and they wanted to make sure this was or was not a supernatural event. That indeed it would be a great miracle to cure someone who was born blind. So, continuing with verse 20.]

20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ (that is if anyone acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah) would be put out of the temple. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

[You see, in those times, the temple or the synagogue in the local villages provided the equivalent of our Social Security system. The parents were afraid to lose their Social Security check in their old age. And their son was old enough to speak for himself so why get in trouble with the authorities. While we can understand their fears, it was a very sad day for those parents. Here they just witness a great miracle. Their son who had been blind from birth now could see. You think this would have overwhelmed them with joy! Instead they were worried about their stomachs. Here these parents were in the presence of the Messiah, the promised Savior of the world and they choose short-term security. You know, maybe latter they believed. I like to think that latter after the Resurrection, these parents believed and helped to spread the Good News. Only God knows what happened to these parents of the blind man. – continuing in Verse 24]

24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God," they said. "We know this man is a sinner." 25 He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!" 26 Then they asked him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" 27 He answered, "I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?" 28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from." 30 The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly  man who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."

[This is amazing, the formerly blind man has gone from being a sorry beggar to lecturing the Pharisees. And he rightly observes, that they, the Pharisees are the ones who should have known all about Jesus, this miracle worker, this preacher of Good News. - Let us continue with verse 34.]

34 To this the Pharisees replied to the formerly blind him, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out [of the temple].

[You see in those days, many of the Jews believed that either you or your parents sinned if you were born with a great handicap like blindness (See Verse 2 of Chapter 9) ]

Spiritual Blindness

You see after Jesus showed up on the scene doing miracles, the Sanhedrin had ordered several of their Pharisees to keep track of Jesus and report back to them what he was doing and what he was saying to the people. And these Pharisees that were following Jesus (maybe one of these Pharisees was Nicodemus!) and listening to what he said, knew what Jesus was talking about. These Jews understood that Jesus was talking about them and their Spiritual Blindness.

Are you blind or do you see. Do you get it! We are steeped in our sin. But Jesus, the son of God, humbled himself and became a man to show us the way. He took all our sins upon himself and now offers us his great gift of Love, his gift of salvation from our sins and an eternal hope for the future! Look at all this scientific and legal evidence about just this one miracle that Jesus did to prove that he was the Savior.

Now remember that this Chapter of John says that the Pharisees were divided. Some believed and some did not believe but it wasn’t as if ALL the Pharisees rejected Jesus. Many of them saw this great miracle, saw the scientific and legal evidence and believed!

Are you going to be like some of the Pharisees and use some dumb excuse like Jesus performed miracles on the Sabbath. Will you use some excuse not to believe because you love your sin.

You may not want to believe the overwhelming truth in these passages BECAUSE IT MEANS, like the blind man, that you will have to fall down and worship the Lord, your God and Savior. And are you too stubborn or too egotistical to do that. Repent, change your mind, change your life, believe and accept God’s free gift of salvation, his great gift of love and his Hope for the future!

MUSIC Just A Sinner!

[ For more about this fantastic miracle see my other radio program called "The Rest of the Story!" ]

If you could see what I once was
If you could go with me
Back to where I started from
Then I know you would see

A miracle of love that took me
In it's sweet embrace
And made me what I am today
Just an old sinner... saved by grace

I'm just a sinner saved by grace
When I stood condemned to death
He took my place

Now I live and breathe in freedom
With each breath of life I take
Loved and forgiven, backed with a living
I'm just a sinner saved by grace

How could I boast on anything
I've ever seen or done?
How could I dare to claim as mine
The victories God has won?

Where would I be
Had God not brought me
Gently to this place?
I'm here to say I'm nothing
But a sinner saved by grace

I'm just a sinner saved by grace
When I stood condemned to death
He took my place

Now I grow and breathe in freedom
With each breath of life I take
I'm loved and forgiven backed with a living
I'm just a sinner saved by grace

Now I grow and breathe in freedom
With each breath of life I take
I'm loved and forgiven backed with a living
I'm just a sinner saved by grace

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