There is Nothing Jesus Can’t Do-Week 3

June 19, 2022 Preacher: Phil Courson Series: Miracles – Our Wonder Working God

Topic: Miracles-Our Wonder Working God Scripture: John 9:1–12

Miracles: Our Wonder Working God
Sunday, June 19th 2022

John 9:1–12

There is Nothing Jesus Can’t Do

The Setting
Jesus and his disciples are at the temple on the Sabbath (v.14,16), and Jesus is in discussion with the Pharisees about Abraham. Jesus then makes the declaration, “before Abraham was, I am.” The Pharisees reached for stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid and went out of the temple. They knew Jesus was declaring himself God.

The Question
The disciples ask Jesus a very specific question: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

In response to the disciples’ theological question, Jesus answers, “Neither!” Jesus refutes the disciples’ wrong perception. This man’s condition was not the result of anybody’s specific sin.

Jesus responds that this situation has happened so “that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:3). The suffering, pain, tragedy, and hardships we face in life provide the opportunity to see the glory and power of God displayed in our lives.

The Method
Jesus heals the man in a unique way. Jesus spits on the ground to make some mud, which he applies to the man’s eyes, and he follows the instructions and he sees for the very first time in his life.

In other accounts Jesus heals the blind by spitting on the person’s eyes (Mark 8:22–26), touching their eyes (Matthew 20:29–34), casting out a demon (Matthew 12:22), and in ways not communicated (Matthew 15:30–31). God does his work in diverse and unique ways. We must not seek to formulate how God works or does miraculous deeds.

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert…” Isaiah 35:1–6

“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” Isaiah 42:6–7

Jesus emphasizes this himself
“And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:16– 21

“And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Luke 7:22–23

The amazing thing about this blind man is he was born this way. So another words, Jesus is doing a creative miracle – he is giving this man SIGHT! Eyes to see!

This points to the fact that Jesus is the Messiah and God!

The Unbelief
v.13 – “They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formally been blind…”

v.24 – “Give Glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”
Come on tell the truth about Jesus, don’t lie!

v.33 – The conclusion: “If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

v.34 – Look at the harsh and arrogant answer to the blind man: “You were born in utter sin, and you would teach us?” And they cast him out!

The Blind See and the Seeing are Blind
v.38 – “Lord I believe and he worshipped him.”

v.39 – “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”

This miracle is not just about a physically blind man being healed, even though this is miraculous. But it is also about those who are blind spiritually! We all were blind, but God has opened our eyes and now we see!