Sign Six

John 9:1-10:42

91As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him,

THE DISCIPLES

Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?

3Jesus answered,

JESUS

Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him. 4I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

6When he had said this, he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, anointed the blind man’s eyes with the mud, 7and said to him,

JESUS

Go, wash in the pool of Siloam

(which means “Sent”). So he went away, washed, and came back seeing. 8The neighbors therefore, and those who saw that he was blind before, said,

A BLIND BEGGAR’S FRIENDS

Isn’t this he who sat and begged?

9Others were saying,

A BLIND BEGGAR’S FRIENDS

It is he.

Still others were saying,

A BLIND BEGGAR’S FRIENDS

He looks like him.

He said,

A BLIND BEGGAR

I am he.

10They therefore were asking him,

A BLIND BEGGAR’S FRIENDS

How were your eyes opened?

11He answered,

A BLIND BEGGAR

A man called Jesus made mud, anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash.’ So I went away and washed, and I received sight.

12Then they asked him,

A BLIND BEGGAR’S FRIENDS

Where is he?

He said,

A BLIND BEGGAR

I don’t know.

13They brought him who had been blind to the Pharisees. 14It was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15Again therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He said to them,

A BLIND BEGGAR

He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see.

16Some therefore of the Pharisees said,

THE PHARISEES

This man is not from God, because he doesn’t keep the Sabbath.

Others said,

THE PHARISEES

How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?

There was division among them. 17Therefore they asked the blind man again,

THE PHARISEES

What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?

He said,

A BLIND BEGGAR

He is a prophet.

18The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight, 19and asked them,

JEWISH LEADERS

Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? How then does he now see?

20His parents answered them,

A BLIND BEGGAR’S PARENTS

We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21but how he now sees, we don’t know; or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. He is of age. Ask him. He will speak for himself.

22His parents said these things because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if any man would confess him as Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. 23Therefore his parents said, “He is of age. Ask him.”
24So they called the man who was blind a second time, and said to him,

JEWISH LEADERS

Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.

25He therefore answered,

A BLIND BEGGAR

I don’t know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: that though I was blind, now I see.

26They said to him again,

JEWISH LEADERS

What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?

27He answered them,

A BLIND BEGGAR

I told you already, and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You don’t also want to become his disciples, do you?

28They insulted him and said,

JEWISH LEADERS

You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29We know that God has spoken to Moses. But as for this man, we don’t know where he comes from.

30The man answered them,

A BLIND BEGGAR

How amazing! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God, and does his will, he listens to him.* 32Since the world began it has never been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of someone born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.

34They answered him,

JEWISH LEADERS

You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?

They threw him out.
35Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said,

JESUS

Do you believe in the Son of God?

36He answered,

A BLIND BEGGAR

Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?

37Jesus said to him,

JESUS

You have both seen him, and it is he who speaks with you.

38He said,

A BLIND BEGGAR

Lord, I believe!

and he worshiped him.
39Jesus said,

JESUS

I came into this world for judgment, that those who don’t see may see; and that those who see may become blind.

40Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him,

THE PHARISEES

Are we also blind?

41Jesus said to them,

JESUS

If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.
101“Most certainly, I tell you, one who doesn’t enter by the door into the sheep fold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don’t know the voice of strangers.

6Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn’t understand what he was telling them.
7Jesus therefore said to them again,

JESUS

Most certainly, I tell you, I am the sheep’s door. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture. 10The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd.* The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who doesn’t own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and flees. The wolf snatches the sheep, and scatters them. 13The hired hand flees because he is a hired hand, and doesn’t care for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I’m known by my own; 15even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep, which are not of this fold.* I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd. 17Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life,* that I may take it again. 18No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father.

19Therefore a division arose again among the Jews because of these words. 20Many of them said,

THE CROWD

He has a demon, and is insane! Why do you listen to him?

21Others said,

THE CROWD

These are not the sayings of one possessed by a demon. It isn’t possible for a demon to open the eyes of the blind, is it?*

22It was the Feast of the Dedication* at Jerusalem. 23It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 24The Jews therefore came around him and said to him,

JEWISH LEADERS

How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.

25Jesus answered them,

JESUS

I told you, and you don’t believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, these testify about me. 26But you don’t believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I told you. 27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.

31Therefore Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus answered them,

JESUS

I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?

33The Jews answered him,

JEWISH LEADERS

We don’t stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy: because you, being a man, make yourself God.

34Jesus answered them,

JESUS

Isn’t it written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods?’* 35If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture can’t be broken), 36do you say of him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’ 37If I don’t do the works of my Father, don’t believe me. 38But if I do them, though you don’t believe me, believe the works; that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.

39They sought again to seize him, and he went out of their hand. 40He went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was baptizing at first, and there he stayed. 41Many came to him. They said,

THE CROWD

John indeed did no sign, but everything that John said about this man is true.

42Many believed in him there.

*John 9:31 Psalm 66:18, Proverbs 15:29; 28:9
*John 10:11 Isaiah 40:11; Ezekiel 34:11-12,15,22
*John 10:16 Isaiah 56:8
*John 10:17 Isaiah 53:7-8
*John 10:21 Exodus 4:11
*John 10:22 The “Feast of the Dedication” is the Greek name for “Hanukkah”, a celebration of the rededication of the Temple.
*John 10:34 Psalm 82:6

OPENING THE WORD

  • What stands out to you in this passage?
  • What truths do you gain about the character of God?
  • What truths do you gain about men and women?
  • What changes are you motivated to make in light of this passage?
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