So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” (John 9:24-25)
Jesus Is A Sinner
Blindness is a harsh reality for many people. It is much harder on those who are blinded later in life, as they were able to see but now darkness closes in on them. To some degree, there is a sense of mercy of being born blind, as the person never knows what it is like to experience sight. As Jesus was passing by one Sabbath day, a man born blind from his birth became the object lesson of one of the great events in the ministry of the Lord. His disciples thought maybe the man or his parents had sinned since he was allotted such a terrible ordeal in life. Using the opportunity to show His power as the Christ, Jesus healed the man of his blindness. This caused a stir among the people and he was brought before the Pharisees. They inquired how he was healed of his blindness. Do not miss the point: the religious leaders never denied a miracle Jesus performed – they only argued His authority.
The former blind man gave the simple facts of the case: Jesus put clay on his eyes, he washed and now he could see. He had been blind from birth. There was never any hope of him to see. His parents had resigned themselves since birth this child was going to be blind for all of his life. There were no corrective surgeries. No cures. He was blind but now he could see. The response of the Pharisees is astonishing. Their immediate answer to an obvious miracle of impossibility was that Jesus was not from God because He healed a blind man from birth on the Sabbath day. Do not miss the point: they never argued the miracle! To the religious leaders there must be some mistake. It seems this man was never blind so they called his parents. The parents were afraid of the Jews and refused to answer. Calling the blind man again, the Pharisees boldly proclaimed that Jesus was a sinner. After a futile argument with the man, he was cast out as a liar.
Blindness is cruel with the physical eye but when darkness takes over the heart, how deep is that darkness. The religious leaders were so blinded they could not and would not accept the power of Jesus. There was ample proof the man was blind from birth. The neighbors knew he had been blind and this was the reason they brought him to the Pharisees in the first place. The conclusion of the religious leaders was to smear the name of Jesus by calling Him a sinner and that – although a miracle had been done – Jesus was a sinner by restoring the sight of a man born blind from birth on the Sabbath day. Amazing blindness.
What evidence in the life of Jesus suggested He had been anything but a man without fault? On the surface, there was never a suggestion for more than thirty years anyone had a bad thing to say about Jesus. In the eyes of the people, Jesus of Nazareth had never done anything wrong. Whether they accepted the fact He was the Son of God, He never broke a single law. His healing was widely known. Often the Pharisees would see the miracle before their eyes. When they called the former blind man in, they exhorted him to give glory to God because they knew Jesus was a sinner. How sad the blindness of those who stood in judgment. The evidence of Jesus was so clear they could not see.
The Bible is the testimony of Jesus Christ. Genesis declares the beginning of Christ and throughout all Holy Scrip, the Son of God is proclaimed in glory as the Revelation opens the gates of Heaven. Blindness still prevails in the hearts of men who can see the Bible is a book unchanged from the beginning but they still declare Jesus a sinner. The Bible is a powerful message but in the blind hearts of men, they refuse to accept that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God. The world says Jesus is a sinner. That makes Him just a man and tries to justify denying Him. Sadly, the one they call a sinner will one day be the Judge. Do you believe in the Son of God?
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn’t be a great moral teacher. He’d either be a lunatic – on a level with a man who says he’s a poached egg – or else he’d be the Devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. (C. S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity, 1943)