Jesus and Disciples, painted by Liz Swindle
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”
9 Some said, “It is he.”
Others said, “No, but he is like him.”
He kept saying, “I am the man.”
10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”
11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.”
12 They said to him, “Where is he?”
He said, “I do not know.”
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight.
And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.
17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?”
He said, “He is a prophet.”
20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”
25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?”
28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”
30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”
37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.”
38 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”
40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?”
41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains."
John is very cohesively putting his narrative of Jesus.
Jesus always taught if we seek God we will find Him. John's Gospel is very complex and very explanatory - This Gospel is a huge labor of John's Love for the Savior of the World's Millenniums.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
John 9 is about human Judgment. How flawed human Judgment is in bias and in understanding really. John is telling what kind of Judge Jesus truly is.
Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,
By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.
“I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”
Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment.
John's Gospel covers the Willingness of God in John 1 and the condition of mankind. to John 21
The last Chapter of John's Gospel is telling us the Signs, the Miracles, the Display, the Circumstance, the God incidence is so Great - all the Books of the World could be about Jesus. And John sits down to write about how John found Jesus to be God.
John 1 tells us about Jesus being greeted by God Almighty Father of All, Moses and Elijah and Jesus partially changing into Light. John was in certainty at that point. So John decided to tell us of Jesus' titles and work His Life into our understanding. John tells us several times he is eye witness to God.
And exits displaying even more of God's Love from today to Eternity with more of God's Glorious Love and mankind's actual joys and pains.
Jesus tells us of John 1, Jesus is the Light in all mankind
how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings
Jesus tells us in the breakfast of the fish provided and cooked by Jesus about mankind and the Glory of God's love. Jesus has to restore Peter to Himself, provide breakfast, cook breakfast, have forgiveness, lead and listen as Risen, Crucified, Victorious, Triumphant God to restore all things to Father God - a disciple squabble over God's Glorious Plan.
He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.
When God is for you... in the middle of the Gospels, today - in the middle of your life.
1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Think what God has opened for the man who was a blind beggar. Jesus shows His concern for the living. Jesus has willing joined mankind in life. With His Joy. Jesus is still working, and His Father with Him.
Jesus gathers us. In all seasons. The Willingness and Love of Father God, when we have seen Jesus, we have seen Our Father. The Steadfast Love of God - is the Miracle. And in calling on Jesus Christ with Love, Joy and Belief, we are more than Conquerors in Jesus who is Love.
God - His Promises - for you.
We will cast our cares upon You. For You have cared for us - Steadfastly, diligently, tenderly, growing us and nourishing us.
We give You thanks for Your Blessings You have Given to us. We lift to You the concerns we have and for our Loved Ones. The People You have given us. In Jesus.
Please bless our Nation and our communities and Churches. We look to Jesus. Amen.
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