Notes: October 14, 2009

“What do you say of Jesus?”

What would you say of One who changed your life forever?

John 9:13-34

  • Why was the formerly blind man taken to the Pharisees? Was it to stir up trouble?
  • The conflict is compounded because the healing took place on a sabbath day (v 14).
  • The sighted man’s testimony is not changed.
  • The prejudiced Pharisees require further witnesses that a miracle has occurred. They seeks the man’s parents (v. 18).
  • The parents agree that this, their son, was born blind; but, fearing ostracism by their religious leaders, they disavow any knowledge how he has been cured (v. 21-22)
  • Their son handles himself well, refusing to take part in the assassination of Jesus’ character, and challenging the Pharisees to accept the obvious truth.
  • The Pharisees, unable to answer him, are offended by this unlearned man’s attempt to teach them about God; and they cast him out (v. 34). [But at least his parents were allowed to stay…]