John 9* Christ give sight to one born blind. (1-7) The account givenby the blind man. (8-12) The Pharisees question the man that hadbeen blind. (13-17) They ask concerning him. (18-23) They casthim out. (24-34) Christ's words to the man that had been blind.(35-38) He reproves the Pharisees. (39-41)1-7 Christ cured many who were blind by disease or accident;here he cured one born blind. Thus he showed his power to helpin the most desperate cases, and the work of his grace upon thesouls of sinners, which gives sight to those blind by nature.This poor man could not see Christ, but Christ saw him. And ifwe know or apprehend anything of Christ, it is because we werefirst known of him. Christ says of uncommon calamities, thatthey are not always to be looked on as special punishments ofsin; sometimes they are for the glory of God, and to manifesthis works. Our life is our day, in which it concerns us to dothe work of the day. We must be busy, and not waste day-time; itwill be time to rest when our day is done, for it is but a day.The approach of death should quicken us to improve all ouropportunities of doing and getting good. What good we have anopportunity to do, we should do quickly. And he that will neverdo a good work till there is nothing to be objected against,will leave many a good work for ever undone, #Ec 11:4|. Christmagnified his power, in making a blind man to see, doing thatwhich one would think more likely to make a seeing man blind.Human reason cannot judge of the Lord's methods; he uses meansand instruments that men despise. Those that would be healed byChrist must be ruled by him. He came back from the poolwondering and wondered at; he came seeing. This represents thebenefits in attending on ordinances of Christ's appointment;souls go weak, and come away strengthened; go doubting, and comeaway satisfied; go mourning, and come away rejoicing; go blind,and come away seeing. 8-12 Those whose eyes are opened, and whose hearts are cleansedby grace, being known to be the same person, but widelydifferent in character, live as monuments to the Redeemer'sglory, and recommend his grace to all who desire the sameprecious salvation. It is good to observe the way and method ofGod's works, and they will appear the more wonderful. Apply thisspiritually. In the work of grace wrought upon the soul we seethe change, but we see not the hand that makes it: the way ofthe Spirit is like that of the wind, which thou hearest thesound of, but canst not tell whence it comes, nor whither itgoes. 13-17 Christ not only worked miracles on the sabbath, but insuch a manner as would give offence to the Jews, for he wouldnot seem to yield to the scribes and Pharisees. Their zeal formere rites consumed the substantial matters of religion;therefore Christ would not give place to them. Also, works ofnecessity and mercy are allowed, and the sabbath rest is to bekept, in order to the sabbath work. How many blind eyes havebeen opened by the preaching of the gospel on the Lord's day!how many impotent souls cured on that day! Much unrighteous anduncharitable judging comes from men's adding their own fanciesto God's appointments. How perfect in wisdom and holiness wasour Redeemer, when his enemies could find nothing against him,but the oft-refuted charge of breaking the sabbath! May we beenabled, by well-doing, to silence the ignorance of foolish men. 18-23 The Pharisees vainly hoped to disprove this notablemiracle. They expected a Messiah, but could not bear to thinkthat this Jesus should be he, because his precepts were allcontrary to their traditions, and because they expected aMessiah in outward pomp and splendour. The fear of man brings asnare, #Pr 29:25|, and often makes people deny and disown Christand his truths and ways, and act against their consciences. Theunlearned and poor, who are simple-hearted, readily draw properinferences from the evidences of the light of the gospel; butthose whose desires are another way, though ever learning, nevercome to the knowledge of the truth. 24-34 As Christ's mercies are most valued by those who havefelt the want of them, that have been blind, and now see; so themost powerful and lasting affections to Christ, arise fromactual knowledge of him. In the work of grace in the soul,though we cannot tell when, and how, and by what steps theblessed change was wrought, yet we may take the comfort, if wecan say, through grace, Whereas I was blind, now I see. I didlive a worldly, sensual life, but, thanks be to God, it is nowotherwise with me, #Eph 5:8|. The unbelief of those who enjoythe means of knowledge and conviction, is indeed marvellous. Allwho have felt the power and grace of the Lord Jesus, wonder atthe wilfulness of others who reject him. He argues stronglyagainst them, not only that Jesus was not a sinner, but that hewas of God. We may each of us know by this, whether we are ofGod or not. What do we? What do we for God? What do we for oursouls? What do we more than others? 35-38 Christ owns those who own him and his truth and ways.There is particular notice taken of such a suffer in the causeof Christ, and for the testimony of a good conscience. Our LordJesus graciously reveals himself to the man. Now he was madesensible what an unspeakable mercy it was, to be cured of hisblindness, that he might see the Son of God. None but God is tobe worshipped; so that in worshipping Jesus, he owned him to beGod. All who believe in him, will worship him. 39-41 Christ came into the world to give sight to those whowere spiritually blind. Also, that those who see might be madeblind; that those who have a high conceit of their own wisdom,might be sealed up in ignorance. The preaching of the cross wasthought to be folly by such as by carnal wisdom knew not God.Nothing fortifies men's corrupt hearts against the convictionsof the word, more than the high opinion which others have ofthem; as if all that gained applause with men, must obtainacceptance with God. Christ silenced them. But the sin of theself-conceited and self-confident remains; they reject thegospel of grace, therefore the guilt of their sin remainsunpardoned, and the power of their sin remains unbroken.
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