John 9:35-38 (NIV) 35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” 38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
On verses 35-38: When the healed man was thrown out by some Pharisees, Jesus goes out to find him. During this second encounter with Jesus, Jesus teaches the healed man more of who Jesus is, calling himself the Son of Man, and leads the man to saving faith in him.
What can we learn from this?
1. Faith is a process. Often people will not come to profess saving faith in Jesus after one only encounter with Jesus, but after a number of encounters. So when you’re sharing your faith with others, don’t be discouraged if that person does not come to saving faith in Christ at that very moment. Realize that faith is a process, and that what you are doing in that person’s life is planting a seed or watering a seed that has been planted. God willing, one day, when it’s time, that seed will sprout.
2. Aren’t you glad that Jesus doesn’t just come to us once, but he keeps pursuing us? He keeps pursuing us until we open our hearts to him and say, “Lord, I believe”.
John 9:39-41 (NIV) 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” 40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” 41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
On verses 39-41: What does Jesus mean in verse 39 when he says, “For judgment I have come into this world”? Didn’t Jesus earlier say that Jesus was sent not to condemn the world but to save it (John 3:17)? When Jesus says, “For judgment I have come into this world”, he means that his coming into this world will reveal the true spiritual condition of people’s hearts, such that those who claim to see will actually be shown to be blind and those who all their lives realize they have been blind will have opportunity to see (v39).
In verse 40 some Pharisees wonder if Jesus is referring to them when he talks about people who claim to see but are actually blind. In verse 41 Jesus confirms that he is indeed talking about those Pharisees. Their claim that they can see without acknowledging who Jesus is shows that they don’t see at all and that their guilt for sin remains.
What can we learn from this? A person’s attitude toward Jesus reveals so much about their true spiritual condition. No matter how spiritual or unspiritual a person may claim to be, if you have an open, humble attitude toward Jesus, it shows you are closer to and deeper in the kingdom of God than you think. If you have a closed, prideful attitude toward Jesus, it shows that you are much more in the dark spiritually than you think.
Jesus, thank You for relentlessly pursuing me with Your love and not giving up on me. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!