No Longer in Ignorance

John 9:32-41 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and does thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Does thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If you were blind, you should have no sin: but now you say, We see; therefore your sin remain. 

The blind man that was healed by Jesus, was cast out contrary to the agreement of the Jews (John 9:22) -for crossing religious leaders by taking a stand for what was right. His crime was being an honest man, true to his convictions. There were three grades of ex-communication: The niddin, pronounced for 30 days during which offenders were prohibited from public worship, were not allowed to shave, and were required to wear garments of mourning; the cherem, pronounced on those who continued in rebellion. The offender was formally cursed, was excluded from all interaction with other people, and was prohibited from entering the temple or a synagogue; the shammatha, pronounced on those who persisted in rebellion. They were cut off from all connection with the Jewish people and were consigned to utter perdition.

‘For judgment I am come’ referring to the effect of His coming. Rejection of Him will bring judgment. John 12:47 refers to the object of His coming. He came to save, but if men will not have salvation they will finally be judged (John 3:16-20).

‘That they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind’ the idea here is that the people became this way, little by little until they were past normal, vigorous obedience to truth and righteousness.

The Jews claimed to see and therefore refused to admit or repent from their sins. Jesus explained to them that if they were really ignorant they would have no sin, but they were no longer in ignorance. They rejected Christ through enmity so their sin remained.

Bethesda

John 5:1-8 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he say unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another step down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 

This was the second feast Jesus attended at Jerusalem where Jesus asked a man if he wanted to be healed. The pool where the man laid was located at the Sheep Gate which was not a market as stated in verse 2. (When a word is printed in italics, it means there is nothing in the Greek language for this word.) It was a swimming pool in the shape of a pentagon and it was called Bethesda, which means house of mercy – a public infirmary. It had five arches, a covered colonnade where people could be protected from the weather.

Weak, sickly, and helpless people waited for the moving of the water by an angel that came only seasonal into the pool to disrupt the water and whoever went in was made whole of whatsoever disease they had.

Jesus knew that the man had been lame a long time and He asked him if he wanted to be healed.  This is the third great miracle recorded in John. Why Jesus did not heal others that were here is not explained for we know it is God’s desire to heal everybody, otherwise, He would be impartial and the stripes of Christ would be in vain for some (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:17; 1Pet. 2:24).

Jesus commanded the man to rise, take up his bed, and walk. A simple action necessary to confirm obedience and faith to enable this miracle as is with all other miracles.