WHY DID JESUS PUT
MUD ON A BLIND MAN'S EYES?
In this sermon outline we ask the question why would Jesus put clay
on a blind man's eyes and try to give a reason for Him to do so to
the blind man. I believe everything Jesus did was to help us in our
knowledge of God and to try to understand a little of God's love.
John 9:1-38 (KJV)
1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which
was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying,
Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born
blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his
parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in
him. 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made
clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man
with the clay, 7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of
Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way
therefore, and washed, and came seeing. 8 The neighbours
therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind,
said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 9 Some said, This is
he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. 10
Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? 11 He
answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and
anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam,
and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. 12 Then
said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. 13 They
brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. 14 And it
was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his
eyes. 15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had
received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine
eyes, and I washed, and do see. 16 Therefore said some of the
Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the
sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such
miracles? And there was a division among them. 17 They say unto
the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath
opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. 18 But the Jews did
not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received
his sight, until they called the parents of him that had
received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your
son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? 20 His
parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son,
and that he was born blind: 21 But by what means he now seeth,
we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of
age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. 22 These words spake
his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had
agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ,
he should be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore said his
parents, He is of age; ask him. 24 Then again called they the
man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we
know that this man is a sinner. 25 He answered and said, Whether
he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that,
whereas I was blind, now I see. 26 Then said they to him again,
What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? 27 He answered
them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore
would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? 28 Then
they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are
Moses' disciples. 29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for
this fellow, we know not from whence he is. 30 The man answered
and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye
know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. 31
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a
worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. 32 Since
the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of
one that was born blind. 33 If this man were not of God, he
could do nothing. 34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast
altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast
him out. 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he
had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of
God? 36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might
believe on him? 37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen
him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 38 And he said, Lord,
I believe. And he worshipped him.
I. The man who was
born blind is restored to sight
A. Why did Jesus choose to heal him in this manner?
1. The man stood in front of Jesus and He looked at the man.
a. What did Jesus do? He took some earth and spit
into it and molded it. 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the
ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of
the blind man with the clay,
b. Then He placed the mud on the blind man's
c. Why do it this way? We must look at the Word
that tells us in John 1:1-3 (KJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in
the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without
him was not any thing made that was made.
d. Jesus was there in the beginning and things
were made by Him.
II. When the man stood before the Lord He looked at his eyes and
saw he was blind.
A. Perhaps the man had not eyeballs. However, what ever was missing Jesus
1. Since man is made from the dust of the earth Jesus just
reached down and created what was missing.
a. It does not record this but I believe it is a
B. Then the man had to put his faith in action and go to the pool and
wash his face and eyes. 7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of
Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way
therefore, and washed, and came seeing
1. Faith without works is dead. This man put his faith in
action and acted upon the words of Jesus.
C. He is healed. Born blind but now he can see.
III. He is brought to the Pharisees, as they wanted to tear down
the work of Jesus.
A. They hated the Lord because He did not do it through them and under
their authority and tradition.
B. The Pharisees rejected the blind man because they rejected Jesus. 34
They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins,
and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
1. Now everyone wants to hear our testimony but we share with
all what Jesus means to us and what He has done for us.
Jesus never turns anyone away. John 6:37 (KJV) All that the Father
giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no
wise cast out.
- John 9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had
found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36
He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he
that talketh with thee. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he
ALL GLORY AND HONOR UNTO OUR FATHER GOD!
God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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