He Could do Nothing!

John 9:30-33.

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.

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth.

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.

If This Man Were Not From God, He Could Do Nothing” – In God's Image

This is truly an amazing statement from a man who had been blind all his life; was considered nothing more than a beggar, and possibly guilty of great sin (hence his blindness), uneducated and not worth noticing until now, when his sight had been miraculously restored. I am amazed at the courage he showed, and also at his gift for stating the obvious 🙂

In verse 30, we hear that touch of sarcasm again (my own paraphrase): Why, this is an amazing thing! You religious leaders don’t know Who He is or where He comes from, yet He has opened my eyes–something no one else, including you, has been able to do!”

Then he goes on to teach them what they knew, but did not practice: “We know that God does not regard the prayer of a man who continuously sins and has no intent of changing. But we also know that God does hear the prayer of a sinner who is repentant! I have repented, and have begged God to give me sight! (again, my own paraphrase here. Please, don’t mistake this–I am not adding to scripture. I am only imagining how it may have been said today).

Then, he makes what to me is his crowning argument: “Since the beginning of the world, no one has ever heard of any man giving sight to the blind! If this man were not of God, He could do nothing!”

The blind man’s faith was rock solid, so sure was he that Jesus was indeed of God! Imagine having had the hands of Jesus touching your face; hearing His voice reassuring you and telling you what to do next. Imagine being that close to the Son of God, and having Him minister to you in such a tender and loving way. Imagine going to Siloam, washing your eyes and face, and then opening your eyes and, for the first time, being able to see what was before you! I think the man had perfect vision! It was not clouded, or near-or far-sighted. It was clear! Colors, light, the faces of his loved ones–all clear for the first time. Yes, He knew it was God! He knew no ordinary man could have done the miracle that restored his sight.

Do you think he had persuaded the Pharisees?

4 thoughts on “He Could do Nothing!

  1. NO. He never persuaded the Pharisees in general, but there were certainly some Pharisees who recognized the Lord as Messiah and Savior and followed Him, especially after the Resurrection. The Pharisees in general were hateful anti-Christ religious bigots. Incidentally, the Pharisees were the only religious denomination that survived after the Great Revolt of AD 70. The Zealots were done after the Bar Kochba Revolt of AD 132-35. Ancient Phariseeism morphed into Talmudic Rabbinic Judaism which forms the foundation of modern Orthodox Judaism.

    I LOVED THIS: “I am amazed at the courage he showed, and also at his gift for stating the obvious.”

    AND THIS: “In verse 30, we hear that touch of sarcasm again (my own paraphrase): ‘Why, this is an amazing thing! You religious leaders don’t know Who He is or where He comes from, yet He has opened my eyes–something no one else, including you, has been able to do!’”

    He obviously had no intention of doing it but I doubt no one else but the Lord could have made those pretenders any more violently angry by, once again, stating the obvious, or actually what should have been obvious.

    I also want to make the point that the Lord Jesus, by offering to bless us with the introduction of His very Spirit into the beings of His disciples, made the same miracle power available to everyone since. We all know of many testimonies of actual physical miracles. Those Christians who refuse His Spirit are essentially not much different than the unable-to-perform Pharisees who, rather than greatly desiring the Holy Spirit, craved instead religious pride, prestige, money, and control, and thus made it impossible to be used of God for just such forms of necessary ministry and actual ministry in general.

    Thanks for this Linda. You are a blessing. Blessings to you!

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  2. The first time I visited my retinologist I could not read a single letter on the vision chart. I sat there and cried. I’ll always love Howard, the examiner. He handed me tissues to dry my tears and blow my nose and then so calmly and gently said, “Miss Karyl, It will get better, that’s why you are here so we can take care of you.” Ten years later I still can see about five lines down the chart which is really good compared to that first visit. (my right eye not as well, but that’s okay) After shots, like last week, I see crisp colors and details from quite a distance because fortunately, I tend to be far sighted. I wasn’t totally blind and had seen most of my life, yet, I think I understand just a little of how that blind man felt. Once when I was thanking my doctor for what amazing work he had done for me, he did something rare. He touched my shoulder and looked directly into my eyes and said, “God has done it, not me. God just uses me.” Humble. Jesus was humble too.

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