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Man Born Blind

In John 9 Jesus walks by a man who has never seen.  This man was born blind.  Image result for man born blind in the bible

I read this section last week and the reactions of the man, his parents, the disciples and the Pharisees all struck me.

After this miracle, even the neighbors are confused whether the man is the same man they had known from childhood (verse 8).  The Pharisees did not believe, they believed this healing was impossible (v 13).  They began investigating what they perceived as trickery (v 18).  The Pharisees say that Jesus is a sinner and from the Old Testament we know that God does not hear sinners. (Jesus did not dispute this claim.) But, the man born blind makes a strong point: “One thing I know, I was blind and not I see!” “You, Pharisees do NOT listen!” (v 24) The Pharisees respond” “We follow Moses but we don’t know this man.”  In the Jewish history, no one had been healed of blindness.

The man born blind presents first hand information to the Pharisees and to their apparent bias to the evidence: “This is amazing! You do not know where he is from yet he opened my eyes. God listens to those who worship him.  Never has anyone opened eyes of the blind.  If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” Pharisees: “Are you trying to teach us?”

Jesus comes to the man and reveals  that he is Messiah, the Son of Man: “I came so that those who do not ‘see’ may ‘see.'” (v 35)  Jesus then turns to the Pharisees and condemns them because they claim sight but are blind and refuse to believe the clear evidence presented to them (v 41).

A man is a most pitiable condition receives physical sight and another amazing revelation.  Not only does he gain sight, which he never had, he sees Jesus for who he truly is: the unique, promised Son of Man.  The Son of Man has special meaning to Jews. Jesus is the most notable son of man of all time.

“The Son of Man” is a messianic title that refers back to the mysterious, human-divine figure of “one like a son of man” in Daniel 7.  That one would rule over all the nations of the earth forever.  This Son of Man was to be “lifted up” by being crucified (John 3:14), will provide divine revelation (John 6:27) and will act with end-time authority (John 5:27 and 9:39).  See ESV Study Bible notes.

What do you know about the son of man?  Have you met him? He still lives in the 21 century.

Related:
Jesus Heals Man Born Blind
Grace to You
Man Born Blind
Blind Man Sees

Reliability of the New Testament 5

External Evidence

Reliability of the New Testament 4

… Authorship and Dating

Reliability of the New Testament 3

 

Reliability of the New Testament 2

…Textual Corruption

Introduction to Reliability of the New Testament

We Celebrate Resurrection!

We celebrate Jesus!  We celebrate His dying and why He died!  We celebrate His resurrection from the tomb.   We do this just like the earliest of Jesus followers.  The following explains what they believed and celebrated almost from their very mouths.

A creed was developed by the early Christians and the Apostle Paul received it from other Apostles, Peter and James. Critics believe he received it when he first went up to Jerusalem, see Gal 1:18-19.

So what is this creed and how do we know it was a creed?

How do we know? Form criticism experts have done the research to determine that within these verses is the creed delivered to Paul.

What is the creed? I Corinthians 15: 3b-6a, and verse 7
…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was buried…
…and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve…
…then he was seen by over five hundred brethren at once…
…then he was seen by James, then by all the apostles…
So, there it is. A statement of faith by the earliest Christians going back to just after Jesus rose from the dead.

What is a creed? It is generally a summary statement about an event or set of beliefs. In this case it is both, because events were involved and these events established facts related to beliefs.

Could this be legend? I think not. This is a news flash of what happened right after it happened. It was coded and stated by Christians to one another and to others around them.

Do you believe these statements about Jesus? Do you want to investigate the earliest writings about him? Here it is. Read 1 Corinthians 15 and then move to the next documentation: the Gospel of Mark or any of the other gospels.

More lengthy research on the creed
Documentation regarding the Resurrection
He Came Down From Heaven
Why Did Jesus Die?

Bible Verses out of Context

Patrick Mabilog got it right here.  Read is latest from Christianity Today.

Of all the literary pieces that have existed all across time, there is none that has received as much attack and ridicule as the Bible. And in every time that the Bible has been abused, it was taken out of context.

Many atheists, liberalists and even Christians have claimed that there are parts of the Bible that are obsolete, redundant or flawed. However, that is far from the truth because it is complete and perfect in every way. The only reason why people find flaws is because it is taken out of context.

The saddest part of this all is that it’s not just non-Christians that use the Bible out of context, but many believers have also become guilty of taking some scriptures in the Bible out of the original context. Here are just a few of the many popular scriptures that are taken with the wrong context.

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Read more of this post

Policeman & Jesus Using Detective Techniques