John 9:1-7 The assumption was that suffering was punishment for sin. Jesus wasn’t denying that the man or his parents didn’t sin, but the purpose was to glorify the Father when Jesus healed him in front of the crowds.
Notes: Day = Jesus’ ministry. Night = His death by crucifixion.
John 9:8-12 Healing a man born blind should have wiped out any doubt that a miracle took place. The man told his neighbors exactly what Jesus did to heal him.
John 9:13-17 Jesus again heals on the Sabbath. The man testified to the Pharisees who denied the claim for again, Jesus healed on the Sabbath which was forbidden. This makes Jesus a sinner. A sinner that has the power of God to heal? The man said he believed Jesus was a prophet.
John 9:18-23 The Jews refused then to believe the man was born blind. They called his parents to testify. They testified he was born blind. The parents, out of fear to be thrown out of the synagogue, threw the issue back in their son’s lap.
John 9:24-34 The Pharisees again questioned the man and this time did not deny that a miracle took place, but said to Glorify God. Jesus had nothing to do with it, for He was a sinner (breaking the Sabbath). The purpose I think Jesus used mud and washing of the pool clearly testifies that Jesus had something to do with the miracle. The man testified that God doesn’t listen to sinners, so Jesus can’t be a sinner. The real issue lies with the Pharisees unwillingness to believe that Jesus was who He says He is. The man made a good argument. The Pharisees reply? How dare you, a man born in utter sin teach us! They cast Him out, the very thing his parents feared would happen to them.
John 9:35-41 Jesus found the man who was cast out by the Pharisees and asked him if he believed in the One who would never cast him out. The man believed and worshiped Jesus. Jesus said the only judgment he brings with him in His first coming is to further blind those who think they see (think they are in the light) and give sight to those who don’t see (those that live in spiritual darkness). Jesus affirms what he had said and again emphasized that because those who think they see will not see Jesus (the true light) and have their guilt (sin) removed.
Notes: If they knew their lostness and darkness and cried out for spiritual light, they would no longer be guilty of the sin of unbelief in Christ. But satisfied that their darkness was light, and continuing in rejection of Christ, their sin remained.