The Man Born Blind
A. The issue forced on these witnesses to this miracle: “Is
1. Could admit the miracle — accept
2. Could admit the miracle —
attribute it another source.
3. Could dismiss the evidence as a
4. Could take a neutral stand.
B. The attitudes of the witnesses teach us much about
attitudes toward truth.
I. The Attitude of the Neighbors.
A. Ignored the obvious (vv. 8, 9).
1. Like many today (cf. Mk 16:16; Eph
4:4; Rom. 6:4; Gal. 5:4; Heb.10:25; Matt. 19:9).
2. Even divided over the obvious (v.
B. Carried problem religious leaders (v. 13).
1. Think need religious leaders to
give answers to common man.
2. Let select group do our studying
and supply our answers.
II. The Attitude of the Religious Leaders.
A. Clouded the issue — Sabbath breaking not issue! (vv.
1. Denominationalist cloud the issue:
Water-power? Church salvation?
2. Brethren cloud the issue: “Let
orphan’s and non-Christians die before church support”.
B. Jumped positions — anything but the truth.
1. First it was no miracle, then
Jesus didn’t do it (vv. 16-24).
2. People often change grounds for
objecting to truth.
C. Religious prejudice (v. 22).
D. Religious pride (vv. 28-29, 34).
III. The Attitude of the Parents.
A. Their fear (vv. 21-23).
1. Many will not take stand because
of consequences — marked.
2. Had rather have favor or men than
God (cf. John 12:42,43).
B. The fate (Matt. 10:32, 33; Rev. 21:8).
IV. The Attitude of the Man Himself.
A. Did not know everything, stuck by what he did know (vv.
B. Would not be intimidated (vv. 28-34).
C. Willing to accept the evidence (vv. 35-38).
A. Let us be honest enough and courageous enough to accept truth based on
B. Why not be washed from sins (Acts 22:16) by same power that healed the blind