Course D: The Gospel of John
Lesson 10 – Jesus Heals Physical and Spiritual Blindness
John 9 约翰福音第九章
Getting Started This chapter seems to be a continuation of the events and conversations that had taken place in chapter 8. Again the focus is on confrontation caused by Jesus performing a miracle of healing on the Sabbath.
Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind 9:1 – 12
- What do we learn about the cause of physical illness in verses 1-5? How might you use these verses in sharing the Word with people?
- What is Jesus emphasizing in verses 4 and 5? Why are the pictures in these verses fitting in this context?
- If this chapter were presented as a play in a theater, parts of it might seem like a comedy! What seems almost humorous in these verses?
- How are the man’s words in verse 11 a good example of what Christian witnessing should be?
Jesus’ Enemies Investigate the Healing 9:13 – 34
- What is important to the Pharisees, and what is important to Jesus?
- What is the second “humorous” part in this story?
- What do the words of the man’s parents show about how the Pharisees treated people?
- What do you think is the attitude behind the man’s words in verse 27? How might these words be the third “humorous” part of the chapter?
- How do verses 30 – 33 show us both a bold confession and a bit of sarcasm? (Sarcasm: remarks that mean the opposite of what they seem to say and are intended to mock or ridicule)
- How does verse 34 show how unreasonable unbelief can be?
Jesus’ Words on Spiritual Blindness 9:35 – 41
- How does verse 35 show us Jesus’ evangelical (gospel-centered) concern?
- To whom are the words of verse 39 directed? Explain what these picture words mean.
- Use that same picture language to explain what Jesus means in his words to the Pharisees in verse 41.
- Give examples of experiences you have had in serving others that are similar to that of the healed man; to that of Jesus and what he faced in this chapter.