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Lesson

Seeing Is Believing

John 9; The Desire of Ages, pp. 470–475

 

The Message

I will tell others what Jesus has done for me.

Memory Verse

“ ‘One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!’ ” (John 9:25, NIV).

Have you ever awakened in a room that was so dark that you couldn’t see a thing, not even your own hands? How would you manage if everything around you was that dark all the time? That’s what it is like to be blind.



 

A blind man sat beside the road and begged. He had been born blind. There was nothing else he could do to support himself.

Sometimes he wondered why he was born blind. He thought it was his parents’ fault. People back then believed that sickness, blindness, and other problems came to people who sinned.

He heard a crowd of people coming closer. “Please give! Please give!” the blind beggar cried. “Help the poor blind among you.”

He heard a man ask, “Who sinned? This man or his parents? Why was he born blind?” The blind man strained his ears. He wanted to hear the answer. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened to bring praise to God.”

Then the blind man felt some mud being put on his eyes. In a kind voice Jesus said, “Go and wash your eyes in the Pool of Siloam.”

The blind man obeyed. Someone led him to the pool. He washed off the mud. The sun was shining! He could see people! Colors painted the whole world!

When people asked him how he was able to see, he told them what Jesus had done. (See John 9:11.)

Jesus had healed the blind man on the Sabbath. Some people were not happy about that. The leaders said that Jesus broke the Sabbath. Others said Jesus was bad, so He could not have made a blind person see. They tried to show that the blind man’s healing wasn’t real. But the man who was born blind said to them, “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see! If Jesus is not from God, He could not open the eyes of a man born blind.”

The leaders became very angry with the healed man. They believed that he was born blind because he was a sinner. And they did not want this healed man telling people what Jesus had done for him. So they put the man born blind out of their church.

Jesus heard about this, and He looked for the man. When He found him, He said, “Would you like to believe in the Son of Man?”

“Who is He, sir?” the man asked.

Jesus said, “You have now seen Him; in fact, He is the one speaking with you.”

The man said, “Lord, I believe.” Then he fell on his knees and worshipped Jesus.

Jesus told him, “I came to this world to make the blind see, and to show some who think they see how blind they are.”

The man born blind shared with others what Jesus had done for him. He even told those who didn’t love Jesus. Have you shared with someone what Jesus has done for you?