A Man Born Blind And The Works Of God…Is This Not He That Sat And Begged?
“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” (John 6)
“And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life:
and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6)
At this point, I pose a question. Is the “last day” still lurking somewhere over the rainbow, unfulfilled? is it a 24 hour day?
Later in John’s gospel, Lazarus lays dead in a tomb. His sisters are grieving. One of them (Martha) laments, speaking to Jesus:
“ Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.”
” Thy brother shall rise again.”
” I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
The last day, a 24 hour day? Consider the two criminals crucified with Jesus. To one of these individuals, Jesus said “To Day you will be with me in paradise”. Yet Jesus, if the scriptures are to be believed ( and they are) , was about to spend three full days in the grave, as dead as it is possible to be dead. If he were not completely and utterly dead, had any unextinguished spark or ember of life remained in his body, then he would not have been resurrected, he would have been resuscitated. But he was dead. The day promised to the criminal, the day in which he would be with Christ, is not a 24 hour day. It is before the calender was. It is eternal. And it is a day as real and as present now, as it is possible for it ever to be. Is is written of God, and of the place where Christ dwells with Him:
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isa 57)
And again, to Christ do the prophets bear witness:
“Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.” (Psa 93)
“I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.” (Pro 8)
Sights always set on the future are not set very well. He “comes” in a time and manner, not of this world’s thinking. If the eternal is always in the future, it is not eternal.
There was a man who was born blind. During his life, he had to learn to cope with blindness. Everything that came into his mind was unaugmented with sight. It was a world in which it was absolutely impossible to tell if his mental images bore any resemblance to reality. That man was headed for; destined for, a marvelous encounter. For that man, the encounter could be described as a future event, and from where he sat, it was. As he sat, blind and largely helpless, he was understandably at the mercy of others. He sat and begged. He depended on being seen, by those whom he could not see, and was dependent upon their compassion and mercy. As this existence was the norm for him, he was known as “He who sat and begged”. It is questionable if he even had any real concept of where the alms he received came from; what the merciful did to have with which to give him.
As this man sat in darkness and begged, there was another man in the world. Already in the world. This man was told before in all Moses, in all the law, and in all the prophets. Of this other man it had said, unto them who dwell in the region and shadow of death, has a great light shined. This other man was asked by his disciples, “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” To them he said, “This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom God sent”.
Later Christ , the light of the world, and these disciples, encounter the man born blind. The disciples asked, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus replied, ” Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the
works of God should be made manifest in him”.
Jesus opened the man’s eyes and he, for the first time, came seeing, though he had not yet seen with his eyes, the very one who opened them. For this man, the world as he now saw it, had been their all along, as well as the one who opened his eyes. And for all the wonder of what had happened, the work of God was not yet complete. There were eyes of a different sort, yet to be opened. What ensued was spectacular. It first got the attention of the man’s neighbors, ” Is not this he that sat and begged?” . Some said he was, others said it was someone who looked like him. The man said “I am he”. They asked him how it happened. The man said, “A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight”.
So the people brought the man to the Pharisees. And the true works of God, true sight to the blind begins to unfold. The birth of sight can be seen by following the progression of the heretofore blind man’s eyes of understanding, and the true nature of blindness. To see both, one has but to read, in order, the evolved thinking of the former beggar, and the devolved thinking of the “seeing” Pharisees.
Here, in order, are the statements from the man, being examined by the religious leaders:
( Where is he?)
I KNOW NOT
(This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day)
(What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes?)
HE IS A PROPHET.
(to the parents: Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how does he now see?)
(to the man: Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. )
I DO NOT KNOW IF HE IS A SINNER OR NOT, I ONLY KNOW I WAS BLIND AND NOW I SEE.
( What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?)
I TOLD YOU ALREADY AND YOU WON’T LISTEN. WHY HEAR IT AGAIN? DO YOU WANT TO BE HIS DISCIPLES TOO?
(Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. We know Moses spoke with God. As for this fellow, we have no idea where he came from.)
WHY, HERE IS A MARVEL. YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE HE COMES FROM , YET HE OPENED MY EYES. WE KNOW THAT GOD WILL NOT HEAR A SINNER. BUT IF A MAN HEARS GOD AND DOES HIS WILL, GOD WILL HEAR HIM. IT HAS NEVER BEFORE, IN THE HISTORY OF WORLD, BEEN HEARD OF, THAT ANY MAN OPENED THE EYES OF ONE BORN BLIND. IF THIS MAN WERE NOT OF GOD HE COULD DO NOTHING.
( You were born altogether in sins, and you teach us?)
( And they cast him out of the synagogue)
So , in this man, we behold the beautiful, and very rapid development of sight. Not the sight associated with the peep holes in the front of the head, but of the man dwelling in it. And we see revealed, just as clearly, the horrific blindness of the religious clerics and their
efforts to spread the blindness around. This man, to go from not knowing where Jesus was, or even whether Jesus was a sinner or not, in very short order came to the revelation that Jesus was from God. This revelation came from the Father, just as it did to Peter when asked
who Jesus was, just as it did to Nathanael under the fig tree. Just as it does to any to whom it does. Because the truth is, every man, woman and child among us , was born blind, and Jesus is come to manifest the work of God, not ending with eyes that work, but with a mind that
believes God, and knows and believes Christ, whom the Father has sent and revealed in it.
So the end of the work ( realize that the man has never seen Jesus, but already knows a great deal about him):
“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, LORD, I BELIEVE, And he worshipped him.”
“And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”
“And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”
Jesus translates us into that which is true, eternal, abiding, everlasting, and as real and present now, as it will ever be. Everything Christ reveals in me, I abide in by faith, knowing it to be true. Every promise is in Him, “Yes”. Every word, “Amen”. He is the Israel of God, and the heir of every promise. There is no promise to Abraham, or to any of the fathers, that are not fulfilled in Him. Not one. The nation to whom the promises pertain, is of Him.
The prophets spoke of Christ , “I and the children my Father has given me”. This is all fulfilled in His resurrection. While I remain in flesh, my “seeing and hearing”, are the seeing and hearing of faith. For none of the promises will ever be inherent in flesh. The new man is the second man Adam, who is the Lord from heaven. He is the man of peace, all distinctions of flesh are abolished, and He, the Israel and heir of God, is available and obtainable to all, available that is, by faith. If I am Jewish in my flesh, I must understand that He is Israel. If I am gentile in my flesh, I must understand that He is Israel. If I do not yet see every promise concerning Israel fulfilled, I am not seeing the correct Israel. If I build again, the notion that their are two classes of human flesh, when the Lord has abolished the notion, making no difference anymore regarding the Promise of the Father, I make myself a transgressor. There do not exist now, or ever in Christ, any subsets of humanity.
Consider carefully, that when Jesus the child, was taken out of spiritual Egypt, where he would later be crucified, it was to fulfill the words spoken long before by Hosea, “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt”.
(Mat 2:14) “When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son”.
What Hosea said, until Christ, went unfulfilled. Jesus, in resurrection, Is the Israel of God, confirmed heir of every promise. There are no more forthcoming. So how are promises to the children confirmed?what are the glad tidings?the gospel of the very truth?:
(Acts 13) “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead: And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption”.
The Israel of God will never again return to flesh, and will never again know corruption. The Israel of God is Christ, and the nation, them that are raised with Him.