8 December 

John was a fisherman whom Jesus called to be an apostle. He was one of the inner circle of apostles who saw certain events that the other gospel writers did not, such as the raising of Jairus’ daughter. He called himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” His gospel begins by showing that Jesus was God. John was writing to all men with the primary purpose that they might believe. One of the key words is believe.

John 9 

1. John 9:1-7. What prominent belief about sin and sickness did Jesus’ disciples allude to concerning the blind man? How does Jesus’ response deal with their ideas? (Hint: Jesus tells them that you can’t assume that someone is sinning just because they are sick. That most of the time those two things are not directly, individually connected.)

2. John 9:8-12. What is the struggle of the people upon seeing the man healed? What is his testimony about Jesus? What does this tell us about talking about Jesus? (Hint: We are simply testifying about who Jesus is and what he has done.)

3. John 9:13-17. The Pharisees added rules for keeping the Sabbath. How did these rules influence their opinion of Jesus? What does this tell us about how religion (i.e., man-made rules to gain favor with God) can get things, and Jesus, wrong?

4. John 9:18-23. Why are the healed man’s parents afraid? What does their response tell us about following Jesus and the relationships with have with others? (Hint: Sometimes becoming a Christian can make things harder not easier.)

5. John 9:24-34. How does the healed man demonstrate a growing boldness in standing up for Jesus? Why is his defense a strong one? (Hint: He sees!)

6. John 9:35-41. How do we know that the healed man in believing Jesus receives him as more than just a man? (Hint: He worships Jesus on the spot.) In light of what has happened in John 9, what truth does Jesus point to about himself in v. 39?