The Gospel of John 9:35-41 (Jesus identifies himself as the “Son of Man”). – Angelic Wars

The Gospel of John 9:35-41 (Jesus identifies himself as the “Son of Man”).


 

Let’s finish up the story of the healing of the blind man and Jesus telling him he is the “Son of Man.” John 9:35-41

Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”

37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

39 Jesus said, “For judgment, I have come into this world so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”

41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why did Jesus use the title, “Son of Man?” What does it mean?
  2. What did Jesus mean by his statements of the Pharisees claiming to see and their guilt remains?



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Anna says January 30, 2024

1. Why did Jesus use the title, “Son of Man?” What does it mean?

He knows that he is the Son of God (our Messiah) and also the Son of Man, he is both. He knows of his duality. Yet, he humbles himself by claiming to be the Son of Man, he acknowledges his humanity and his frailty. That he is one of us, that we are all connected, we are all God’s creation.

2. What did Jesus mean by his statements of the Pharisees claiming to see and their guilt remains?

The Pharisees claim to see, which means they claim to know about God’s word and his teaching yet they reject him even though he is right in front, they are hypocrites. They are blind to their own sin. They claim to hear the truth, but they cannot see what it means. They cannot see the big picture of salvation and they are unable to see how it applies to their own life.

They cannot see the truth because their their hearts are close, thereby, they cannot understand the meaning of it all. We have to open our hearts to hear and feel God’s word and feel it resonate in our hearts.

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    Rick says February 1, 2024

    Thanks for your insightful answers, Anna. Yes, the duality of Christ is a mystery back then and today. There is actually more to the term “Son of Man” that I will comment on in a few days. The best line you wrote was to “open our hearts” which comes from Eohesians 1:18-21————-“I pray that the eyes of your heart be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

    I will be responding with my thoughts on this John passage in a few days.

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Rick says February 7, 2024

Rick’s thoughts:

1. Why did Jesus use the title, “Son of Man?” What does it mean?

The “Son of Man” is mentioned 88 times in the New Testament and comes from a prophecy in Daniel 7:13-14. “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.”

When Jesus referred to himself as the Son of Man, the Pharisees knew he was referring to himself as God. This is obvious by the High Priest’s reaction of tearing his robe when Jesus said this in Matthew 26:62-65.

“Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?’ But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, ‘I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God. ’You have said so,’ Jesus replied. ‘But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’ Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.’”

2. What did Jesus mean by his statements of the Pharisees claiming to see and their guilt remains?

The Pharisees are the most educated of the Jews and have the ability to determine whether Jesus is the Messiah. Most of them were more concerned with tradition than the truth. (John 5:39-40; 5:45-47). Though they thought they could “see” God, they were blinded by their sin.

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