Comparison Between John 8 and John 9

There are verses in the opening chapter of John’s Gospel that provide an outline for the first twelve chapters of this gospel. It is important at this point as our study of this Gospel enters upon a new section. These verses speak of the coming of the Light into the world and say of that Light,

“He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:11-12 The coming of the Light aptly describes the content of the first four chapters of John’s Gospel. That “he came to that which was his own” describes the content of the next four chapters. The chapters we are about to study John 9-12, deal with those who received Jesus’ message. The emphasis is on Jesus calling out a people of His own in the midst of, and in spite of, growing hostility from the authorities of Judaism. This new section differs from the one before it in that in the old section we see Christ being rejected by His own people.

This section Christ, being rejected by His own, calls out to a new people. This is first seen by the blind man receiving his sight. In John 9, Jesus communicates sight. In John 9, He is received and worshipped. In John 8, the Jews are seen stooping down–to pick up stones. In John 9, Christ is seen stooping down–to make anointing clay. In John 8, Christ hides Himself from the Jews; in John 9 He reveals Himself to the blind beggar. In John 8, we have a company in whom the Word has no place. (verse 37); in John 8, Christ, inside the Temple, is called a demoniac (verse 48); In John 9, outside the Temple, He is owned as Lord (verse 36). The central Truth of John 8 is the Light testing human responsibility; in John 9 the central truth is God acting in sovereign grace after human responsibility has failed. [Arthur W. Pink, Exposition of the Gospel of John, vol. 2 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1945), 59-60.]

 

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