Q. Could you please explain what Jesus was saying in John 9:39-41? Was He saying that those who claim to be without sin are blind when speaking to the Pharisees?
A. Here’s what John 9:39-41 says;
Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
Although Jesus had just given physical sight to a blind man, this passage is about spiritual blindness. When He said He had come so the blind could see and those who see would become blind (John 9:39), He was talking about giving understanding about the things of God to those who had only a little and wanted more. Many of them would accept the Gospel message and be saved.
But He realized that those who thought they already knew everything would resist His teaching and remain in their ignorance. The religious leaders had devoted their lives to study and thought of themselves as experts in the Law. They weren’t open to the thoughts of a “self appointed” teacher who had no such background. Because of that, they would not accept His death as payment for their sins and would not be saved (John 9:41).