8.6 Healed a Man Born Blind

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8.6 As Jesus walked along, he saw a man born blind. His disciples asked, “Master, is he born blind because he or his parents sinned?”

Jun 25 Jesus replied, “Neither. He was born blind to show Gods works. We must quickly do Gods work1 who sent me, as day2 passes into night when no one can work. While Im here, I am the light of the world.” Then he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva and applied it to the mans eyes. Then he said, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” The man obeyed and returned seeing. Neighbors and acquaintances asked, “Isnt this he who used to beg? Some said he was, others said he resembled him. He said he was. “How were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man called Jesus put some mud on my eyes, and told me to wash in the pool of Siloam. I washed, and then I could see!” “Where is this Jesus?” they asked. “I dont know,” he replied.

Jun 26 They took him to the Pharisees. As it was the Sabbath when Jesus restored his sight, the Pharisees also asked him how he regained his sight. He repeated the story, so some Pharisees said, “This man Jesus isnt from God, because he doesnt keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a sinner do such signs?” So they were divided. They spoke to the man, “Since he healed you, what do you say of him?” He answered, “He is a prophet.”

The religious populace disbelieved his story, so they called his parents and asked them, “Is this your son who was born blind?” They answered, “Yes, he is our son who was born blind. But how he now sees or who opened his eyes, we dont know. Hes old enough to answer, ask him.” They said this, fearing the religious populace who had agreed that, whoever acknowledged Jesus as Christ would be excommunicated.

Jun 27 They called the man again, “Give God the glory. We know this Jesus is a sinner.” He replied, “Whether a sinner or not, I dont know, I do know this: I was blind but now I see!” They asked, “What did he do to open your eyes?” He said, “I told you, you wont believe. Why hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”

They began insulting him, saying, “Youre his disciple! We follow Moses! God spoke to Moses, but we dont even know where this Jesus came from.” The man answered, “How strange! You dont know where hes from, yet he opened my eyes.

Jun 28 We know God doesnt hear sinners, but hears the godly man who obeys Him. Opening the eyes of one born blind is unheard of. If he isnt from God,3 he couldnt have done anything.” They answered, “Do you, who was born in sin, teach us?” and they expelled him.

Jesus heard this, found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of man?” He asked, “Who is He, sir, that I may believe in Him?”

Jesus replied, “I,4 you see talking to you, am He!” He said, “Lord, I believe” and worshipped him.

Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, that the blind may see, and those who see will become blind.” Pharisees who heard this asked, “Are we blind too?”

Jesus replied, “If you were blind, you wouldnt be sinners, but you say We see, so your sin remains.”