Summary: Jesus heals the blind man
Blind eyes will see
Story takes place right after escaping being stoned Tried to tell them, now I'll show them
I'm the light of the world story of Spit mud and miracles Show video
JN 9:1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 9:3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
6 Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. 7 "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?" 9 Some claimed that he was.
Others said, "No, he only looks like him."
But he himself insisted, "I am the man."
10 "How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded.
11 He replied, "The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see."
12 "Where is this man?" they asked him.
"I don't know," he said.
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and I washed, and now I see."
Talking about the man as if he is deaf too Talk slower
"Who sinned?" Why is there disease, sin - demons, germs - does it matter? (all the same?)
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Common idea - sin = illness
The Rabbi's had a principle that they believed - there is no death without sin and there is no suffering without iniquity
Consequences vs. Punishment
Step on a crack story - tripped and skinned knee
Limited minds - you disobey, I'll plant a spanking on your backside. Does God work that way?
I had an abortion, now I am infertile - God's mad!
Skipped church to go to FB game, now I'm sick!
How are the works of God to be displayed in your life
In and through your trouble, your illness, your trials.
Big Idea #1 - God's still saying "Let there be light!"
Triumph of light over darkness - church preoccupied with itself needs to open its eyes!
I am the light of the world, makes sense to bring light to dark eyes. In a dark world, prejudice and fear rule the day, there is Good News! Not everyone got it.
Unpack the Spit story
Spit is a funny - gross - amazing thing. As long as it doesn't come out of your mouth, it's OK to be in your mouth.
98% water, contains electrolytes, antibacterial compounds and an enzyme that breaks some starches down into sugars, digestion of food begins in the mouth, before food reaches the stomach.
Why the spit and mud bit
Water ritual? - still in Tabernacles - Booths festival
Amazing how indifferent Jesus is in getting the credit
So the man wouldn't see him
So he would have to obey
Who wouldn't want to wash off spit and mud?
Pool named Siloam = sent - Jesus the "Sent One" sends the man to wash in a pool of the same name.
16 Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath."
But others asked, "How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?" So they were divided.
17 Finally they turned again to the blind man, "What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened."
The man replied, "He is a prophet." 18 The Jews still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents. 19 "Is this your son?" they asked. "Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?"
20 "We know he is our son," the parents answered, "and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don't know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself." 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, "He is of age; ask him."