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