Summary: By the healing of a man born blind, Jesus shows that he is the Son of God. That opens our eyes! But for some it just leads to further blindness.

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John 9:1-7,13-17,34-39

3rd Sunday in Lent – A

February 27, 2005


John 9:1-7,13-17,34-39 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?" 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… 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." 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."… 34 To this they replied, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out. 35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" 36 "Who is he, sir?" the man asked. "Tell me so that I may believe in him." 37 Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you." 38 Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."

Jesus Opens the Eyes of the Blind

I. The blind from birth

II. Those who blind themselves

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love (2 John 3). Amen.

It’s amazing what they can do with your eyes these days! Having cataracts removed is outpatient work. Laser surgery restores sight, so that glasses and contact lenses can be tossed in the garbage. But we haven’t learned how to eradicate blindness completely from the human experience. All the same, there is amazing technology out there to make life easier for those who can’t see. In Japan scientists are making cameras that are small enough to fit on a blind person’s glasses. The mini-cams recognize the white crosswalk lines and the stop & go lights, and through a miniature computer processes the information, and gives verbal commands: when it is safe to cross the road, or which direction will keep him in the white lines. They are also working on walking canes that detect approaching objects, warn of moving or parked cars. They are also working on GPS technology which will map a blind man’s route, informing him when to turn and when he is near his favorite café.

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