Wednesday, April 25, 2012

John 9

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

They come across a blind man and the disciples ask Jesus whether the man sinned or if it was his parents who made him blind. Jesus says neither, but instead he is blind so that God's might could be displayed in him.

So the guy was blind so Jesus could show off and heal him? That is garbage.

Jesus spits on the ground and anoints the guy's eyes with the resulting mud. When he washes it off he can see. Everyone who knows the guy is surprised he can see and he tells them what happened. They try to find Jesus but fail. They went to the Pharisees and told them the story, they pointed out that the day the guy was healed was the Sabbath and Jesus must therefore not be from God. But others pointed out that he must be because of what he can do.

Jesus again demonstrates that he doesn't think keeping the Sabbath is all that important, I like that.

They don't believe the man had been blind so they ask his parents and they verified that he was born blind. They ask the man once again and he said that Jesus healed him. They said Jesus was a sinner and the man, he said that may be so, but he was healed by Jesus. He asked them if they wanted to be disciples of Jesus and they were mad because they were disciples of Moses who they know talked to God. He said he was blind but now he can see so the man must be from God to be able to do such things.

Jesus heard of all of this happening and found the man he had healed. Jesus asks if he believed in the son of man and the guy said yes. Jesus said many people could become blind. A Pharisee nearby asks if he is blind and Jesus said if he was blind he would be guilt free.

Does this last bit show that we are talking about being blind to sin or something?


  1. If blindness equals freedom from guilt, why heal blindness? Jesus seems to talk metaphorically a lot, even though his believers take him literally. It's all open to interpretation.

  2. That is a good question. I went back to look at the verse again and it seems that he is using blindness as a metaphor at the end. But it is confusing because we were talking about real blindness up until the end and then switched the metaphorical blindness.

    1. Screw Revelations, JC needs to come back just to clear this crap up!

  3. Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind. I agree with you a hundred percent. This kind of stuff really bothers me. I know I sound like a broken record, but I wonder if this is where the mentality comes from when pastors and priests talk about how people in our lives who are murdered or killed at a young age, are God's way of “teaching us 'lessons' like forgiveness.” It's so cruel. The man suffered his whole life so Jesus could convince a few people that he's God. Didn't we cover where he said he would give this generation no sign? I think about that with every miracle story. It is interesting how the two stories seem to differ a bit. And Lastly, he says that he comes to judge , which is inconsistent of other things he's said in the gospel of John.

    And when it comes to the bible, it all really is open to interpretation. If it was clearly written or consistent, then you'd think there would be just one church.


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