Lesson 6 - Healing a Man Who Was Born Blind
John recorded this sixth sign, which occurred when Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Once again, Jesus healed someone on the Sabbath (seventh day of the week) like he had done previously. Jewish leaders taught that only God could do “work” on the Sabbath. According to the leaders, Jesus was again breaking the Sabbath by doing work and healing someone. In this sign, Jesus also corrected the religious leaders’ theology that only sin caused physical difficulties. Jesus provided yet another sign that indicated he was more than just a man and that he knew much more than others about God’s work and purposes.
1As 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 works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works 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 After saying 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 asked.
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.”