The need of the blind in religion — life's sight and life's shepherding
Life's sight — for the blind in religion
And as He passed by, He saw 1a
And His disciples asked Him, saying, Rabbi, 1who
sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?
Jesus answered, Neither has this man sinned nor his parents, but he was born so,
that the works of God might be manifested in him.
Receiving sight by the light and the anointing of life
We must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is aday
; night is coming when no one can work.
While I am in the world, I am the alight
of the world.
When He had said this, He aspat
on the ground and made clay of the 1spittle
and anointed his eyes with the clay,
And He said to him, Go, 1wash
in the pool of aSiloam
(which is interpreted, 2Sent
went therefore and washed and came away
The neighbors then and those who previously saw him as a beggar said, Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?
Some said, This is he. Others said, No, but he is like him. He said, I am the one.
They said then to him, How then were your eyes opened?
He answered, The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes, and said to me, Go to the pool
of Siloam and wash. I went therefore and washed, and I received my sight.
And they said to him, Where is He? He said, I do not know.
They brought him who was once blind to the Pharisees.
Persecuted by religion
Now it was the 1aSabbath
, on which day Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. And he said to them, He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.
Then some of the Pharisees said, This man is not from God, because He does anot
keep the Sabbath. But others said, How can a man who is
a sinner do such bsigns
? And there was ca
division among them.
Then they said to the blind man again, What do you say about Him, in that He opened your eyes? And he said, He is a prophet.
The Jews then did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight
And asked them, saying, Is this your son, of whom you say that he was born blind? How then does he now see?
Then his parents answered them
and said, We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.
But how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him; he is of age; he will speak for himself.
His parents said these things because they afeared
the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him to be the
Christ, he should be bput
out of the synagogue.
Because of this his parents said, He is of age; question him.
Therefore a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, aGive
glory to God; we know that this man is a sinner.
Then he answered, Whether or not
He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.
They said then to him, What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?
He answered them, aI
told you already and you did not hear. Why do you want to hear it
again? Do you also want to become His disciples?
And they reviled him and said, You are His disciple; but awe
are disciples of Moses.
We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, awe
do not know where He is from.
The man answered and said to them, Why here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet
He opened my eyes!
know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.
time began it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of one born blind.
this man were not 1from
God, He could do nothing.
They answered and said to him, You were wholly born in asins
, and you are teaching us? And they 1bcast
Believing into the Son of God
Jesus heard that they had acast
him out, and He found him and said, Do you believe into the 1Son
He answered and said, And who is He, aLord
, that I may believe into Him?
Jesus said to him, You have both seen Him, and aHe
is the One speaking with you.
And he said, Lord, I believe; and he aworshipped
Life's judgment on the blind religionists
And Jesus said, For ajudgment
I have come into this world, that bthose
who do not see may see, and that cthose
who see may become blind.
of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, We are not ablind
also, are we?
Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you would anot
have sin; but now that
you say, We see; your sin remains.