Fourth Sunday of Lent
Jesus Heals a Blind Man on the Sabbath
John 9: 1 - 41
One more time, Jesus insulted the Pharisees by healing on the Sabbath, the day on which no work of any sort is to be done, so that people can spend one day each week in prayer and worship, concentrating only on God.
Blindness not only restricted life terribly for people of that time (there were no seeing eye dogs nor any sort of technology to help people), but Jesus was always aware of spiritual blindness. There are none so blind as those who will not see, and Jesus used his healing of the blind to point out that fact.
The disciples asked Jesus who was to blame for his blindness - the man or his parents. For Jesus it is never about blame; it is always one more opportunity to show the goodness of God.
And again we see a ritual washing away of sins, which reminds us of baptism.
1. Who does Jesus say he is?
[Jesus says he is the light of the world.]
2. On which day did Jesus heal the blind man?
[Jesus healed the blind man on the Sabbath.]
3. How did the blind man know that Jesus came from God?
[The blind man said, "If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."]
4. Who did Jesus say had sight but could not see?
[Jesus said the Pharisees had sight, but could not see.]
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