His disciples asked, ‘Rabbi, why was this man born blind. Was it because of his own sins or his parents?’
‘Neither’ said Jesus. ‘It was so the power of God could be seen in him. Remember I said, I am the light of the world.’
Then he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva and put it on the man’s eyes and said ‘Go and wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent). So he went and came back seeing!
His neighbours and friends argued about whether it was really him or not. Some said he just looked like the man born blind. But the beggar said – I am the same man!
And he told them what happened.
The people took him to the Pharisees, because it was the Sabbath day. Some of the Pharisees said – ‘this man Jesus is not from God because he is working on the Sabbath’. Others said ‘how else could he do miraculous signs?’.
They asked the healed man who he thought he was, and he said ‘a prophet.’ But they refused to believe.
They asked his parents. They said: ‘We know this is our son and he was born blind. We don’t know what happened. He’s a grown man. Ask him.’
His parents were afraid of the Jewish leaders because it had been announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synangogue.
The leaders told the man – ‘God should get the glory for this, because we know Jesus is a sinner’.
The man said ‘I don’t know whether he is a sinner, but this I know. I was blind and now I can see. Why do you keep asking me? Do you want to be his disciples?’
They were angry and said, ‘We follow Moses. We know God spoke to Moses. We don’t know where Jesus comes from.’
The man said ‘That’s strange, if this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it’
And they were so angry they threw him out of the synagogue.
Later Jesus found him, told him who he was and the man worshipped him.
Jesus said ‘I give sight to the blind, and who those who think they see, that they are blind’.