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John 9:1-41 TPT

Afterward, as Jesus walked down the street, he noticed a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked him, “Teacher, whose sin caused this guy’s blindness, his
own, or the sin of his parents?”

Jesus answered, “Neither. It happened to him so that you could watch
him experience God’s miracle. While I am with you, it is daytime and we must
do the works of God who sent me while the light shines. For there is coming
a dark night when no one will be able to work. As long as I am with you my
life is the light that pierces the world’s darkness.”

Then Jesus spat on the ground and made some clay with his saliva. Then
he anointed the blind man’s eyes with the clay. And he said to the blind man,
“Now go and wash the clay from your eyes in the ritual pool of Siloam.” So
he went and washed his face and as he came back, he could see for the first
time in his life!

This caused quite a stir among the people of the neighborhood, for they
noticed the blind beggar was now seeing! They began to say to one another,
“Isn’t this the blind man who once sat and begged?” Some said, “No, it can’t be him!” Others said, “But it looks just like him—it has to be him!”

All the while the man kept insisting, “I’m the man who was blind!”

Finally, they asked him, “What has happened to you?”

He replied, “I met the man named Jesus! He rubbed clay on my eyes and
said, ‘Go to the pool named Siloam and wash.’ So I went and while I was washing
the clay from my eyes I began to see for the very first time ever!”

So the people of the neighborhood inquired, “Where is this man?”

“I have no idea.” the man replied.

So the people marched him over to the “Separated Ones” to speak with
them. They were concerned because the miracle Jesus performed happened
on a Sabbath day, a day that no one was allowed to “work.”

Then the “Separated Ones” asked the man, “How did you have your
sight restored?”

He replied, “A man anointed my eyes with clay, then I washed, and now I
can see for the first time in my life!”

Then an argument broke out among the “Separated Ones” over the healing
of the blind man on the Sabbath. Some said, “This man who performed this
healing is clearly not from God! He doesn’t even observe the Sabbath!” Others
said, “If Jesus is just an ordinary sinner, how could he perform a miracle like
that?”

This prompted them to turn on the man healed of blindness, putting him
on the spot in front of them all, demanding an answer. They asked, “Who do
you say he is—this man who opened your blind eyes?”

“He’s a prophet of God!” the man replied.

Still refusing to believe that the man had been healed and was truly blind
from birth, the Jewish leaders called for the man’s parents to be brought to
them.

So they asked his parents, “Is this your son?”

“Yes,” they answered.“Was he really born blind?”

“Yes, he was,” they replied.

So they pressed his parents to answer, “Then how is it that he’s now seeing?”

“We have no idea,” they answered. “We don’t know what happened to
our son. Ask him, he’s a mature adult. He can speak for himself.” (Now the
parents were obviously intimidated by the Jewish religious leaders, for they had
already announced to the people that if anyone publicly confessed Jesus as the
Messiah, they would be excommunicated. That’s why they told them, “Ask
him, he’s a mature adult. He can speak for himself.”)

So once again they summoned the man who was healed of blindness and
said to him, “Swear to God to tell us the truth! We know the man who healed
you is a sinful man! Do you agree?”

The healed man replied, “I have no idea what kind of man he is. All I
know is that I was blind and now I can see for the first time in my life!”

“But what did he do to you?” they asked. “How did he heal you?”

The man responded, “I told you once and you didn’t listen to me. Why do
you make me repeat it? Are you wanting to be his followers too?”

This angered the Jewish leaders. They heaped insults on him, “We can tell
you are one of his followers—now we know it! We are true followers of Moses,
for we know that God spoke to Moses directly. But as for this one, we don’t
know where he’s coming from!”

“Well, what a surprise this is!” the man said. “You don’t even know where
he comes from, but he healed my eyes and now I can see! We know that God
doesn’t listen to sinners, but only to godly people who do his will. Yet who has
ever heard of a man born blind that was healed and given back his eyesight? I
tell you, if this man isn’t from God, he wouldn’t be able to heal me like he has!”

Some of the Jewish leaders were enraged and said, “Just who do you
think you are to lecture us! You were born a blind, filthy sinner!” So they threw
the man out in the street.

When Jesus learned they had thrown him out, he went to find him and
said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

The man whose blind eyes were healed answered, “Who is he, Master?
Tell me so that I can place all my faith in him.”

Jesus replied, “You’re looking right at him. He’s speaking with you. It’s
me, the one in front of you now.”

Then the man threw himself at his feet and worshipped Jesus and said,
“Lord, I believe in you!”

And Jesus said, “I have come to judge those who think they see and
make them blind. And for those who are blind, I have come to make them
see.”

Some of the “Separated Ones” were standing nearby and overheard
these words. They interrupted Jesus and said, “You mean to tell us that we are
blind?”

Jesus told them, “If you would acknowledge your blindness, then your
sin would be removed. But now that you claim to see, your sin remains with
you!

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