The Story of Jesus

The Man Born Blind

One Sabbath day as Jesus left the temple, he saw a blind man begging by the roadside. This man had been blind since birth. He lived with his parents in Jerusalem.

The disciples had seen him before. They asked, "Master, who sinned that this man was born blind?"

"No one sinned," Jesus told them.

"He is blind so the power of God can be shown through him."

The disciples watched as Jesus stopped in front of the blind man. Mixing a little clay, Jesus rubbed it on the blind man's eyelids. "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam," Jesus told the poor man.

Without a word the blind man arose and groped his way to the pool. Here he washed the mud from his sightless eyes. Immediately he could see, and he ran home to tell the good news.

Everyone was surprised when he told what had happened! Some who saw him asked, "Is this the man who sat by the roadside and begged?" To this some said, "This is he." Others replied, "It looks like him."

The man who had been blind settled the question by saving "I am he."

The excitement grew when the people heard that Jesus had opened the blind man's eyes. They gathered around him and asked, "What did Jesus do to you? How did he open your eyes?"

The man told how Jesus mixed a little clay, rubbed it on his eyes, and sent him to wash in the pool of Siloam. "When I did as he commanded, I could see," he said joyfully.

"Where is this Jesus now?" the people asked. But the man did not know.

The neighbors took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. There the rulers questioned him. Finally they said of Jesus, "This man is not of God because he does not keep the Sabbath."

Others standing by said, "How could a sinner do such miracles?"

And the people were divided. Some thought Jesus had the power of God. Others thought he deceived those who believed on him.

Turning to the man who had been healed, the Pharisees asked, "What do you say of the one who opened your eyes?"

The man replied, "I believe he is a prophet."

Jesus' enemies were much worked up over this miracle. They tried to find some way to prove it was not true. Perhaps the man had only pretended to be blind. The rulers called his parents and questioned them.

The parents were afraid. The rulers had already agreed that any one who confessed Jesus as the Christ would be turned out of the synagogue. When asked to identify their son and tell how he was made to see, they answered, "We do not know how he was made to see or who opened his eyes. He is old enough. Ask him. He will speak for himself."

Jesus' enemies grew angry. Again they asked the man who had been blind, "What did Jesus do to you? How did he open your eyes?"

He said, "I told you once, and you would not listen. If I tell you again, will you also be his disciples?"

Scornfully they said, "We are Moses' disciples, for we know God spoke to Moses. As for this fellow we do not know where he came from."

Now the man Jesus had healed said boldly, "It is strange that you do not know where Jesus came from, since he opened my blinded eyes. If any man worships God and does his will, God hears that man. Since the world began, no one has opened the eyes or one who was born blind. If Jesus were not of God, he could do nothing."

The rulers were angry when they heard this. Because the man had dared to try to teach them, they threw him out of the synagogue. No longer would he be welcome to worship there.

When Jesus heard what had happened, he went to find the man Jesus asked, "Do you believe on the Son of God?"

The man answered, "Who is he, Lord, that I may believe?"

And Jesus said, "You have seen him with your eyes. He is speaking to you right now."

"Lord, I believe!" the man said joyfully.

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