Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
1As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been born blind. 2His followers asked him, “Teacher, whose sin caused this man to be born blind—his own sin or his parents’ sin?”
3Jesus answered, “It is not this man’s sin or his parents’ sin that made him blind. This man was born blind so that God’s power could be shown in him. 4While it is daytime, we must continue doing the work of the One who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6After Jesus said this, he spit on the ground and made some mud with it and put the mud on the man’s eyes. 7Then he told the man, “Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.” (Siloam means Sent.) So the man went, washed, and came back seeing.
8The neighbors and some people who had earlier seen this man begging said, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”
9Some said, “He is the one,” but others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
The man himself said, “I am the man.”
10They asked, “How did you get your sight?”
11He answered, “The man named Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. Then he told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
12They asked him, “Where is this man?”
“I don’t know,” he answered.
Pharisees Question the Healing
13Then the people took to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14The day Jesus had made mud and healed his eyes was a Sabbath day. 15So now the Pharisees asked the man, “How did you get your sight?”
He answered, “He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and now I see.”
16So some of the Pharisees were saying, “This man does not keep the Sabbath day, so he is not from God.”
But others said, “A man who is a sinner can’t do miracles like these.” So they could not agree with each other.
17They asked the man again, “What do you say about him since it was your eyes he opened?”
The man answered, “He is a prophet.”
18These leaders did not believe that he had been blind and could now see again. So they sent for the man’s parents 19and asked them, “Is this your son who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?”
20His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21But we don’t know how he can now see. We don’t know who opened his eyes. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.” 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the elders, who had already decided that anyone who said Jesus was the Christ would be avoided. 23That is why his parents said, “He is old enough. Ask him.”
24So for the second time, they called the man who had been blind. They said, “You should give God the glory by telling the truth. We know that this man is a sinner.”
25He answered, “I don’t know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I see.”
26They asked, “What did he do to you? How did he make you see again?”
27He answered, “I already told you, and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his followers, too?”
28Then they insulted him and said, “You are his follower, but we are followers of Moses. 29We know that God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.”
30The man answered, “This is a very strange thing. You don’t know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31We all know that God does not listen to sinners, but he listens to anyone who worships and obeys him. 32Nobody has ever heard of anyone giving sight to a man born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
34They answered, “You were born full of sin! Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out.
Spiritual Blindness
35When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, Jesus found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36He asked, “Who is the Son of Man, sir, so that I can believe in him?”
37Jesus said to him, “You have seen him. The Son of Man is the one talking with you.”
38He said, “Lord, I believe!” Then the man worshiped Jesus.
39Jesus said, “I came into this world so that the world could be judged. I came so that the blind would see and so that those who see will become blind.”
40Some of the Pharisees who were nearby heard Jesus say this and asked, “Are you saying we are blind, too?”
41Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin. But since you keep saying you see, your guilt remains.”
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