The Healing of the Man Born Blind

In the ninth chapter of John's Gospel is recorded the healing of a man who was born blind. It is evident that John attached great importance to this incident, for he goes into much detail, particularly in recounting the consequent controversy with the Pharisees. It is helpful to consider some of the lessons to be gained from a study of this narrative.

Why was the man born blind? was a natural question which the disciples asked of Jesus. Had his parents committed some grievous sin for which their son must suffer? Why must he be blind? "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him," was the declaration of Jesus. What were these "works of God" which were to "be made manifest in him"? Generally speaking, a so-called law of heredity had to be broken. Are there not many such false laws that should be broken today? False appetites, passions, anger, hatred, revenge, disease, and sin must be recognized as powerless to hold one in bondage.

April 6, 1935

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