Sunday, March 26
John 9:1-41 • A Man Born Blind Receives Sight

As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. In those times, illness and disability were sometimes attributed to sin. Jesus proclaimed instead that the man was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him, saying, “I am the light of the world.” Jesus spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, sending him to wash and to be healed.
This transforming miracle is confusing, perhaps even threatening, for many. Preceding and following it are nearly 40 verses detailing the controversy. The nameless man, who previously had to beg for a living, is at the center of a near mob of disciples, Pharisees, Judeans, even his own parents, divided, afraid, blaming. Still, he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Jesus.