An Eye Opening Miracle

An Eye Opening Miracle

Scripture: John 9:1-41 (NRSV)

In John 9 we read that, “as Jesus walked by, he saw a man blind from birth.” Jesus sees. He notices us. He doesn’t ignore or see through us or walk on by. Jesus sees, and he especially sees with the eyes of compassion those who are hurting. He doesn’t turn a blind eye. He sees them and goes to them. The disciples see too, but they see a problem more than a person. “Jesus, was this man born blind because of his sin or his parent’s sin?” Jesus’ response? Neither. You’re asking the wrong question. The disciples saw a problem—Jesus saw a possibility. The disciples saw the visible—Jesus saw the invisible. The disciples assigned blame—Jesus took responsibility and acted and healed the man. Like the disciples, we need to see our challenges, and the challenges around us, in a very different light. And Jesus, the Light of the World, sheds the light we need on these things.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor John


March 19, 2023 – 4th Sunday in Lent

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Sermon Art: Christ Healing a Blind Man, Mid-12th-century mural from the Hermitage of San Baudelio de Berlanga (Soria), and now housed in the Cloisters Museum in New York.



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