Did Jesus Help The Blind Man See?

Some people took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees (115).  They also asked him how he had received his sight. He replied, “Jesus put some mud on my eyes, I washed my face, and now I can see.”

Some of the Pharisees said, “The man who did this can’t be from God, for he doesn’t obey the Sabbath law!” Other Pharisees, however, said, “How could a man who is a sinner do such miracles as these?” So opinion among them was divided.

Some Pharisees tried digging a little deeper.  “You say he cured you of your blindness; how was he able to do this?” “He must be a prophet,” the man answered.

blind man

Other Pharisees, however, were not willing to believe that the man had really been blind all his life.  So they called his parents and asked them, “Is this your son? You say that he was born blind, right?  So how can he now see?”

Blind Mans Parents questioned by Pharisees

His parents answered, “We know that he’s our son, and we know that he was born blind. But we don’t know how he is now able to see, and we don’t know who cured him of his blindness. Why don’t you ask him?  He is old enough to answer for himself.”

His parents were afraid of the Jewish authorities, because they had threatened to expel from the synagogue anyone who said they believed Jesus was the Messiah. That is why his parents said, “He is old enough; ask him.”


(115) John 9:13-23