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The Man Born Blind : A man born blind is healed by Jesus, but finds himself a social outcast as a result.
The Man Born Blind

based on John 9:1-10:6.

Jesus is in Jerusalem, and has caused outrage (in fact, he almost got himself stoned to death) by strongly hinting that he is himself the God of Abraham. All this, in the precincts of the Temple, and on the Sabbath too. The Pharisees are not amused.

AS Jesus passed out of the Temple, his eyes fell on a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples assumed his misfortune was a punishment for sin, but Jesus told them that it was not a punishment. It was an opportunity to see God’s glory.

He wetted some mud with his own spit to make clay, and plastered it over the man’s eyes. Then he told him to wash the poultice out in the Pool of Siloam.

All of this - kneading dense, soft materials as if they were dough, for example - was forbidden on the Sabbath. Yet when the man returned, he could see.

Scenting an infraction of the Sabbath laws, the Pharisees immediately instituted enquiries. When the man refused to testify against Jesus, he was barred from the synagogue, making him an outcast.

But Jesus went to find him, because (as he told his disciples) the good shepherd cares for his sheep, and will lay down his life for them.

based on John 9:1-10:6.

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The remains of the Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem, where the blind man washed off the clay poultice smeared onto his eyes by Jesus, and found he could see for the first time in his life.

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