Sermon following the story of the healing of a blind human
being. This is the second epitome story of John after the woman at the
well. Here we see the pitfalls and dangers of being made whole in
Christ. You may even get kicked out of your religious institution! I
mean, not here at Grace, but at other places.
at the story from the point of view of the disciples, the neighbors and
family, and the Pharisees or religious as ourselves. The hard question
of the week is Can you grow in your faith and belief and spiritual
practice and not become judgemental, even blasphemous, as you do?
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ
came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world:
Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
before, this story touches on major themes of the Gospel of John. It
would be helpful to read the whole thing and see the ties. Two that lie
open in Greek but do not translate well are the ἄνθρωπος
or human being problem we have seen before and the word worship used in
only here and in the woman at the well and again at John 12 when Jesus
declares that his hour has arrived after some Greeks came to worship at
the feast and sought out Jesus. It also deals heavily in what kind of
birth you have (or don"t) i.e. born blind and whose disciple you are or
are not. It deals of course here with light and sight at meaning rich
signs and not merely physical issues. To read this merely as physical
would be to do what everyone does who misunderstands Jesus throughout