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In the time of the early church, anyone who confessed Jesus as Lord was expelled from the Temple and the local synagogues. Those beloved walls would no longer embrace the ones who had embraced Jesus. There would be no more pilgrimages to Jerusalem for them!
Herein lies the significance of the account of “The Man Born Blind.” Here too is that irony that threads its way through John’s Gospel. The miracle of being able to see for the first time since birth contrasts with the blindness of those who arrogantly claim to see, but who are in fact, blind.
May you be enriched by the confession of the blind man given the gift of sight by faith. No longer are the Pharisees there, “expelled” from Jesus’presence by their disbelief. Remain with the blind man and Jesus. What is happening to you as you share this silent, loving space together?
What are these?
Jesus the light of the world. v. 5
“Then I washed, and now I see.” v. 15
Worshipping and obeying v. 31
I believe and I adore. v. 38
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