Who Sinned?; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.

After a time, we were back in Jerusalem. As Jesus went along, he saw a man blind from birth. We asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

I was thinking of a line in the Law, “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me…”

Jesus stopped us. Shaking his head, he said, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Is he leaving, I wondered. So no one sinned?

1465450700062-672x372Jesus turned towards the man. Kneeling down in front of him, Jesus told the blind beggar what he was doing as he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.

Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam.

“I’m going to follow him and see what happens,” I said.

“You could help him and make sure he makes it,” Nathaniel said.

I helped the man to the Pool.

The beggar knelt down and washed.

“I can see! Praise God!” He ran home to tell all he knew. I followed him, curious.

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.

Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

“How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.

He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

“Where is this man?” they asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said.

John 9:1-12
Deuteronomy 5:9

2 thoughts on “Who Sinned?; Learning Under Jesus

    • Paul’s history starts in Acts 7 when he is called Saul. In his letters later in the Bible he goes a little into his history.

      What questions about 1 Corinthians 15 do you have?


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