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.
The Jews brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.
“Why did they do that?” John asked behind me as I watched.
“You startled me!”
“Sorry. I got curious, too.”
“I think it’s because the man was healed on the Sabbath.”
The Pharisees also asked him, “How can you see again?”
“He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.
Turning again to the blind man, they asked, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”
The man replied, “He is a prophet.”
“This is a trick. He wasn’t born blind. Bring his parents to us so we can question them.”
After a while, they came.
“Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”
“We know he is our son,” his parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.”
John said, “They’re scared. The Jewish leaders already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.”
A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”
He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind, but now I see!”
I saw Jesus arrive in the corner of my eye. He stood at the back of the crowd.
Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
He answered, “I have told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”
Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”
The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does His will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
Jesus turned and left the group. John and I followed, with the shouts ringing in our ears, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!”
“They just threw the man Jesus healed out and barred him from the synagogue,” John said.
“Pharisees are usually fairer in their trials. These guys went overboard.”