In the Old Testament, Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah. Isaiah 35:5-6 tells about a time when “the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy.” When God the Son came to earth, He came as a Healer—removing skin diseases, raising the dead to life, making the lame walk, and giving sight to the blind.
John 9 gives us a glimpse of the kingdom of God, where creation is redeemed, and opens our eyes to the greater purpose of suffering in our lives. The disciples asked Jesus a question that many still wrestle with today: Why is this person suffering? (In this case, why was this man born blind?) Was it because of sin?
Jesus’ answer gives hope to anyone facing suffering: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him” (John 9:3). Because Jesus is Lord over everything, all suffering in this life has meaning and purpose.
Miraculously, Jesus gave sight to the man who was blind. The man’s neighbors noticed the change, and he told them what Jesus had done for him. But the reaction of the religious leaders—skepticism and unbelief—reveals a different kind of blindness: spiritual blindness. Sin keeps us from seeing what is true about God. Jesus came as light into a dark world. He helps us see what is true so we can know God.
Our sin makes us unable to see the truth about God. Jesus came as a light in a dark world. He came to give us sight - TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF GOD AND HIS KINGDOM. Those who trust in Jesus see who He is and worship Him with their whole heart.
Those who trust in Jesus are freed from sin and worship Jesus as Lord. We can live fully in the light of Jesus as we seek to make Him known to others so that their eyes might be opened to the truth of the gospel as well.
To interact with the content this week, first preview the lesson with your child by completing the first side of the age-appropriate activity page, then watch the Bible Story Video together. Next discuss the key points of the story with your child (possible questions below). Finally, complete the second side of the activity page and any other activity pages you think your child will enjoy!
Suggested Questions for Discussion:
1. What question did the disciples ask Jesus about the man born blind? (Who sinned, this man or his parents?) What was Jesus' answer? (No one. This man was born blind so the glory of God could be shown through him)
2. What did Jesus put on the man's eyes? (Mud made from his spit) Where did Jesus tell the man to wash?(the Pool of Siloam) What happened when the man washed off the mud (He could see)
3. What was the reaction of his friends and neighbors (they didn't believe he was the same person) Why didn't they recognize him? (they couldn't believe someone born blind could be healed)
4. What was the reaction of the Pharisees and religious teachers? (They were angry the man had been healed on the Sabbath) What did they do to the healed man? (They expelled him from the Synagogue forever) FOR OLDER KIDS - How do the Pharisees show a different kind of blindness?
5. Why did Jesus look for the man? (Answers will vary. Because Jesus cared about him. Because Jesus wanted him to understand He was the Messiah, the Savior of the world) What did the man do? (worshipped Jesus)
6. Was Jesus only concerned about the man's eyesight? (No, he used the healing of his eyesight to prove who he was - the one and only Son of God) What was Jesus BIG concern in this story and the other stories where he healed people? (Jesus was more concerned with people's SPIRITUAL healing than their physical healing. Jesus knew forgiveness of sins and having a forever relationship with Him was more important than any need they could ever have in this life.)
**FOR OLDER KIDS
7. How has Jesus used physical needs and difficulties in your life to teach you spiritual truths?