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The Book of John: New Lessons in Healing

From the June 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal

EVERY ACCOUNT OF CHRIST JESUS' LIFE offers new "glorious glimpses"  Science and Health, p. 333. of this God-directed individual. While most of the healings that Jesus performs are told in five to seven verses, one major exception is in the book of John, the 41 -verse healing of the man born blind.  See John 9:1-41 . These extra verses add new details about Jesus and about the events after the healing.

The healing of blindness was considered proof of the arrival of the Messiah as seen in Isaiah's prediction regarding the Messianic times: "The eyes of the blind shall be opened."  Isaiah 35:5. Perhaps this is the reason readers find at least one healing of blindness in each Gospel and blindness is covered seven times in the Gospels. No other issue is mentioned to this extent.

The first new "glorious glimpse" of Jesus in this healing is his reply to a question raised by his disciples: "Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus' answer, "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him," eliminates both the question of relationship between sin and punishment and the heredity angle. A translation of the last half of the passage, helps us understand Jesus' answer: "but to show the power of God at work in him." Jesus continues, "I am the world's light as long as I am in it."  John 9:3, The New Testament in Modern English. From this, the reader can conclude that Christ's light eliminates all darkness, even the darkness of blindness.