Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Mother of the Blind Man

Jesus healed a man who’d been blind since birth. He spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. He covered the man’s eyes with the mud then told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The man did as Jesus said, and when he washed, he came back seeing.

Those who knew him as a blind beggar didn’t know what to think. Some asked if he were in fact the same person. Others argued it wasn’t. He kept telling everyone he was the one. 

They asked how his eyes were suddenly opened, and he explained how Jesus healed him. They asked where Jesus was, but he didn’t know.

They brought the man to the Pharisees. They tried to insist that Jesus couldn’t be a man of God since he made mud on the Sabbath. They asked the man what he thought. He said Jesus was a prophet.

The Jews didn’t believe he’d been blind and healed, so they called in his mother and father. They asked them if he’d indeed been born blind but now could see. His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” (John 9:20)

The blind man’s mother was afraid if she confessed Jesus, she’d be denied entrance to the synagogue. So instead of rejoicing in her son’s miracle, she denounced it. She chose religion over Jesus. 

Read about the mother of the blind man: John 9

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