More of the Word
John Chapter 9 ...
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
1 ... As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
2 ... His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned,
this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
3 ... "Neither this
man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus,
"but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
4 ... As long as it isday, we must do the work of
him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
5 ... While I am in the world, I am the light of
6 ... Having said this, he spit on the ground, made
some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes.
7 ... "Go,"
he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam"
(this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
8 ... His neighbors and those who had formerly seen
him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?"
9 ... Some claimed that he was.
Others said, "No, he only looks like him."
But he himself insisted, "I am the man."
10 ... "How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded.
11 ... 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."
12 ... "Where is this man?" they asked him.
"I don't know," he said.
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
13 ... They brought to the Pharisees the man who
had been blind.
14 ... Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud
and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath.
15 ... Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how
he had received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and
I washed, and now I see."
16 ... 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 do such miraculous
signs?" So they were divided.
17 ... Finally they turned again to the blind man,
"What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened."
The man replied, "He is a prophet."
18 ... The Jews still did not believe that had been
blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents.
19 ... "Is this your son?" they asked. "Is this the
one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?"
20 ... "We know he is our son," the parents answered,
"and we know he was born blind.
21 ... 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."
22 ... His parents said this because they were afraid
of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged
that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue.
23 ... That was why his parents said, "He is of age;
24 ... A second time they summoned the man who had
been blind. "Give glory to God, they said. "We know this man is a sinner."
25 ... 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!"
26 ... Then they asked him, "What did he do to you?
How did he open your eyes?"
27 ... 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?"
28 ... Then they hurled insults at him and said,
"You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses!
29 ... We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for
this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from."
30 ... The man answered, "Now that is remarkable!
You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.
31 ... We know that God does not listen to sinners.
He listens to the godly man who does his will.
32 ... Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes
of a man born blind.
33 ... If this man were not from God, he could do
34 ... To this they replied, "You were steeped in
sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out.
35 ... Jesus heard that they had thrown him out,
and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe
in the Son of Man?"
36 ... "Who is he, sir?" the man asked. "Tell me
so that I may believe in him."
37 ... Jesus said, "You
have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you."
38 ... Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and
he worshiped him.
39 ... Jesus said, "For
judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those
who see will become blind."
40 ... Some Pharisees who were with him heard him
say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"
41 ... Jesus said, "If
you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim
you can see, your guilt remains.
John Chapter 10 ...
The Shepherd and His Flock
1 ... I tell you the truth, the man who does not
enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a
thief and a robber.
2 ... The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd
of his sheep.
3 ... The watchman opens the gate for him, and the
sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them
4 ... When he has brought out all his own, he goes
on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
5 ... But they will never follow a stranger; in fact,
they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's
6 ... Jesus used this figure of speech, but they
did not understand what he was telling them.
7 ... Therefore Jesus said again, "I
tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
8 ... All who ever came before me were thieves and
robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
9 ... I am the gate; whoever enters through me will
be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
10 ... The thief comes only to steal and kill and
destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 ... "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd
lays down his life for the sheep.
12 ... The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns
the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs
away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
13 ... The man runs away because he is a hired hand
and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 ... "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and
my sheep know me ...
15 ... just as the Father knows me and I know the
Father ... and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 ... I have other sheep that are not of this sheep
pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there
shall be one flock and one shepherd.
17 ... The reason my Father loves me is that I lay
down my life ... only to take it up again.
18 ... No one takes it from me, but I lay it down
of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take
it up again. This command I received from my Father."
19 ... At these words the Jews were again divided.
20 ... Many of them said, "He is demon-possessed
and raving mad. Why listen to him?"
21 ... But others said, "These are not the sayings
of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"
The Unbelief of the Jews
22 ... Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem.
It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon's Colonade.
24 ... The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How
long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."
25 ... Jesus answered, "I
did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's
name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
27 ... My sheep listen to my voice; I know them,
and they follow me.
28 ... I give them eternal life, and they shall never
perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.
29 ... My Father, who has given them to me, is greater
than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand.
30 ... I and my Father are one."1 and the Father
31 ... Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him,
but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you
many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"
33 ... "We are not stoning you for any of these,"
replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to
34 ... Jesus answered them, "Is
it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are gods'?
35 ... If he called them 'gods,' to whom the word
of God came ... and the Scripture cannot be broken ... what about the one
whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why
then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son?
37 ... Do not believe me unless I do what my Father
38 ... But if I do it, even though you do not believe
me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father
is in me, and I in the Father."
39 ... Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped
40 ... Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to
the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he stayed
and many people came to him. They said, "Though John never performed a
miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true."
42 ... And in that place many believed in Jesus.
The Death of Lazarus
1 ... Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from
Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.