Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Religion: (About) 100 Words on Disciple IV – The Gospel of John: the Light of the World

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.

With this opening to John 9, the author introduces a second and third potent metaphors, those of light and sight (also water, but this is developed more fully elsewhere). Light can be viewed broadly to mean consciousness necessary first, and then awareness, which is sight.

© Copyright, C. Michael Bailey, 2007