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Class 6: Set Free!


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Part 1: Blind from birth

(This is part 1 of 10 parts in this class)


In John's Gospel chapter nine we read that Jesus healed a man who had been blind from birth. Beforehand the disciples asked Jesus, "Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" He answered them, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned."

Jesus' answer tells us it was not as a result of some fault, misstep or offence by him or his parents that he had suffered blindness all his life. Why had he so suffered then? What is it about our human existence that people so often find themselves afflicted in one form or another apparently through no fault of their own?


(N.B. When reading John 9:1-3 please be aware that punctuation in our New Testament is at the translator's discretion. In most versions we find that this discretion was poorly exercised in verse three - a better sense is read with a full stop after Jesus' answer in verse three and a coma at the end of that verse.)