Short Story 6 – Healing a Man Born Blind (John 9:1-12, 13-41)

The Gospel of John features 7 short stories that offer a sampling of the miracles Jesus performed during his time of public ministry. These were written so that his readers would come to “believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing [they] may have life in his name” (John 20:31b).

Here is the plot of the sixth short story:

Healing a Man Born Blind (John 9:1-12, 13-41)

  1. Setting: 
    1. Jerusalem, outside the temple. (8:59)
  2. Conflict: 
    1. Jesus saw a man blind from birth. (v.1)
    2. His disciples asked,” who sinned: this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (v.2)
  3. Rising Action:
    1. Jesus said, “Neither.” (v.3)
    2. Jesus claimed that it came about so God’s works might be displayed in him. (v. 3)
  4. Climax
    1. Jesus spit on the ground, made clay, and put it on the man’s eyes. (v. 6)
    2. He had the man go and wash the mud off in the pool of Siloam. (v. 7)
    3. The man obeyed and came back seeing. (v. 7)
  5. Falling Action:
    1. The man’s neighbors couldn’t understand what had happened. (vv. 8-9)
    2. He explained how his eyes had been opened. (vv. 9-11)
    3. He had a disheartening encounter with the Jews. (vv. 13-34)
  6. Resolution:
    1. Jesus approached the man again and asked if he believed in the Son of Man. (v. 35)
    2. He believed and worshiped Jesus. (v. 38)

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