Jesus Heals a Blind Man - John 9
The story of Jesus healing a blind man is beautifully told in John Chapter 9. Not only is it a beautiful story of a miraculous healing, Jesus uses this opportunity to teach many important principles of the Gospel. Look for some of the following principles:
- Because negative consequences often follow sin, we may feel that trials or misfortunes are a result of sin. In verse three, Jesus lets us know that one purpose of trials is so that the works of God can be made manifest. How have your trials brought you closer to God?
- Christ called himself the light of the world moments before healing the blind man. How does his light help us to see more clearly?
- After placing mud on the man’s eyes, Christ told him to go wash in a pool of water. Christ calls himself the living water. When we need to have our own eyes opened, how do we symbolically wash our eyes in living water?
- Jesus healed this man on the Sabbath day. How can we serve others on the Sabbath?
- Some of the Pharisees have a very hard time believing that the miracle happened, and then upon asking the man’s parents about it, they claim the blind man must be a sinner. How are the Pharisees exhibiting blindness themselves?
- In verse 39 Jesus says “For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see.” The Pharisees ask “Are we blind also?” We can ask Heavenly Father that as well. When we take the sacrament, we can ask God to “open our eyes” clean us of sin, and increase our faith.
Prayerfully choose one or two of the principles contained in the story of the healing of the blind man to discuss with your family or class as you retell the story using the storyboard figures. This packet has three versions of the figures, a light of the world maze and a coloring page.
- Cut and use as a storyboard to tell the story of the miracle.
- Option 1: Make these into necklaces and use them to assign parts for family members or class member to reenact the story.
- Option 2: Hand the cards out to the family members or class members and ask how each person responded to the situation. Have them explain how that might represent the way a person responds to a trial we have today?
Figures on Script Cards
- Option 1: Use these to re-tell the story
- Option 2: Hand them out to family members or class members who then use them as a script for a reader’s theater. After they read their card, they can post it at the front of the room.
- Option 3: Allow non-readers to re-tell the story using the figures on the script cards.