The Gospel of John

Controversy Over the Man

Part II

J. Deering,

Controversy over the Man – Part II

18 The Jews then did not believe it of him, that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight, 19 and questioned them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?” 20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not 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 the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue. 23 For this reason his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”


The Pharisees then did not believe that the man had been born blind. If Jesus healed him – then how could he be a sinner? – He must be a prophet, but He can’t be a prophet… therefore, the man was not born blind. My favorite expression for those who refuse to believe is, “Anything but God.”


Next they called for the man’s parents. They testified that, yes, indeed, their son was born blind. But they claimed to know nothing else because of their fear of being thrown out of their synagogue.