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Ephesians 5: 8-14 Translation from Laughing Bird
In the past, the darkness was your natural habitat, because you needed its cover to hide the way you lived. But now you are united to the Lord and are at home in the light. So live lives that reflect the light. Be shining examples of all that naturally grows in the light — goodness, honesty, and integrity. Do your best to discern what will be most pleasing to the Lord, and let that set your agendas. Have nothing to do with the things that people will only do under cover of darkness…. people go to such lengths to keep hidden. The truth about everything is seen when it is exposed to the light, and those things that can stand the light are worth seeing!
John 9: 1-41 (in part)
……..One day, Jesus and his disciples were heading down the street when they saw a man who had been blind since birth. The disciples asked, “Rabbi, was this man born blind because of his own sins or because of the sins of his parents?”
……..Jesus replied, “You can’t blame either him or his parents for his blindness. The important thing to look for is not what caused it, but what God can do about it. The one who sent me has given us work to do, and we had better be on the job as long as it is still day. Night fall will put an end to everyone’s work soon enough, but as long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
……..Having said this, he spat on the ground and made a mud ointment from a mixture of dust and saliva. He pasted the mud over the blind man’s eyes and sent him off to wash himself in the Siloam Pool. The man went and washed, and when he came back he could see. It certainly caused a stir. People who knew him or were used to seeing him begging for money on the streets were soon asking, “What’s going on here? Isn’t this the blind bloke who is always rattling his can on the street?”
……..Some were saying, “It’s him alright,”
All the healed blind man could do (in response) was repeat the story: “Someone called Jesus spread mud on my eyes and told me to go and wash in the Siloam Pool. So I went and washed it off, and now I can see.” ……..Then they wanted to know where Jesus was now, but the man said, “I don’t know.”
……..The people then marched the man off to the relevant authorities — the leaders of the devoutly religious Pharisee party. The day on which Jesus had made the mud and healed the man’s blindness was a Sabbath day, so there were questions of religious law at stake….Some of the Pharisees were quick to express their opinion: “Obviously this man is not from God, because he doesn’t even stop what he is doing on the Sabbath.”……..But others were not so sure: “How could a man who was against God have the ability to do things which so clearly point to God’s involvement?”
……..Since they were divided over the matter, they asked the man what he thought. “It was your eyes he opened. What do you make of him?”
……..The man replied, “I think he is God’s messenger!”
……..Some of the religious leaders began casting doubts on whether the man who had been given his sight had really been blind in the first place, so his parents were called in for questioning. “Is this man your son?” they were asked. “Are you sure he was blind? How then, is it that he can now see?”
……..His parents answered, “This is certainly our son, and we know, without the slightest doubt, that he was born blind. But as to how come he can see now, or who was responsible for opening his eyes, we are completely in the dark. Why don’t you ask him? He’s a grown man and can speak for himself.” His parents were playing it safe because they didn’t want to get on the wrong side of the Jewish authorities. The authorities had already made up their minds that anyone who expressed the belief that Jesus was the Messiah would be stripped of their membership of the Synagogue……..And they threw him out into the street.
Word reached Jesus that they had thrown the man out, so he went and found him. “Do you believe in the Son of God?” Jesus asked him.
……..The man answered, “I don’t know who he is, mister, but if you will introduce me to him, I will believe in him.”
……..“Jesus replied, “You have seen him, sure enough. You are talking to him right now!”
……..The man said, “Lord, I believe in you!” and fell to his knees at Jesus’s feet.
……..Jesus said, “I came into the world to sort out who was who. I came so that those who have been kept in the dark might see, and so that the blindness of those who see might be.”
……..Some members of the Pharisee party overheard this, and stopped to question him. “You are not suggesting that we are blind, are you?”
……..But Jesus replied, “If you were blind, you would not be held guilty. But since you claim that the way you see things is the only way they can be seen, you’ve got blood all over your hands.