Notice in the Bible we refer to the following:
Book - John (there are many different "books" in the one book of the Bible),
Chapter - Normally found as a big numeric heading. John has 21 chapters,
Verse - a segment usually about a sentence long.
The chapter and verse markings were added to the text as a handy index about 800 years ago. They are the same in virtually every different translation.
Here's a link to John chapter 9. You can also compare the text in several different languages and translations.
If you want a copy of John's Gospel in print, we're happy to meet you around the Mizzou campus and put one into your hand!
1. This whole chapter centers around Jesus healing a man born blind. What problems would blindness have caused in that time and location?
2. The religious leaders are convinced that nobody born blind receives sight. This is not an unusual conclusion to make. What does your world think and say about events which cannot be explained through natural means?
3. It becomes clear that the leaders have decided that anyone who confesses Christ should be removed from the synagogue. Why is this a serious penalty? What equivalent might there be in your world today?
4. The man who was previously blind (he isn't given a name) thinks the religious leaders might want to believe in Jesus also. They are offended at this idea. What do our intellectual elite think and do when they are confronted with a line of reasoning which suggests they should come to a conclusion they didn't want to embrace?
5. Jesus presents himself to the man as the Son of Man, who is the Messiah, the savior. Are you also ready to follow Jesus, the messiah?
Be sure to ask your questions and share your ideas in the comments for this post!