Jesus heals a man who had been blind from birth. Everyone is talking about it. The religious leaders who had been criticizing him for claiming to be the light of the world are now in an uncomfortable spot. The story teaches us both about the causes of spiritual and intellectual blindness and about the steps toward a cure.
Jesus talks about himself a lot. His astounding claims force us to commit to him radically as the unique Son of God and the only hope for humanity or to conclude that he was seriously messed up. We look at twelve claims he makes in John 8 and consider their implications.
Jesus tells a parable about a king who prepares royal wedding feast to celebrate the marriage of his son. The first round of invitations goes out, but the messengers are rejected and nobody RSVPs. What can we learn about the kingdom of God from this story? How does it shape the way we invite others into it, and how might we expect the invitation to be received?
Jesus claimed to be the exclusive and universal light of the world, the light of life, the source of ultimate truth, the standard of reality, and the solution to the darkness, falsehood, ignorance, confusion and death that plague humanity. How does one respond to such a claim?