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Small Group Lesson:
1. Jesus is the cure for spiritual blindness.  

After Jesus heals a blind man’s sight, the man’s spiritual sight (faith) is contrasted with the Pharisees’ spiritual blindness.  

Read John 9:35-41 "Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains."  

When our eyes are opened and we recognize the glory of Jesus we will worship him.  

Read 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."  

Now that your spiritual eyes have been opened, how do you see Jesus differently? (What about Jesus is beautiful to you?) 

2. Jesus comforts those who face social persecution.  

Read Hebrews 11:23-26 "By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward."  

Like Moses, the man born blind saw Jesus’ glory as a greater reward than the riches of being accepted by society. Thus, he was willing to be persecuted.   

Read John 9:22, 28, 34-35 "(His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) ... And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. ... They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”"  

How have you experienced social persecution because of your faith in Jesus? 

How did Jesus comfort you? 

3. Jesus will one day heal the bodies of all believers.  

Read 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 "Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality."  

No more wheelchairs, glasses, pain medication, hearing aids, handicaps, depression, etc.  

What healing do you, personally and on behalf of others, look forward to?