New Testament
Lesson 16
I Was Blind, Now I See

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us have a greater understanding and appreciation of Jesus Christ as the Light of the World and the Good Shepherd.

Scripture references for study:  John 910
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Lesson 16 Handout (PDF format)

The Man Born Blind - John 9

"And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." (v1-3)

"I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (v4-5)

"When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing." (v6-7)

Consider the testimony of the man born blind and how it it became stronger as he continued to give his witness of this great miracle:

In contrast to the man born blind, consider the reaction of the Jewish leaders:

The Good Shepherd - John 10

"The shepherd was famed for his devotion to his sheep. At night several flocks would be driven into the sheepfold, an enclosure with high walls topped with with thorns to prevent wolves from leaping in. During the night each shepherd took a turn guarding the sheep by lying across the open entrance, literally becoming the gate, while his fellows went home to sleep. If a wild animal, driven by hunger, managed to leap over the walls, the shepherd would give his life if necessary to protect the sheep. When the other shepherds came in the morning to claim their flocks, each sheep recognized its masters call. For a sheep to be kept safe, it had to follow its master closely as he led it to good pasture." (New Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual, 1989, p18)

READ JOHN 10:1-18. Christ is the good shepherd.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

The man born blind was given not only his physical sight, but also had his spiritual eyes opened. As we seek to follow the Good Shepherd, our spiritual vision will become sharper and we will enjoy the abundant life. The world is full of spiritual confusion. Most people want the abundant life, but don't know how to achieve it. How blessed we are to have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ that enables us to see better in order to find the true path to the abundant life.

Record your thoughts on the account of the man born blind. Why is it important to make Jesus Christ your shepherd?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Answers to Gospel Questions, Volume 1, by Joseph Fielding Smith.

But for a Small Moment by Neal A. Maxwell.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Stand Ye In Holy Places by Harold B. Lee.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 3, by Bruce R. McConkie.

The Seventy's Course in Theology, Third Year by B. H. Roberts.

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