As Jesus was walking he came upon a blind man. His disciples asked him, because he was a prophet and someone who seemed to known secret truths, “Who sinned, this man or his parents?” His disciples wouldn’t have known that the man was born blind. And, in their understanding of illness and disability it was a life of impurity and wickedness that caused difference or sickness. This was a theology you couldn’t investigate too deeply, because there were good people who grew sick, and wicked people who prospered. But in a world where everything was appointed by God, this kind of thinking made the most sense.
Have you ever been so thirsty that your parched lips have cracked and split? Your tongue felt heavy, like cotton in your mouth? And, your throat so sore that swallowing hurt?Today we’re talking about thirst. A woman, carrying her water jar, went to the well in the heat of the day.
Second birth. Rebirth. A spiritual birth. What in the world could Jesus be talking about here? Maybe we’ve grown accustomed to the language. But hear it again for the first time: Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.