One day Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.”  He then healed a man of blindness.  Of all things, Jesus now exits stage right.  We have the churches dealing with Jesus after Jesus has left the   building.  The story of the formerly blind man is a rhetorical invention – a wonderful short story, based on a Jesus healing – of the writer of John’s gospel showing us what life was like in the churches of the early second century: Jesus in dispute.  The story has 2 settings: 30 AD for the actual healing story; 90 AD or so for the expelling of the born blind man.  In other words, the churches, including ours, are inside the story – they are the very ones with all these questions about Jesus.  And the formerly blind man is their teacher.  What could be more relevant since Jesus gets dragged around like a rag doll to give his support to every hare-brained political scheme and every social issue in our country?  You would think that people own Jesus instead of him being the light of the world, the king of the universe, or the son of man. Additional texts are: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 and Ephesians 5:8-14.