וַיְהִי בְּעָבְרוֹ וַיַּרְא אִישׁ וְהוּא עִוֵּר מִיּוֹם הִוָּלְדוֹ
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.
וַיִּשְׁאֲלוּ אֹתוֹ תַּלְמִידָיו לֵאמֹר רַבִּי מִי הַחֹטֶא הוּא אוֹ יֹלְדָיו כִּי נוֹלַד עִוֵּר
His disciples asked him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?
וַיַּעַן יֵשׁוּעַ לֹא הוּא חָטָא וְלֹא יוֹלְדָיו אַךְ לְמַעַן יִגָּלוּ־בוֹ מַעַלְלֵי־אֵל׃
Yeshua answered, Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him.
עָלַי לַעֲשׂוֹת מַעֲשֵׂי שֹׁלְחִי בְּעוֹד יוֹם יָבוֹא הַלַּיְלָה אֲשֶׁר־בּוֹ לֹא־יָכֹל אִישׁ לַעֲשׂוֹת
I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work.
In Jewish thought, “night” represents exile. “Morning” represents geulah, redemption.
בְּעוֹדֶנִּי בָּעוֹלָם אוֹר הָעוֹלָם אָנִי׃
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
וַיְהִי כְּדַבְּרוֹ זֹאת וַיָּרָק עַל־הָאָרֶץ וַיַּעַשׂ טִיט מִן־הָרוֹק וַיִּמְרַח אֶת־הַטִּיט עַל־עֵינֵי הָעִוֵּר
When he had said this, he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, anointed the blind mans eyes with the mud,
The Talmud speaks of the healing aspect of the spittle of a firstborn,
“There is a tradition that the spittle of the firstborn of a father is healing…”
Bava Batra 126b, Soncino Press Edition
וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו לֵךְ וּרְחַץ בִּבְרֵכַת הַשִּׁלֹחַ הוּא שָׁלוּחַ וַיֵּלֶךְ וַיִּרְחַץ וַיָּבֹא וְעֵינָיו רֹאוֹת׃
and said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Shiloach (which means Sent). So he went away, washed, and came back seeing.
Yeshua is the Shaliach (Sent One) of HaShem.
וַיֹּאמְרוּ שְׁכֵנָיו וַאֲשֶׁר רָאוּ אֹתוֹ לְפָנִים כִּי־עִוֵּר הוּא הֲלֹא הוּא הַיּשֵׁב וְשֹׁאֵל צְדָקָה׃ אֵלֶּה אָמְרוּ כִּי־זֶה הוּא וְאֵלֶּה אָמְרוּ אַךְ־דּוֹמֶה לּוֹ וְהוּא אָמַר אֲנִי הוּא׃
The neighbors therefore, and those who saw that he was blind before, said, Isn’t this he who sat and begged?
Others were saying, ‘It is he.’ Still others were saying, ‘He looks like him.’ He said, ‘I am he.’
They therefore were asking him, ‘How were your eyes opened?’
He answered, A man called Yeshua made mud, anointed my eyes, and said to me, Go to the pool of Shiloach, and wash. So I went away and washed, and I received sight.
Then they asked him, Where is he? He said, I don’t know.
They brought him who had been blind to the Pharisees.
It was a Sabbath when Yeshua made the mud and opened his eyes.
Again therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He said to them, He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see.
Some therefore of the Pharisees said, ‘This man is not from God, because he doesn’t keep the Sabbath. Others said, How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?’ There was division among them.
Therefore they asked the blind man again, ‘What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?’ He said, ‘He is a prophet.’
The Judeans therefore did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight,
and asked them, Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? How then does he now see?
His parents answered them, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;
but how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. He is of age. Ask him. He will speak for himself.
His parents said these things because they feared the Judeans; for the Judeans had already agreed that if any man would confess him as Messiah, he would be put out of the synagogue.
Therefore his parents said, He is of age. Ask him.
So they called the man who was blind a second time, and said to him, Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.
He therefore answered, I dont know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: that though I was blind, now I see.
They said to him again, What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?
He answered them, I told you already, and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You dont also want to become his disciples, do you?
They insulted him and said, ‘You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moshe.’
‘We know that God has spoken to Moshe. But as for this man, we don’t know where he comes from.’
Interestingly, the objections of the opponents of Yeshua are self-contradictory, compare John 7,
“But we know where this man comes from, and when the Messiah appears, no one will know where he comes from.” So Yeshua proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know.” (John 7:27-28)