Hokma House Centre for Biblical Research and Preaching
Sapientia Logos vol:5 issue:1 pages:39-67
This article undertakes a study of two Johannine stories – John 5:1-47 (the healing of the man at the pool of Bethzatha) and John 9:1-41 (the healing of the man born blind) – to discover the mean-ing and purpose of the evangelist’s use of these narratives, and their implications for understanding sickness and healing from faith perspective. In a comparative study of the two healing ac-counts, the article shows how the evangelist emphasises the prob-lem of the lack of faith as the purpose of the two stories, thus unraveling the reason why the two pericopae are called sign narratives. Perceiving the stories as sign narratives, this article demonstrates how the evangelist uses them to explain the Christ’s event, and in particular the eschatological (the already and the future) redemption of the believers in Christ. Finally, the article reviews the implications of the healing stories in John 5 and 9 for understanding the current issues about healing and healing ministries in Nigeria. The argument here is that our physical (dis-) ability should not be the focus of our transformative encounter in Christ. The healing accounts caution against the use of our physical wholeness or disability as measure for right or wrong relationship with God.