March 16, 2015

In the Gospel according to John, Jesus’ words and actions often occur against the backdrop of the Jewish religious festivals. The symbols related to these festivals add meaning to what Jesus says and does. The three main pilgrimage feasts are: Passover (Spring), Pentecost (Summer), and Tabernacles (Fall). The feast of Tabernacles or Booths commemorated the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness on the way to the promise Land. The curing of the man born blind took place during this feast. Light and water were the main symbols associated with the feast. Jesus gives sight to the blind man (both actual and spiritual) and tells us He is the light of the world. Tabernacles was a joyous feast as it occurred in the Fall and celebrated the ingathering from the threshing floor and winepress. No wonder it was the most popular feast!

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