Bruner on John 9.25


“So he [the blind man] responded, ‘Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t really know. I know only one thing: I am a blind man; I now see.'” … In reading a history of gospel songs I came across the story of an English miner who had been converted in the Wesleyan revival and whose life had been greatly changed. So greatly changed that some of his fellow workers chided him rather mercilessly at lunch time. One day they asked him in jest, “You don’t really believe that Jesus changed water into wine, do you?” And the man replied in a way that reminds me very much of our chapter’s man: “I don’t know if Jesus actually changed water into wine; I wasn’t there. But I do know one thing: In my house Jesus changed beer into furniture.”

Frederick Dale Bruner, The Gospel of John: A Commentary (Eerdmans, 2012), pp.589-590