Pio Cristiano Sarcophagus 31551: Detail, Jesus Cures the Blind Man

As a disciple stands by, Jesus cures a blind man by touching his eyes, as in Matthew 9:29, Matthew 20:34, and Mark 8:23. The scroll in his left hand seems to represent his words to the blind man. (The three passages do not record any words to anyone else.) In Matthew 9 and Mark 8 those words emphasize salvation through faith: "According to your faith, be it done unto you" and "Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole." This may be why the cure of the blind was such a common subject on sarcophagi in this era.

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