Throughout the Bible the author(s) and, by default, Jesus try to reassert the importance of Jesus and his calling. They try to illustrate Jesus as the leader to human kind’s salvation and the only way to God. This depiction of his importance isn’t always subtle but hidden between the lines and in parables.
Jesus found a way to stress his importance regardless of what his preaching topic is. Luke 6:39 is a good example of that. Luke wrote “He (Jesus) also told them a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit?” Jesus was giving a sermon on passing judgment onto others. His argument’s premises were that due to sin no one is perfect, other than himself. Therefore everyone should be bettering themselves instead of correcting or passing judgments onto their peers. He then goes on with a parable about blind persons leading other blind persons. He says “...Will not both of fall into a pit?” Blindness here is an example of a handicap. Jesus here is presenting sin as a handicap using the analogy of blindness. There he questions whether handicapped persons can guide other handicapped persons. He suggests that they will lead each other into a pit, an unpleasant situation. This analogy is questioning whether sinners can guide other sinners into righteousness.
While on the surface and in context this parable might just simply imply that one shouldn’t judge others or try to correct others since they themselves don’t know the way. But Jesus in fact is saying a lot more. He is reasserting himself as the only one with clear vision. He is free of sin and therefore can lead those who are blind. In reasserting himself as the only one able to lead he is also decreasing the importance and influence of the rabbis teaching, especially those who preach against him. By marking those who oppose him as handicapped with sin, he decreases the significance of their teaching only to increase the reliance of the people on him. This would only have one affect that of a monopoly over “valid” preaching.
In another passage the apostle Paul reasserts the need to follow Jesus’ teachings and not the teaching of other men. In his letters to the Corinthians Paul writes “So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:20-21). In his letter to the Corinthian church Paul is fighting off the teachings of other preachers. He wanted to stress the importance of the fact that we shouldn’t be following the teachings of men but the teachings of the only one who is free of sin, Jesus.
In his letter Paul reasserts that Jesus came without sin to lead us, the “blind,” to salvation and eternal life with God. He tells them not to listen to any other preacher. He then tries to convince the church to listen to him. He had to prove himself since he told them not to...