As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so
that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?" Some claimed that he was.
Others said, "No, he only looks like him."
But he himself insisted, "I am the man."
"How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded.
replied, "The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes.
He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I
"Where is this man?" they asked him.
"I don't know," he said.
The Questions swirling in my head this morning after reading this are MANY. But there are a few observations that merit a bit of discussion.
First of all, check out the disciples. Just like we try to have a cause and effect religion whereby if we do righteous things we are rewarded, and if we stray from righteous things then we're punished; the disciples were wondering WHY IS THIS MAN BLIND??
Did you see what Jesus said?
This man, nor his parents have sinned. The whole reason this man was born blind was so that the work of God might be manifested in his life. WOW!!! What a revelation for us today.
It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to my earthly, physical mind. It doesn't make sense that some would be born blind, and never be healed like this man. But the fact is, Jesus reveals to us the reason for some of the ills in the world. Sometimes, bad stuff happens, SO THAT, God might be glorified in the end!! Did you catch that?
It doesn't make it any easier if you're the blind man. Especially if you've been blind all your life, and you're just waiting on the day when God can be glorified. But the foundational truth of God's world exists, SOMETIMES, tragedy happens so that God can be glorified.
It's up to us to work in the world to glorify God.
Did you catch that?
Jesus didn't say "I must work" He said, "we must do the work of Him who sent me." WE.
WE must do the work of Him who sent me. Guess who WE is? It's YOU and ME, TOGETHER!!!
Can you tell I'm a little excited here?
WE must do the work of God, so that He can be glorified in all we do.
WE must not sit by and wait on something to happen, when God has given us the gifts and resources to go out and make a difference.
WE must be the hands and feet of God on this planet today.
When staring evil in the face, some might question God, "Why are you letting this happen?" And you know what? Maybe God is looking right back at us and saying the same.
What an incredible story for the day!! I hope you get as excited as I over this. WOW!!