Read: John 9:1-41
When my sister, Jeni, was a little girl, she hid behind my Father’s legs. The world was a scary place for her. When she grew up, adult pressures were more than she could bear. Jeni had to leave college. She married and divorced. Jeni tried to take her life, and she became addicted to painkillers. My parents were later told that her emotional growth stopped at about 12 years old. It made for a rough adulthood. Was any of that my parent’s fault? They sought out every opportunity to help her. They sent her to rehab. They searched for her when she was missing. They did everything they could.
John 9 is so encouraging. It is the story of a man born blind. This man has not been able to see his whole life. He is a beggar in his town. This man has been subjected to the faulty belief that his blindness is either his fault or his parents’ fault. There was little hope for this man apart from Jesus.
The disciples shared the faulty belief about the blind man. They ask Jesus in John 9:2, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” It is a foregone conclusion that it is someone’s fault that this man is blind. Jesus replies,
Jesus spits on the ground and makes mud. He rubs it in the man’s eyes. He tells him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The man goes and washes his eyes, and he can see!
The Pharisees are worked up because Jesus has healed on the Sabbath. This seems to be their favorite argument against Jesus. They call in the blind man, and I love what he says, “He put mud on my eyes and I washed, and now I see.”
The Pharisees throw the man out of the Temple, and Jesus goes to look for him. Jesus reveals who He is, and the man replies, “Lord, I believe.”
This is an amazing story of healing. It is an amazing story that teaches we cannot always believe a problem is the direct result of someone’s sin.
The difficult part is when you stop to think about the pain of having a child born blind, or of being that child who was born blind. Does the happy ending in John 9 make up for all the prior pain and suffering?
The not always satisfying answer is found in John 9:3. This difficult life was created for this moment. The heartache of a child born blind was for this day. The works of God are displayed in this man’s life. He is a powerful witness to the power of Jesus Christ for the Pharisees and for everyone who would read John 9 in the future.
There aren’t always neat resolutions to our problems. My sister’s life ended at 50. But the Word of God tells us that our troubles are momentary, and they are achieving a weight of glory that we do not understand in this life. Sometimes problems come about because somebody sinned. Sometimes problems come about, and nobody sinned. Either way, our hope is that God’s work will eventually be displayed. God will work for good in the lives of those who love Him. God will use suffering to make us all more like Jesus.
As you wait for help from above, hold on to this…whether you sinned or not, God is for your good and His glory. Pray through for the resolution of your problem. But never forget that your life is not found in the resolution of your problems, but your life is found inside the person and work of Jesus Christ. His work on the cross made it possible for you and me to experience God’s presence and peace even when we don’t understand.
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