Now I See – Part 1 [Blind Eyes]

IMG_4744{We are presenting a seven part series from the 9th chapter of the Gospel of John. Our observations, comments and questions are written here. We invite you to sit down with your Bible and enter this chapter as well, and write what you see there.}

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And the disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:1-5)

Did you pick up on the disciples’ question? Teacher, did this man’s sin cause him to be born blind? Huh? That’s a little cart before the horse is it not? Now, his parent’s sin could be responsible for his condition. Perhaps they participated in unhealthy behavior or deliberately ignored good prenatal care. But in the big picture sense – aren’t we all born blinded by sin? Certainly we are sightless to the things of God until our natural birth is supplanted by our spiritual nativity.

Jesus bypasses all that and heads for another revelation. The man was born blind, lived in darkness, and had to beg to survive, just so Jesus could heal him on a divinely appointed day. Is this not a demonstration of the greater purposes of God superintending our destiny? When we question why someone blameless and upright must sit on suffering Job’s ash heap, are we overlooking the greater purposes of a loving God?

Then Jesus says, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me” while I am here. You and I are here for a reason and a season. We too must work the works of Him who sends us. The Lord also states that as long as He is in the world, the world is lit. And since His ascension, every true disciple, like an Olympian, has taken a turn running with His eternal light lifted up for the entire world to see.

Next Time: New Eyes

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