HIS WORK BRINGS JOY AND REJECTION
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. —John 9:1-3
Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. —John 9:32-38
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy! —Psalm 107:21-22
Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD. —Psalm 107:43
First, let us consider the steadfast love of our Lord. It is out of His love that He does wondrous works for the children of men. We should be utterly grateful, give thanks to Him and sing songs of joy! So, what song of joy are you singing this day? What has the Lord done in your life that causes you to sing? Are you singing? Do you have joy?
The result of our Lord’s work in the man mention in the God’s Word above caused him to worship Jesus. The man came to an understanding of who Jesus is. What joy this man must have had once he was able to see after he had been born blind. Think about that. As a baby he did not see his parent’s face, nor any of his surroundings, none of creation, but only darkness. This was the case as a toddler, a child, a youth and into manhood. Think about all that you have seen through those periods of time. He saw none of it. What joy to be able to see! It would have been a joy just to hear him singing a song of joy out of what happened.
Interestingly, when Jesus’ disciples asked if it was because of sin that this man was born blind, Jesus said no. He said that it was for the glory of God that this many was born blind. God’s glory would be revealed through this man’s blindness. It was quite a different interpretation that the Pharisees had. They said that the man was blind because of sin. They should have been offering thanksgiving and singing with joy because of what God did in this man’s life. Instead they cast the man out of the synagogue because of his testimony as to what Jesus did in his life! Beware of those with religious trappings yet deny what God is doing. This was a miracle that had never been done from the creation of time and those with outward religious appearances rejected what Jesus had done. Let us not be like that. Instead, let us sing songs of joy and rejoice over “his wondrous works to the children of man!
Yes dear Father may I have a life of joy and rejoicing over all that You have done, are doing and will do among men. It is such a joy to know You, to live for You and for the time when all who love You will be with You forever! Until then may I faithfully be and do what You desire by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYTTJmjrwWs&list=RDGMEMMib4QpREwENw3_jAc0YgNwVMaYTTJmjrwWs&start_radio=1