HAVE A PROPER PERSPECTIVE
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
The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 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.” 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 9:30-38
The disciples asked the question about the man born blind—““Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” What would you have said? What do you think about those who have difficulty in their lives? Do you immediately think it is because of some sin they did?
But listen to the answer Jesus gave— “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” This man was born blind. He lived for years blind, but his blindness was going to reveal the glory of God. God had a specific purpose in this man’s blindness. We may have many questions that arise up in us about this, but one answer Jesus gave was that it was not because of the man’s sin or his parent’s sin that he was born blind. Jesus made it clear it was not because of some sin committed.
How different was the answer Jesus gave than the perception that the Jewish leaders had. They said, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” Their belief about the man’s situation was totally opposite from what Jesus said and it was wrong! We need to be careful about assessing a situation. Otherwise, we may come to a wrong conclusion— just as the Jewish leaders came to a wrong conclusion. This blindness that happened in this man’s life was used by God to draw him to Jesus and reveal the wonderful glory of God in his healing— healing of a man that was born blind! Let us seek the perspective of Jesus! Yes, Dear Father, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Yours Son Jesus. So may this be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb8WZ2ND4BY