John 9:1–7 (ESV)
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind (Part 1)
9 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the
works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground
and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
People often blame problems that occur on sin, as if God is punishing you, you must have done some really bad sin. This was in fact what Job’s friends were accusing Job, saying he must have sinned greatly for everything to happen to Job.
This is found in today’s reading where the disciples are asking about a man who had been blind since birth. “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus basically says neither... he was born blind
so that I may display the works of God. We will hear how Jesus really said it: “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” This man not only received his physical sight, but
was delivered from spiritual darkness. The latter is even more important. As for his faith, he now is a believer which leads to eternal life. This is a miracle on a man who everybody in the city would know. They will not be able
to deny this miracle. They may deny Jesus... but they can’t deny away this miracle. This must leave many scratching their heads wondering how could Jesus do this... if he is not from God???
pray: O Lord, you have given me a greater miracle than the blind man, in that you have washed away my sins through baptism and restored me into your kingdom. Lord, I believe, and you forgave me of my sins. Your miracle makes me a child
of God and I will see you face to face. Amen.