How many times in our life do we ask God the question why? Things happen to us, around us and to those we love and we don’t know why they are happening. I asked the ladies in jail the same question. We don’t understand why bad things happen to good people. So I read to them John 9 about the man healed of blindness even though he was born that way. Jesus and His disciples were passing by and saw a man who had been blind since birth and wondered who had sinned to make this man blind, was it his parents or the man. Jesus replied, “It was neither this man, nor his parents but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” I believe that all things whether good or bad are for the glory of God. It’s about His glory. Now, let’s go back to the word, works. It says the works of God, not our works. There is labor involved but it is not our labor, but God’s labor. Verse 4 says “we must work the works of Him who sent me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” Jesus healed the man while they were passing by while it was day.
The thought came to me about this story when I read about the blind man sitting there begging. He was doing what he did his whole life, nothing unusual, just sitting there, begging. He did not ask for a healing; yet Jesus healed him so that the works of God might be displayed in him. But the first thing that happened after he came back from Siloam (which translated means Sent); the people accused him of not being the same man they saw begging. He had to convince them that it was he, “I am the one.” Where was the glory in that?
After the formally blind man could see, they brought him to the Pharisees and they gave him a hard time about how he was healed and didn’t believe he was born blind at all. They called in the man’s parents and they didn’t want to get put out of the synagogue, so they put the responsibility back on their son. Where was the glory in that?
The more the formally blind man told his story to the Pharisees, the bolder he got about his testimony. So much so, he didn’t care if he was put out of the synagogue or not because it wasn’t until he was put out that he met Jesus. If he wouldn’t have met Jesus, he couldn’t have told Jesus “Lord, I believe” then he worshipped Him. There’s the glory. We may not know the answers; we may not know the reason why; but we do know we can trust Jesus to be who He says He is and believe.
This last part was a real revelation to me because in the scripture, I was confused how to explain when Jesus said “if you were blind, you would have no sin, but since you say, we see, your sin remains.” So what He is saying, if you don’t see that Jesus is the only way, you are blind and remain in your sin.
One of the ladies at the jail commented on how she loved Jesus but she also liked to party, you know what I mean. Not understanding that she is blind to who Jesus is because she would not have a desire to party if she was being real with herself. When you are blind, you can not see Jesus and you think everything is okay the way it is. But God takes sin seriously and will not let you stay in your sin. So, you may not be looking for Him, but When He passes by, you just might be healed of your blindness.
Thank you, Jesus “I once was blind, but now I see.”
Maybe the question isn’t why but whom.
Written by Tracey