John 9:1-3: "Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His 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."
Jesus and the disciples come upon a man who was born blind from birth. The disciples ask the Lord the question of why: Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus gives them the answer but I want you to realize something else.
As we come to the Lord and the more and more we study His word the effect should be that we become more tender in our heart toward other people. The disciples when they looked upon this poor man saw him only as a theological issue. They didn’t see the man, and sometimes when we are talking with others or feeding others or issuing cloths to others do we see what the Lord sees. Do we gaze upon them with the eyes of Jesus and consider their heart?
How dangerous it is to study doctrinal issues or theological issues and see the reality of people. I love the study of Eschatology of the Second Coming and the Rapture. But the purpose of studying those topics is that it will create in me an urgency to lead others to the Lord. You may know all the events and what will happen next for the Lords coming, but how long has it been since you shared your faith with someone to get them to come to Christ before it is too late for them.
Jesus response to the blind man was one of compassion and love. The reason the disciples asked the way they did is because the Jews often attributed physical limitation to punishment for wrongdoing. So was the blindness the result of the man’s personal sin?
In their minds, the disability could be attributed to one of three types of sin:
1. Prenatal sin, an idea drawn from the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis 26; the Jews believed that sinning in the womb was possible.
2. Some pre-existing sin of the man
3. Generational sin-a punishment for the wrongdoing of the man’s parents.
Jesus response in verse 3 resolves the issue and dispels any question related to blame: Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
How we are like the disciples in that much of what we think is God’s way of doing things are not. I think of that verse which says that Israel knew the Acts of God but Moses knew His ways. The more we study and delve into the word of God the more we discover that many of the ideas and traditions of man, many of the beliefs of man are not from the Lord.
I think the main thing that I get from this portion of scripture is how we see and look at others. The Bible tells us when we got saved we were given the mind of Christ, and that’s the God given ability to love and to see people for who they really are. Even those that may be angry- but when we look beyond the anger we see their frustration and their feelings of loneliness. May the Lord give us the eyes and the heart of our Lord.
Pastor Lee Cruse, who wants to try to love like our Lord loved.
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