The Blind and the Ones that cannot see
The miracle narrated in John chapter 9 is apt for our year 2020. We have all seen many ups and downs and most of us have been struggling to find meaning and purpose within it all.
Here we see a man living in darkness since birth. He may have adapted to his situation but that did not alleviate his suffering. The Disciples were quick to point out that this condition could have only been brought about by sin - their question was whether it was the man or his parents. It is appalling to think that our beloved apostles in training thought that a newborn baby would have sinned enough to be born blind.
Often we fall into the same box - we try to Christianize everything. All the good things are due to righteousness and all the rest must be due to some shortcoming. But Christ answered them differently. Even though the man was born blind, he was not the one unable to see what God was planning.
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him - John 9:3
The scriptures say that the natural mind does not perceive the things of God. Sometimes the situations we go through are to make sure we end up on the way when Jesus is passing by.
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned - 1 Corinthians 2:14
Regardless of the circumstances of how we ended up in our sufferings - self-made or God appointed, Christ Jesus can heal us and restore us and through us make the glory of God be revealed.
Have a blessed week.
The above text is a summary of the sermon preached on Sunday, 20 Dec 2020