“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.” John 9:2,3
The disciples wanted to figure this out. Who was responsible for this man’s blindness? They had already convinced themselves that someone was at fault; someone had sinned, now they just had to find out WHO. With His reply, Jesus corrected their theology and re-directed their thoughts. Instead of “who?”…He answered a question they DIDN’T ask: “WHY?” The answer was simple: he was born blind so God would get the applause.
Jesus showed up, the blind man’s life was changed, and God got the glory. This blind man was chosen to show Jesus’ power…but before experiencing His transforming power and glory, this man lived through years of blindness, darkness, helplessness, and perhaps even discouragement and despair. But just at the right time, Jesus entered his life and changed everything…the blind man’s life was transformed, and God got the applause!
There were – and are – situations in my life that I don’t understand, don’t like, and didn’t choose. Like the blind man, I have groped in darkness. Looking back, I realize that God allows those events and orchestrates every detail so that He can work in me to transform me, so that in the end He would get the glory.
The last we read about the ex-blind man is that he believed in Christ, “and he worshiped Him.” (John 9:38) The lesson from the blind man is simple: let Jesus do what He wants to do in our lives, no matter how dark the circumstance, then worship Him.
After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?