Jesus was walking along with His disciples when they saw a man blind from birth. The disciples asked, “Lord, who sinned? This man or his parents?”
The disciples’ questions were based on the Jewish theology that all suffering in a person’s life came either from sin committed by the person or by his parents, as stated in Exodus 20:5, Numbers 14:18, and so forth.
A man blind from birth offered a unique problem for this theology because the man would have had to commit sin in his mother’s womb if it was his sin that caused his own suffering. As silly as that sounds, there were Jewish teachers who actually taught that fetuses could sin.
Jesus sidestepped the whole theological debate and saw an opportunity to prove He was the light of the world. He healed the man.
The man ended up being tossed under the bus by his parents, by the Temple’s leaders, and then tossed out of the Temple because he would not deny the power of his miracle. How could he?
The chapter ends with a great revelation for the man:
“Lord, I believe,” and he worshipped Jesus. (John 9:38)
We Christians of today have the same problems with AIDS and the gay community.
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray that Your kingdom comes forth in America not in words but in power. (Based on 1 Corinthians 4:20)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3.