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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Vision

The following three questions are asked on a regular basis in today's world. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do good things happen to bad people? Why Did God Allow That To Happen? They were also asked 2,000 years ago. Let's take a look at Jesus' response in John 9:1-7. As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi,who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.  As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.  “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

Notice first that Jesus does not answer the first question: Why was this man born blind? He does answer the second question: What good can this tragedy produce? "so that the works of God might be displayed in him".

This story parallels the physical blindness of this man and the spiritual blindness of the Jews. The truth of our spiritual lives in turn parallels the reality of these teachers. We are all born blind. We are unable to see the real world, and the conflict between God and Satan. Therefore we miss the reality of Jesus bringing light into our darkness. Unless we allow the Savior to anoint our eyes, and to open them to the real world then; we will die in our sins. Are you blaming God or praising God today?
Beg the Lord to stop and help you. Do not let Him pass by! Pray that God will help us to see, so that we might behold the face of our Redeemer! Amen?