Date: September 24, 2014 11:45 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Jesus: The Light of the World
Jesus: The Light of the World
"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 work of God might be displayed in his life." (John 9:2-3)
Scripture Focus: John 9:1-11
Why do bad things happen? The easy - or not-so-easy - answer is sin. Because of sin, God's perfect creation, including humanity, has been corrupted.
So it was natural for Jesus' disciples to blame this man's blindness on sin. But who sinned, they wanted to know. Since the man was born blind, could he have sinned in his mother's womb? If he was not the guilty one, then was it his parents? The disciples took this difficult question to Jesus, the One who had answered other questions about God's nature and His ways.
Jesus told them there was one more option to consider. In this case, the reason for the man's blindness was not the consequence of his or his parents' sin. This blindness was to illustrate the glory of God in a powerful way. Jesus would bring light to one man so that all men would give glory to God.
You and I still have an opportunity to give glory to God. We may not be able to cure physical blindness, but by our words and deeds we can point people to the Light of the world each day.
Insight: Is there something in your life that seems purposeless? Ask God to use it for his glory, then watch him do it!
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