John 9-10 was the passage that birthed The Life Church. If the disciples hadn’t asked Jesus about a man born blind, our church family would not exist today.
That’s the power of a conversation. A conversation can change the way we view the world, and Jesus had many of those kinds of conversations. In fact, six different conversations take place in John 9-10, all as a result of the disciples’ question in John 9:2.
“Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”
“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” And He spit in the dirt, took it, and rubbed it in the blind man’s eyes, healing him completely.
It wasn’t an accident that the disciples noticed the blind man and asked their question, or that it was the Sabbath, or even that the religious leaders were nearby. God orchestrated this event from the moment He created the man, and part of the plan was that he would be blind.
This story perfectly captures seven perspectives we should always consider:
- We should focus on God’s good plans for our lives and not sin as we respond to situations in our life. Under the new covenant created at Jesus’s death and resurrection, generational sin has no more power. The struggles we experience are ordained by God for a moment like the one the blind man experienced when Jesus healed him.
- We should carry a radical, life-altering testimony that God has changed us. We’re being tested so we’ll have a testimony.
- People matter, not religious rules. It was no accident that God chose the Sabbath as the day for the blind man’s healing. His love for the man meant more than the importance the religious leaders had given the day.
- Don’t let religious meanies intimidate you.
- We must break the stereotypes and profiling created by religious people. We believe that every person, no matter what stereotype or profile has been placed on them, was created by God with a purpose, and we want to be a part of restoring them to that purpose.
- The purpose of all miracles is salvation by faith. They aren’t for show but salvation.
- Be aware of the surprising revelation of who Jesus came into the world to judge. “Jesus told him, ‘I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind’” (9:39).
Based on the rules of the religious leaders, the blind man should never have been healed. But Jesus doesn’t operate according to religious law; He operates according to grace. That’s why we can always trust Him, even when His plan involves something as painful as years of blindness.
In John 10:9-10 Jesus says, “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” This is why Jesus is worth following—He opens the gate to life and leads us in, and we discover that it is just as rich and satisfying as He promised.
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