John 9:1-3 As he walked 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?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him.
Sometimes bad things happen, it is after all a sinful world. We all know that bad things happen, but why is the first thing that must be done, is to fix whose to blame. Something bad happens and the first thing people are talking about is, who’s at fault.
There are some times when fault is important, for if it is our sin, and we don’t confess it, how will we get forgiveness? Children playing catch in the house, something that is against the house rules, and the ball hits a vase and it breaks. Who’s fault is it? Well if the children fail to tell the truth, then that’s 1 more sin, and who can be blamed without being punished... must have been an earthquake. Sometimes parents might let the lie stand for a while, for they know that guilty consciences have no peace, and in time they know that the guilty we confess their sin and repent, and ask for forgiveness, for both sins.
But in most cases, who’s at fault, or who’s to blame do not fix the broken, or set the wrong to right. Who’s to blame for various disease and illness - these things don’t relieve the suffering of the afflicted or cure the ailments. There is one promise which does bring hope:
Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose."
Our lesson today is an example of how even bad things work for good. And in brings us one more important promise:
Philippians 4:11 "for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content."
In our story a man blind from birth received is sight. Everyone knew that this was the hand of God at work in the world. It is interesting that there is much blame in the story, after all Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath, the Pharisees said that was wrong. The Pharisees said that the blind man was a sinner. None of that matters, the blind see, and even that is unimportant, for the important thing is that the blind man confesses what God has done in his life, and he believes in Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. For the man who was once blind, everything is now right with the world, God has restored his sight, and even more important God has given him life, forgiveness and salvation.
Today we have many who have eyes, but do not see. God is at work in the world, God is at work working healing. God gives sight to the blind. God gives hearing to the deaf. God gives speech to the dumb. God heals the cripples. God wants all to hear and see, to confess and follow the great good shepherd who has come bringing life and salvation. As usual God provides everything.
So it is that we see God at work in the world. So it is that we see that all things work together for good, to them that love God. So we see that we can live by faith, confident that God will supply our every need. So we can see that, by the grace of God we can be content in whatever state, knowing that God will supply everything, - life, forgiveness, peace - all these things are ours in Jesus Christ, to God be the glory. Amen.