We read about a man born blind who was healed by Jesus in John 9 (read the entire chapter for the full story).
When asked by his disciples whether the mans blindness was due to his sins or his parents' sins,
John 9:3 - Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made
manifest in him.
A casual reading of this scripture, or isolating it and reading it would seem to suggest that God made the man
blind and then healed him just to get glory out of it. This, unfortunately, is the conclusion that many
quickly jump to. But sincere seekers after the mind of Christ, press on and try to see Jesus. Walk with Him
a few days through the gospels and feel His heart beat. May your spiritual eyes be opened!
Though the blindness was not due to any particular sin committed by the man or his parents, we must
remember that the man was born in a state of sin and had a sinful nature. He and his parents lived in a time
when the blood of Jesus had not been shed. This sinful nature could be taken away only be the blood of
Jesus, which had not yet been shed. The blindness was thus due to the sinful nature running in the blood
stream of all humanity.
Then Jesus said, I must work the works of Him that sent me (John 9:4), and healed him. Thus we see
that the work of the Father is not to make blind but to heal. The will of God is not to afflict with sickness,
but rather always, only to heal us.
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