Thursday, March 15, 2012

Jesus Heals A Man Born Blind

Read John 9:1-12

Have you ever looked your day in the face and asked yourself, “Why me?” Whatever it was that seemed like too much at the time, it probably doesn't compare to going through life blind. We all ask, “why me,” and Jesus, in front of everyone, asked why a man why he was born blind. This must have been embarrassing for the blind fellow, because it was widely believed that disabled people were disabled because of their sin. This blind guy wakes up each morning to go out begging, and if he asks, “why me” people will gladly tell him that he is blind because God is punishing him. Jesus thinks this way of viewing the world is absurd. Jesus knows we all have sinned and all deserve punishment, it's why he came, God isn't giving out diseases to certain people he hates as punishments; that just doesn't make sense. A blind man is blind for the same reason that another man can see, and that reason is the same reason that our world exists: to glorify God.

Challenge: Think about of something about yourself you aren't too proud of. Maybe you're slow, clumsy, or have weird teeth, but whatever it is I want you to praise God that you are exactly as you are. You are this way, at this time, in this place so that the work of God might be displayed in your life.

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