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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

5/18/11 John 9:1-5

1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

(Jesus the Lighthosue)

Thoughts: Jesus is the light of the world, and He made this visual when he healed the man born blind.  Christ opens our eyes to God.  He not only says He is the light of the world, but He tells us He is the light of the world "while" He is in the world.  In other words, while He walked the earth, Christ physically revealed the invisible God.  Light enables the eyes to see reality.  So Christ enables us to see what God is like.  The Pharisees were all wrapped up in how this man became blind- and (they thought) surely it was because of some wrong done.  Jesus focus is not on the man's sin or innocense, but on the glory of God - which was recealed when He healed the blind man.

Prayer: Open my eyes to you, O Lord.  Help me to look to you as my light and my salvation.

John Calvin Abridged: This man's blindness is incurable by human skill, so here Jesus proves His divininty.  Scripture testifies that all the sufferings the human race endures proceed from sin, so we tend to think that others suffer because of their individual sin. But this is wrong in three ways:
1) We judge others more severely than we judge ourselves; 2) We tend to turn others' small offenses into severe crimes. 3) We pronounce guilt on all without exception.  But sometimes God delays anothers' punishment; sometimes (as with Job), the faith and patience of the innocent are tested;  Christ does not say that the man was free from all blame, but says we should not seek the blame in the man's sin.  Consequently, when the cause of God's affliction is hidden from us, we should not jump to quick judgments.

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