September 19

John 9-10, Psalm 107

Nick Vujicic an Australian, Christian motivational speaker was born without arms or legs. At the age of 8, devastated by his predicament he tried to kill himself by drowning in a bathtub, but he couldn't go through with it. As a young person, he continued to be angry about his situation, until one day he realized, he had a choice, "to either be angry at God for what I don't have or to be thankful for what I do have." So with that, when he was reading John 9:2-3, at the age of 15, he gave his life to Christ. Before that time he struggled with the question of why would God have allowed this to happen to him. It finally came to him, Nick's question was: why did you make me this way? But God's question was: do you trust me?. Nick is a motivational speaker, married to a beautiful woman, and shared his story in 24 countries to over 3 million people, with many coming to a relationship in Christ as a result of his beautiful testimony.
 
We read in John 9:1-3, "Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him." When Scripture was originally written, there were no chapters (inserted in 1200's) and verses (inserted in 1500's). Yesterday we finished chapter 8 where Jesus confronted the religious leaders about their spiritual blindness. Chapter 9 really flows from chapter 8, going from spiritual blindness to His healing physical blindness to His next "I am" statement in John 9:5, "...I am the light of the world". Interestingly, Isaiah (700 years before Jesus) prophesied three times that the future Messiah would restore sight to the blind (Isaiah 29:18, 35:5, and 42:7). Though they were experts in the head knowledge of the Bible they were spiritually blind and missed it's fulfillment. The man who was blind when confronted by the Pharisees said it so simply in John 9:25, "...One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see." Jesus concludes this section in John 9:39 by saying, "...For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may be made blind."
 
Sin was never part of God's original creation, but entered the world in Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve chose to sin. Since that time all creation has decayed due to sin. People will always ask the question, why God? This can be in reference to situations outside their control, like Nick Vujicic, or from situations which are a result of our own mistakes. People will ask God why He allowed the death of a loved one, or the destruction of a relationship or an illness. We make the mistake trying to play at God, and explaining to others why God allowed it (Think of the story of Job). The reality is each and every one of us of will undergo hardship personally, and it's not a competiton as to who has it the worst. The only question is, will we all use whatever situation we find ourselves in to glorify God. That is the only thing that we can control. In Matthew 5:16 Jesus says, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

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Marj Lancaster