So That the Works of God Might Be DisplayedRead John 9:1–12
As he went 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?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
“How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
“Where is this man?” they asked him.
“I don’t know,” he said.
Our natural inclination when we see someone with a disability might be to wonder what happened or even ask what went wrong so as to cause the disability. We might even question, as the people in the scene described in today’s passage did, whether the parents did something to cause the disability. But the better question to ask is “How might God show Himself in and through this person?” God will open our eyes to what He is doing through others. In fact, there are many stories about people with disabilities in the Gospels. Jesus frequently demonstrated the power and presence of God in and through those who could not walk or see or hear. What miracles and goodness of God might we be missing when our eyes are focused on “what went wrong”?
- What stood out to you most about the blind man as you read today’s passage? Why do you think that is?
- Take a moment to reflect on the miracles and goodness of God that you see in or through a person you know that has a disability. What came to mind?
- What is God’s invitation to you in today’s passage?
God, thank You for the way You work in and through every person. I long to see more of Your goodness and miraculous love when I look at others. Convict my heart when I make value judgments or draw unfair conclusions about people, especially those that have disabilities. And expand my heart so I can recognize Your presence and power. Amen.
Invite each person to identify someone they know that has a physical or intellectual disability and then share how God’s goodness has been revealed to them through that person’s life.
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