The Blame Game

“Rabbi,” His disciples asked Him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”  “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.”   John 9: 2-3

The disciples here were caught up in who sinned because of a belief that sin was passed on from parents to kids and even that babies could sin before birth.  It was no doubt a sincere question but it wasn’t really the main point of this encounter.  Jesus showed them a higher purpose; He demonstrated the power of God by healing this man.  I wonder how many times in our lives Jesus has been available to demonstrate the power of God and we have been too busy pointing fingers to notice.

Everybody sins, we all know that, but not all sickness, pain and suffering are brought on by sin.  We live in a fallen and very toxic world and we have a very real enemy seeking to destroy our lives.  All of which can contribute to disease and sicknesses.  Jesus came to set us free from the effects of original sin in any and every way that they present themselves and that means healing us of all our diseases.

Questioning why this disease, sickness, illness happened, who sinned, or what did I do or failed to do, what should I have done or not done is a blame game that we don’t need to play.  Jesus didn’t.  He saw the need and healed the man. His behavior was consistent with who He is.  Our Healer.  He paid a tremendous price for our healing; it is a gift, one we can’t earn and one we can’t lose.  It isn’t based on my worthiness, or yours, but on His worthiness and His character.   And He is the same yesterday, today and forever, Our God who heals us.

Jesus, when I think of Your goodness and mercy towards me, I am humbled and so very grateful.  Thank You for loving me enough to pay for my healing and for the forgiveness of my sins.  How incredibly thoughtful and gracious You are towards me.  For the times I have judged myself and others because of disease or sickness, please forgive me.  Please open my eyes to see the times You are present to heal and demonstrate the power of God.  Amen.

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