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Thursday, May 16, 2013

What's going on?

John 9:1-9

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

 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.”

In today's text we encounter this (person) born blind, and the followers of Jesus immediately equate the (persons) blindness to sin and punishment. If we are honest with ourselves many people still think this way even today. When we see others who are disabled and even in our own lives we think bad situations are happening to us because of things that we have done. Just because you suffer trials and tribulations in life does not necessarily mean that you brought them on (all of the time)! Friends we must step back and really look at "What's Going On?" Marvin Gaye had a hit song called "What's Going On?" Where he looked at the systemic problems in American society. I believe Jesus was trying to get his followers to think outside the box, step back and ask the question what's going on with this (person) born blind? 

Jesus reminded them and through the text today, reminds us that some things happen in our lives so that God can be glorified, so that God can be lifted up!  What's going on in your life today so that God may be glorified? What trials are you enduring so that God may be lifted up? Take a step back and think about what's going on?

Dear God empower us to see your hand moving through our lives at all times in the good and the bad so that we may come to know you better. Amen.

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