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Monday, November 7, 2011

Light of Hope

Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him.  John 9:3 (NASB)

One day Jesus and His disciples passed a man born blind.  The disciples, ever curious, asked, “Who sinned that this man was born blind, him or his parents?”  It would be interesting to know what the blind fellow thought about his situation having never seen the light of day.  I wonder if in his darkness he was angry at where God had allowed him to be and felt alone and confused.  It was at this unexpected moment that Jesus chose to heal his vision.

A little later after his healing Jesus found him and asked him if he believed in the Son of Man.  The newly sighted fellow asked, “And who is He Lord?”  This is one of the few times Jesus admitted publicly that He was the Messiah. When the man heard Jesus say He was the Christ he confessed his belief in Him and worshipped Him. I’m sure through all those years the man expected to die blind yet he kept a spiritual vision that sustained him.  Even if his hope in healing was not set, his faith in God was.  And in his blindness God was very aware of where this child was and what he suffered. 

Circumstances aside, he knew whether God healed him or not that He was still true and worthy of his fullest trust.  When he met Jesus face-to-face he already knew Him.  In his blindness he had seen Him illuminated in the light of hope.