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Work for the night is coming!

Scripture reading for April 18th:  John 9

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  John 9:1-4  “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 work of God might be displayed in his life.  As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me.  Night is coming, when no one can work.”

God doesn’t promise us an easy life without any trials or tests.  The disciples were under the impression that all sickness was the result of sin.  In a sense they were right, but Jesus explained that sometimes God allows sickness and infirmity in the lives of people to fulfill a greater purpose.  In this case, the work of God was displayed as Jesus healed the man born blind.  The disciples were also instructed and we are learning as we read this story today!  God has a long view of things that we must tap into to understand His ways.

Observations for over-comers:  We must always be open to the Lord to display His glorious works.  Trying to figure out the ‘whys’ can get us off the subject and we miss the real need and purpose.  “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.  If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,:  does not He who weights the heart perceive it?”  (Proverbs 24:11-12a)

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Who sinned?

Scripture reading for May 17th: John 9:1-41

The entire ninth chapter of John’s Gospel is dedicated to the story of a man blind from birth who was healed by Jesus.  This man’s condition initially brought a question from the disciples, “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 work of God might be displayed in his life.  As long as it is day, we must do the work 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.” (John 9:2-5)

Jesus said that in this instance, that the sins of this man and the parents did not enter into the cause of his condition.  The common thinking of that day was that deformity or disability was caused by sin somehow and that God was punishing that person through that infirmity.  Jesus simply stated that this condition was not to be judged, but that it was an opportunity to display God’s work of healing and restoration in his life.  Every day we have here on earth should be an opportunity to glorify Jesus and do the work of reaching hurting people before darkness stopped the work!

Jesus proceeded to spit on the ground and made some mud and put it on the man’s eyes.  Some feel that this was a creative miracle in that Jesus here modeled the creation account.  (Genesis 2:7)  The man was told to go and wash in the pool of Siloam and he came back seeing!

This miracle caused much discussion in the community and the Temple with the religious leaders.  They couldn’t believe that this was the man who sat and begged for years.  The man recounted how Jesus did the miracle but the religious leaders were upset because it was a Sabbath when the healing took place.  They insisted that Jesus could not be from God because of this!  (John 9:16)  Still others insisted that this Jesus must be a prophet, because no sinner could do these miracles.

Reasoning and argument will not solve the dilemma!  “One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see.” (John 9:25)  This man quit arguing and placed his trust in Jesus!  (John 9:38)  Isn’t it time for you to do the same?

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