Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was 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 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 9:1-5, NIV)


photo by kton25

The creation of human life, God’s crowning jewel for His creation.  I have had the privilege of seeing my three children make their arrival 9 months after their life began.  There is nothing like that truly miraculous experience – witnessing new life.  God’s word teaches us that each life and every life is fearfully and wonderfully made and that He knows each one as he or she is knit within the womb (Psalm 139:13-14).  God simply does not make mistakes.  Unfortunately, we have a terrible tendency to think we know better.

It was clear to the disciples that something had gone wrong for this man to have been born blind from birth.  Jesus made it clear that he was born this way not because of sin but that God might be glorified through him.  That of course is the same purpose each of us have and aspire to.  Where man sees defect, God sees the beauty of His creation.

Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs – clearly so that God might be glorified through him.  His life rather than a tragedy by ‘defect’ is  a testimony by God’s design.  Jesus was glorified as he healed the blind man, today Jesus is glorified as he heals spirits through Nick.

But in today’s Brave New World, science promises to heal us from these ‘defects’.  In fact, lives like Nick’s, can be spared completely from suffering a diminished quality of life.  We can legally end their lives before they or more importantly we are burdened by them.  Sound barbaric?  It is, and it isn’t some dark science fiction story.  It is today’s reality.  Of course, Nick is very happy to be alive and countless other lives have been blessed through his being alive.

There was no sin causing the blind man, nor Nick to have been born with such adversity.  But it is a barbaric sin for man to prevent those like them from being born.  Who sinned?  We have and are.  You who have ears to hear and eyes to see, you who have legs, get up and walk!  You have arms, reach out!  You have a voice in America, it’s time you use it.  America, best get busy while it is still day – the sun is starting to set.


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