EDITORS DESK – April 2024

Who Did Sin?

Br Sunil Chacko

John 9: 1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

Each day a blind man made his way up mount Jerusalem to outside the temple. There was a spot for him from where he could sit and beg to the passersby. He hoped they would show kindness and mercy as they expected from their visit to the temple.

He was a regular there that his neighbours referred to him …John 9:8 ” …..Is not this he that sat and begged?”

His parents were growing old and would worry what would become of him after their time……..when he fell sick, days when there was bad weather or during times of distress in the city.

Though blind, his ears were his eyes to listen into the world. The temple had only a few entry and exits so there was line of people passing by. For some time now he noticed something unusual….there were people praising God for the healing they received. He heard people leaving the temple talking of miracles being performed. Some were looking  for the prophet and his disciples who were performing these healings and miracles.

He hoped one day the prophet and his disciples would pass by his way. But he did not know what to expect as he had heard John 9:32  Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind”. ….” He waited as days passed to weeks….weeks into months and months to 3 years. The blind man believed that John 9:31 “Now we know that God heareth not sinners….” And wondered if this could be the reason.

 

Then one day he heard an uproar from the temple. A little while later he heard what sounded like the prophet and his disciples standing near him. He then heard the most dreaded question in his life….John 9:2   “……Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”.

 

The blind man froze as this was probably a question that troubled him for all his life. The people of the city believed sickness to be sign of God’s judgement for sin. A disability from birth meant a more serious sin. He intently listened to the verdict from the healer, worker of miracles and prophet…….

John 9: 3  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

We may live a Godly life, serve God and have faith…..but there will be that thorn in the flesh that will test our faith and love. In the case of the blind man he had to wait for 3 yrs during Jesus’s 3.5 years ministry to get an answer to his question. “Works of God” is made “manifest” through the ones who love Him the most and is often a painful process just as Christ took the cross out of love for us.