Who missed God’s goal? Somebody did something to cause this and it will help me if i can blame them. That can be the assumption. I am wounded. I am hurt. I suffer. I want to blame someone. Surely someone messed up. Who, we ask?
God has something He wants to do. But Jesus doesn’t allow this kind of thinking about who caused something or who’s fault it is. He brought healing and salvation into our fallen world. He loves us. He is good. He doesn’t do evil.
God clearly wants to demonstrate His power. Jesus made it clear that God wants to do that through us. Will we accept the challenge?
When Jesus and the disciples were on the road one day, they came upon a man who had been blind since birth. “Rabbi, who missed God’s goal [sinned], this man or his parents?” they asked him. “Neither this man nor his parents messed up,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” And with that, Jesus spat on the ground, made some mud to place on the man’s eyes, and healed him. (John 9:1-7)
Here are the key ideas:
- God wants to demonstrate His power through us
- God is in a good mood and wants to do amazing things for our benefit
- Sickness is not a result of our missing God’s goal (sinning