Lessons Of A Lifetime


Scripture To Consider:
“Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’

“When Jesus had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And Jesus said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which is translated, Sent).’

“So the man went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore, the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, ‘Is this not he who sat and begged?’ Some said, ‘This is he.’ Others said, ‘He is like him.’ He said, “I am he.'” John 9.1-9

Something To Consider:
It appears to be human nature to ask the reason for human suffering. The disciples asked, “Who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” Down through the centuries sin has become a subject that is less likely to be openly discussed in public. And yet it is a universal age old problem of which the blood of Jesus is the only cleansing power to eradicate the sin of us all!

In Exodus 20, as God spoke the Ten Commandments to Moses, and Moses to the people, in verse 5 God said, “I the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

The choice seems to be an easy choice, iniquity or mercy, life or death. Moses, speaking on behalf of God in Deuteronomy 30.19, declared; “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice.”

And yet, for many decades, liberal leftist God rejecting leaders of America have chosen death and their iniquities for themselves and for their descendants. And just where will it end? Without a great God ordained spiritual awakening, America will end as did Sodom, Gomorrah, and the millions of Noah’s day who refused to heed the warnings of God’s pending wrath and judgment!

Something Else To Consider:
Could the blindness of the individual of our Scripture to consider have been the result of ancestral sin? Not according to Jesus. This would have been a most opportune time to elaborate on Exodus 20.5, but He chose the path of healing, not the path that stirs up the past. His answer was clear, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.”

The apostle Paul in Romans 8.28, said it best. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Therefore, does human suffering have a purpose? One of the greatest purpose for human suffering, is that it may allow God to reveal His sovereign work of healing in our lives. And who can argue with that, whether it is physical or spiritual healing or both we are in need of!

But it hinges on us and others making the proper and biblical choices in our lives! Joshua demanded in Joshua 24.15, “Choose you this day whom you will serve.” And in Isaiah 7.15 we are admonished by the prophet by his proclaiming; “Refuse the evil, and choose the good.” Did we refuse the evil and choose the good yesterday? And if not, today’s mercies are brand new and extremely sufficient.

Something More To Consider:
Now Jesus was not saying that this man or his parents had never sinned. For according to Romans 3.23; “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But we thank God that all can be freely justified by God’s grace through the forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ by way of the precious blood of Jesus. Therefore, all have been blinded by sin. But all can be restored by receiving the healing touch of Jesus upon their lives in order to be given good clear spiritual vision.

This blind from birth man obeyed the Word of Jesus and his eyes were opened to all that life had to offer him. The same is true spiritually for all who obey His written and preserved living Word. The same is still true for all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus. The same is still true for all who hunger and thirst after righteousness. The same is still true to all who willingly observe all that Jesus commanded.

But, the majority of the human race prefer to remain spiritually blind from birth, than to allow the revealed works of God to be unleashed in and through their lives! Therefore, for most of humankind past, present, and future, it has been and will continue to be, the blind leading the blind.

A Few Final Words:
Therefore, what will be our choice? Will we remain spiritually blind from birth, or will we surrender our free will to God and experience the revealed works of God in the form of good fruit brought forth from our lives?

Jesus proclaimed in John 15.16; “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.” Are our lives being lived by abiding in Christ and in His Word? And if so, are we bearing fruit? Yes, all are blind from birth, spiritually speaking. But have we been spiritually born again?

The suffering of mankind, gives us a glorious opportunity to see the hand of God mightily at work, while God alone is due all the glory for the work revealed. To the disciples’ question; “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.”

Our Father in heaven, do whatever is needful in our lives so that the works of God may be revealed in and through us to others. In Him Always, Amen!

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