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?”
a. Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? The disciples regarded this man as an unsolved riddle; but Jesus regarded him as a suffering person needing relief.
b. We often suspect that where there is a more than ordinary sufferer, there is a more than ordinary sinner; the disciples believed this to be so to the extent that they wondered if this man was a most remarkable sinner – one who personally sinned before he was born!
2. (3-5) Jesus responds to the question, without answering it.
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.”
a. Neither this man nor his parents sinned: Jesus’ response was “I’m not here to answer such questions, but to do the work of God in alleviating such suffering while I can.”
i. This is an answer consistent with the spirit of the book of Job. Sometimes, God intentionally leaves us without knowledge regarding the source or reason behind pain.
b. It is possible that John 9:3 could be punctuated like this: “. . . nor his parents sinned. But that the works of God should be revealed in him, I must work . . .”
c. Why do such bad things happen? Generally, because we live in a fallen world, a world willing to serve Satan and sin.
d. While it is day: If we neglect our opportunities for service, they may be lost forever.
- John 9 - 12