Sin is not always the reason we experience pain and challenges in our life. Yes, we live in a fallen world, which our sinful nature partakes, but personal troubles come to us by way of many means. Could it be that God is using your tragedy to acclaim His majesty?
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the one about the blind man.
In John 9, we see the disciples questioning Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
With tenderness, Jesus replied, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, this came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him.”
Jesus did the most peculiar thing to heal this man of his blindness. He took dirt from the earth, mixed it with His saliva and then told the man to wash in the pool of Siloam.
Mud? Jesus’ saliva? Water? Odd elements to heal a person! There is more to see in this miracle than the healing of physical blindness. I couldn’t help but make the following parallels:
Mud – The sinful state of man
Jesus’ saliva – the Son of God who brings us salvation
Water – repentance and the demonstration of God’s mighty work.
Jesus used mud, the filth of this earth, the part we discard in the trash, and He mixed it with Himself. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
At the command of Jesus, the man went to the pool of Siloam, baptized the miracle, and was healed. John came to baptize with water, but Jesus came to baptize with power through the Holy Spirit.
The miracles Jesus performed in the New Testament foretell His gospel. And the miracles we experience, and likewise, our challenges, have the power to do the same.
Let me ask you, what were the works Jesus displayed in this man’s blindness? Was it seeing? Yes, but the crucial cleansing took place deep inside this man as we look further into his story.
After a plethora of questions from neighbors and the Pharisees, and being abandoned by his parents, this man was thrown out of the synagogue, rejected and alone.
Isn’t it like Jesus to show up in our life when we are at our lowest point? As He does for us, He did for this man.
“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
“Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
Our challenges on earth do not always resolve, but an opportunity for the healing of our soul for all eternity is possible.
Last week, I had the honor to baptize a twelve-year-old girl who is experiencing a tragic terminal illness. She did not come to this place of pain because of sin in her life or the life of her parents. Instead, like the blind man, Jesus is using her (and her family) as a testimony of His immeasurable power, grace, and mercy.
Many lives are being changed, eternally, because of her grave condition. Indeed, she is making much of Jesus!
Her life is a testimony to faith, a story of joy, and a demonstration of worship.
The most significant work of God in her life is that she believes in Jesus and is saved by His gospel. Her body is wrestling, but her soul is resting.
“Therefore she does not despair, but even if her physical body is wearing away, her inner person is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
While our specific tragedy in life is not always the result of sin; our position before the Father is sinful. The only remedy to this posture before our Holy God is to confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that He was raised from the dead, and we are saved. And this, my friends, is the highest work of God to experience!
The good news for you is this: salvation is not just available to this man or the little girl who I mentioned; it’s there for you too. If you choose to trust and follow Jesus, you can be saved today! Will you come? Jesus is calling.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry” (Matthew 11:28-30).Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load… Click To Tweet
Further reading: John 9, John 1, Romans 10, and Matthew 11.