Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?” Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.” (John 9:1-5 MSG)
I love “The Message” version of the Bible! Notice that Jesus and His disciples ALL walk up on this blind man at the same time. However, their reactions are totally different. The disciples were looking for someone or something to blame for the man’s peril. They wanted to “figure it all out.” It’s as if they wanted details and answers ABOUT THE PROBLEM more than they wanted results and freedom FOR THE MAN. Jesus is ALWAYS about the person. Jesus wanted to heal Him. Jesus had compassion. And His solution was to restore the man’s sight….not assess the cause.
If we aren’t careful, we can become like the disciples. I know this all to well from the blind man’s viewpoint. I remember when I had those five-plus years of severe back pain. Christian people would tell me all the time “why” I hadn’t been healed. Everything from the “sin in my life” to “my bad confession” were God’s reason for my pain. And the backhoe accident? I had someone tell me that GOD was the one who ran me over to squish the sin out. Really? I don’t think so. Meanwhile, Jesus healed me of them both! HE always focuses on the person FIRST. Thank God!
Let’s be like Jesus. Let’s see the person first. We are told to “pray for” and to “heal” the sick. We DO NOT have to know every detail of the person’s life history. We just have to know JESUS, amen? Amen! Go do what Jesus did and watch what He does through YOU!