S (Scripture): John 9:1 Now as Jesus was passing by, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 9:2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man or his parents?” 9:3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him. 9:4 We must perform the deeds of the one who sent me as long as it is daytime. Night is coming when no one can work. 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
O (Observation): In John 8, Jesus begins to describe that he is the light of the world. Here, in this text, he is living out what it means to be light in the world, by healing the man born blind.
Popular thought of the day was that one born with some deformity or illness had parents who sinned, thus causing the impediment. Jesus is stating that sin is not the cause here. In this particular case, Jesus says that this man was born blind so that Jesus could show everyone (through healing this man) that Jesus is the light of the world.
And as the light of the world, he doesn’t just walk around glowing : )
Rather, being the light is about Jesus’ effect on the world. He brings light where there is darkness. And he calls all to come to the light.
A (Application): We all have dark days. We all have struggles. And sometimes, they just are. No explanation. No “parents who’ve sinned.” Sometimes darkness just hangs over our heads. And, unfortunately, we don’t always feel the light.
The light is there. Jesus is waiting for us to accept the light…so we don’t stumble.
Now, as one who has been baptized, I believe that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. My struggles are not with eternal salvation…but with life on earth and the struggles we still contend with.
Will my/your suffering last? Maybe for a season, or a lifetime.
What to do? Allow others to come in a share in your pain, even just a little bit of it. The usually helps me.
I eagerly await the day of “Kingdom Come.” No more suffering. And the only tears will be tears of joy.
P (Prayer): Lord, you move about, even when our own struggles seem to block you out. Remind us that, even when we don’t / can’t see or feel You, the Light of the world, remind us that you ARE there still. Amen.