(1-23) Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
When God created the world, He created the world perfect – no flaws, no disease, no disability, no deficiency, no genetic defects. All of this perfection changed when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. As a result, we’re now stuck in a world of woe which is filled with imperfection, fault, and deformity. So, generally speaking, all the wrong that we see is a result of the first sin and all the other sins that followed it. God, however, takes the wrong of this world and turns it into good.
The works of God are often displayed in the weak, frail, and sickly people of the world. His glory is greater than all defects. His light shines brighter through cracked souls and broken bodies. Without experiencing the bondage of resentment and anger, we would never know how liberating it is to forgive. Without war, our desire for peace would not be so great. Without sickness, without death, our appreciation for life would dim. Without the horror of hate, we would stop pursuing love.
If God seems to be in no hurry to make the problem of evil go away, maybe we shouldn’t be, either. Maybe our compulsion to wash God’s hands for him is a service he doesn’t appreciate. Maybe…evil is where we meet God. Maybe he isn’t bothered by showing up dirty for his dates with creation. Maybe – just maybe – if we ever solved the problem, we’d have talked ourselves out of a lover. – Robert Farrar Capon
Favorite verse: (3) Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.