We like to assign suffering in the lives of other people to something they have done. If a person has cancer, we wonder if they smoked or had a healthy diet. When someone is a victim of crime we imagine they hung around the wrong group of friends or left their doors unlocked or strayed into the wrong neighborhood.
But sometimes suffering is just the product of living in a sinful, fallen world. And, if you take your fallen condition to Jesus, he can use you to display the works of God. After all, Jesus said in our assigned scripture passage below, “I am the light of the world.”
(John 9:1-6) 1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.