Bad Things Happen

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Perhaps the most popular questions that a pastor hears are, “Why are bad things happening to me? What did I do to deserve this?” These are questions or feelings that we have each had at one time or another. Jesus deals head on with the issue of human suffering and its cause in the 9th chapter of John.

In John 9 a man has been born blind. Jesus’ insiders, the disciples, bring that popular question in verse 2, they ask, “Jesus, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus’ response comes swiftly and directly in verse 3, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind, so that God’s works might be revealed through him.”

Blind people were untouchable, considered to be outcasts of society. What Jesus proceeds to do is spit on the earth, then touch the man’s eyes with the mud and says to him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam.”     (John 9:6,7) When the man washes himself off, he has been healed and is able to see.

If you carry this story out to the end of verse 41, there is so much going on in this text I hardly know where to start in terms of making a specific point. I encourage you who have ever wondered “why does God allow suffering, and what did I do to deserve it?” to read the 41st verse and ask God to give you the words to pray.

One thing I do know is this Jesus often touched the ones whom others deemed untouchable. When I have followed in such as path as Jesus first paved, there is healing for me. Thanks be to God.

Still in One Peace,

David J. Jensen

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