Look for what God can do

Rabbi (Jesus), 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 case effect here. Look instead for what God can do. John 9:2-5, The Message

We often ask the wrong questions trying to figure out why there is suffering in our lives and the lives of people we love.  God doesn't inflict suffering, but God can certainly work through it.  Read John 9 and pray for eyes that are open to what God is doing in the world and in your life.   

Reflection and discussion questions for this scripture text. 

  • Has something good happening to somebody else ever bothered you? Why do you think it bothered you so much? Why does the blind man’s healing seem to bother the religious leaders so much?
  • Do sin (behavior) and suffering go together? Never? Always? Sometimes? Can you think of examples? (John 9:2-5)
  • What comes to mind when you hear that Jesus spat in the ground and rubbed the compound of dust and spittle on the man’s eyes? Do you see the God of Genesis 2:6 flowing forth waters into the dust of the earth to bring forth a new creation?
  • If you had been the blind man’s parents (vs. 22),how would you have responded to the questions by the authorities?
  • How will the story of the blind man in John 9 inform your response the next time someone asks you why good people suffer?

For Families: Check out these links and activities

  • Make mud pies! Get out and play in some dirt. Read this story of Jesus using mud to heal the blind man, the story of John 9. http://sermons4kids.com/mud_in_your_eye.htm
  • What is it like to be blind? Take turns wearing blindfolds and going about your regular home activities: meals, laundry, cleaning, etc. Talk about what it’s like to be able to not see. Talk about how Jesus healed the man who was born blind; what was this man’s life like before/after. What does having Jesus as a friend help us to “see” in the world?
  • Game: Mystery bags. Each person gets a bag and puts in small items that they think will be difficult for others to guess by just touching. The bags get passed around others have to try to guess what’s in the bags without seeing the items.

 

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