Jesus’ disciples ask Him, “Master, who does sin, this man, or his parents, that he is born blind?” [The disciples might just as well ask, “Master, why is this man born blind?]
Jesus responds that neither the sins of the man born blind nor of his parents cause his blindness. Rather the man’s blindness is a vehicle to show forth the work of the Son of God — the work which God the Father sends Jesus to perform.
This work is to be performed in the daytime — the three or so years Jesus walks the earth in ministry — during which Jesus is the Light of the world. Jesus says, “As long as I Am in the world, I Am the light of the world.” (John 9:5, KJV)
Then Jesus spits on the ground, makes a clay and anoints the eyes of the blind man. He commands the man to go to the pool of Siloam to wash. The man obeys, and “comes seeing.” (John 9:7)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that suffering in this world is not always the result of sin; that often You use situations, including great physical pain, to reveal Your glory not only to Your people but to a lost and dying world. Help us to trust You in every circumstance. In Jesus’ Name, amen.