Summary: There are several important eye-openers that we can gain from this miracle that will help give us a positive outlook when we face problems in our lives.
The Eye Opener
Over the past several weeks we’ve been looking at the miracles recorded in the Gospel of John so that we can see how Jesus’ can make our impossible situations possible. This week, however, I want to skip over the fifth miracle of Jesus walking on water since we’ve looked at that miracle in the past so that we can finish next week.
Read v. 1
It’s hard for us to imagine what life must have been like for this man in our passage this morning; he was born blind. He didn’t know what a rainbow or a flower looked like. He had never witnessed the sight of a sunset. He didn’t even know what his parents looked like. For this man, the world was colorless and formless.
The good news is that when he met Jesus there was a miraculous change in his life! He received the gift of sight and then later he received the gift of eternal life through faith in Christ! This miracle not only met his physical need, but more importantly it met his greatest need of all… his need of a Savior!
There are several important eye-openers that we can gain from this miracle that will help give us a positive outlook when we face problems in our lives. The first eye-opener we find in our passage this morning is to:
1. Look for blessing, not blame.
If you want to experience joy in your life, then you need to have a good attitude. In this passage, what you’ll see is a contrast between the positive attitude of Jesus with the different examples of negative attitudes around Him. Right off the bat, we see that the first group of people who needed an attitude adjustment was the disciples.
Read v. 2
Now obviously there are consequences to the sin in our lives, but our problems aren’t always the result of that sin. The next time you have a problem in your life, rather than looking someone or something to blame, there’s another option. Let’s look at how Jesus responded:
Read v. 3
Here we have specific instructions from Jesus Himself on what to do when we’re faced with a problem - look at it as an opportunity for God to display His power and love.
It’s a shame that the disciples didn’t look at the blind man with a desire to help Him; instead they wanted to start a theological discussion. People don’t need a consultation when they’re facing problems; they need help. We shouldn't care as much about why they’re hurting as the fact that they are hurting.
If you were in a car accident and were bleeding to death in the ER, how would you feel if the doctor came in and wanted to talk about the Greek word for hospital or the history of the stethoscope? Everything he said to you might be true but it would also be irrelevant because it doesn’t stop your pain.
We don’t always need to know why problems occur. “Why did God let this happen?”, “Why do good people suffer?”, “Why does God allow natural disasters to destroy entire cities?”, Why this?”, “Why that?” Instead of wasting our time complaining about the fact that our problems exist, we should get busy finding a solution. Our time can be more efficiently spent doing the works Jesus did…telling the Good News to the lost…being a light instead of cursing the darkness.