Ok… if you know anything about the bible at all, you will know there’s something not quite right about the title. But that’s what Jesus said. Right there in God’s word.
Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. John 9: 1-3
Now, according to Romans 3: 23, everyone has sinned.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Everyone has sinned. The bible is very adamant about that. Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, 1 John 1:10.
So what does Jesus mean when He says no one sinned? Here’s what I think…
The disciples question, “who sinned… that he was born blind?” Wasn’t a question about who was doing something wrong. They wanted to know what caused this man’s blindness. The disciples – like us – wondered why “bad things happen to good people.”
Jesus gave them an answer. I’m not sure the disciples totally understood at the time. It takes most of us years and years to understand, if we ever do. The answer is simple. God has a plan.
So, yes, these people had sinned in one way or another. We know this because EVERYONE sins. But their sin did NOT cause this bad thing to happen. Whatever caused the man’s blindness probably has a wonderfully simple scientific answer, that today, the doctors could have told his parents at the time of his birth. Maybe his retina didn’t develop properly. Maybe his optical nerve was detached or never attached to begin with. It doesn’t matter. What truly matters is “that the works of God should be revealed in him.” Then Jesus showed everyone the works of God by healing him.
“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9: 4-5
Maybe you know someone who you feel has had a bad lot in life; someone you feel did nothing wrong and they are being punished. I want you to remember these verses. Then look for the works of God in their life and in the lives with which they come in contact. Look closely and you will see the works and the glory of God.
For Margot, who is perfect in God’s plan and shows His works and glory every day.