Read John 9:1-7.
“WHOSE FAULT WAS IT?” What an appropriate question for Good Friday. This question assumes that God blesses the righteous and curses the wicked.
Our first son, Matthew, was born with a congenital heart defect. My wife and I did not know about these problems before his birth but were surprised by these facts minutes after he took his first breath.
Whose fault was it? Who was to blame for this suffering of the innocent? These questions tortured us and our families as we tried to make sense of our new journey.
I’m sure the parents of the man born blind raised the same questions at his birth. Many people back then (and even now) believe that illness and disability represent God’s anger toward an individual. The religious leaders at the Temple may have conveyed the belief that the man would never merit God’s love or be accepted as an equal in fellowship with others.
Imagine this man conversing with himself, saying, “I wish I were the same as …” He not only desires to see but to know that God doesn’t hold a grudge against him or his family. …
Then Jesus utters words of healing: “Neither this man nor his parents…” Another miracle takes place: theologies and perspectives change. The man receives his sight and the confirmation that God is not angry with him.
The cross offers a statement of wholeness. Jesus, the innocent one, suffered; but God did not abandon us. God continues to love us; God loves us still.
– Wessel Bentley
The Miracles of Jesus
From pages 98-99 of The Miracles of Jesus: Meditations and Prayers for Lent by Wessel Bentley. Copyright © 2012 by Wessel Bentley. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
“The cross offers a statement of wholeness.” What does that wholeness mean to you? Share your thoughts.
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:30, NRSV
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