“His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’  ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.'” (John 9:2-3)

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  Ever heard that phrase before?  In other words, when life gets difficult, the tough people rise to meet the challenge.

The problem with that phrase is that it offers little comfort to the person in the throes of a difficult situation in life.  It’s easily said about someone else but not a very enjoyable thought when the pain of suffering is crushing on your own shoulders.

Another option when someone is suffering is to try and find some particular sin behind it.  “What did you do to incur God’s punishment?”  Is the thought.  While sin does have consequences and is more apparent in some cases than others, much suffering in our world is simply because we live in a fallen, sinful world and not due to some particular sin.

But notice what Jesus said here, “This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”  God would use this man’s suffering to put on display His power and love.  And Jesus did!  He healed this man born blind.  Why?  To show that Jesus is the very Son of God and as such, He has the power to do what no one else can do: forgive sins.  Sure this man got to see with his eyes, but one day he would die.  So even better than that, by faith he saw in Jesus his Savior from his greatest problem: sin.

By grace through faith you see Jesus too!  He healed your greatest problem by dying on the cross to save you!  He defeated sin, death, and the devil by rising from the dead!  He opened heaven’s doors for you!  And if Jesus has done that for you, and He has, then you can live confident in His love, at peace in His forgiveness, and joyful in His grace no matter how tough the going is getting.  And in that way, God’s grace, power and love will go on display in your life too!

Resting in my Savior’s everlasting arms, just like you,

pastor