In John 9: 1-2 the Bible says, “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” (KJV). The question that the disciples asked reveals a way of thinking that still impacts believers today.
What is true is that when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden, death, sickness all kind of suffering entered the world. When the disciples asked the question they fully understood that sin does not only impact the person who commits it, but that it impacts families, communities and nations as well. However, Jesus wanted the disciples to avoid wasting energy on figuring out who sinned in any given situation and just focus on doing the work of God.
Jesus did not want the disciples to be trapped in the blame game. In John 9:3 the Bible says, “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him” (KJV). Finger pointing does not promote effective ministry. Jesus came to offer a solution to the human predicament of sin and that means he was not out here to blame anyone. Our job is to minister to people and not be out there trying to figure out who sinned. The Bible clearly states that all have sinned therefore all of us need forgiveness.
Jesus was well focused and he still wants his followers to be focused on helping those in need. The work has to be done because Jesus has conquered sin at the cross of Calvary. Jesus is not judgmental that is why he does not want us to be judgmental. In John 3:17 the Bible says,” For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (KJV). Jesus does not promote self righteous behavior; he wants every one to be saved. His work can only be done by people who think like him and act in ways that are in line with his word.
Are you going to offer solutions?
Dear God, I want to have your mind so that I can walk in your ways. Let me be focused on helping people and never be trapped in the blame game. I believe you are not condemning anyone and I do not want to condemn anyone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.