Lent – Sunday – April 3

John 9:1-41

“Who sinned?” Jesus’ opponents simply assume that blindness was a clear judgment against some misdeed. But as he does so often in the Gospels, Jesus simply refuses to answer the question. The very basis of it is in error. The man’s blindness is not a divine punishment, but a tragedy only God can remedy, a problem only grace can resolve, a lifelong injury only God can heal. Sin was not the source of the man’s physical blindness. Why then was he blind? “So that God’s works might be revealed in him.” God did not make the man blind; God made him whole. He was blind only so that he would see.

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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