by Nelson Price


JOHN 8:12
JOHN 9: 1 - 7

JESUS CHRIST had just lovingly dealt with the woman caught in
the act of adultery. Her understanding of sin and need of
cleansing had resulted in Christ's admonition: "Go thy way and
sin no more." He illumined her life. In her life He put out the
fires of perverted passion and lit the torch of understanding.
Christ then entered the temple. The Feast of Tabernacles was
over. The water from the Pool of Siloam which symbolically was
poured on the altar to depict cleansing had dried up. The two 75
foot candlebearers that symbolized God's presence with His
people had their lights extinguished. In this setting Christ
said: "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall
not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John
Now in keeping with his style and purpose John records a
sign/miracle to validate Christ's claim related to being "the
light of the world." In John 9:1-7, the illustrative miracle is
The man was blind. The disciples ask a question revealing a
common curiosity. "Who sinned?" Note the man was blind from
birth. Did the child say before birth, assuredly, NO?
Their question answers many questions. Some persons still assume
sickness is a method by which God punishes sin. If it is then
the medical profession is fighting against God. I hasten to say,
it is not and they are.
Illness and suffering are the result of sin - CUMULATIVEresult,
but not necessarily of specific sin.
The Greek language had not punctuation. The meaning of Christ's
response is better under ...

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