Apparently the disciples were of the mindset that if something bad happened to you it was your fault! While that can be true, it’s not always true. Sometimes bad things happen and it’s so God can use them to do a work in our lives. Perhaps it’s a work of maturity (Romans 5:2-4), perhaps it’s a work of empathy (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) or perhaps it’s a way to display His glory, as it is here.
Whenever we encounter someone who has a problem we can respond in one of three ways: we can revile, we can reflect (as the disciples initially do), or we can respond.
Mark 12:28-31 “Now one of the experts in the law came and heard them debating. When he saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the most important of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The most important is: “Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’”
Jesus responds to the blind man’s need with love, and reveals in a very real way that He is the light of the world! He also reveals that He is creator and God. Just as God formed man out of the dust of the earth, so Jesus takes mud and gives a man back His eyesight. But Jesus wants the man to display faith and obedience, so He has him go and wash His eyes, and it’s then that He gets His sight back (reminiscent of 2 Kings 5:1-14). The people are amazed! They drag Him before the Pharisees because it’s the Sabbath, and the Pharisees end up arguing among themselves. Some think Jesus has to be a sinner. Some think He can’t be to do such a sign, so they end up asking the man. The man, perhaps simply because of the miracle, or perhaps because of the similarity to what Elisha did in the Old Testament, calls Jesus a prophet.
Chances are you will be confronted with a situation today where you can choose to revile (like the Pharisees), reflect (like the disciples), or respond (like Jesus). What will you choose to do?