"As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been born blind. His disciples asked him, 'Teacher, whose sin caused him to be born blind? Was it his own or his parents' sin?' Jesus answered, 'His blindness has nothing to do with his sins or his parents' sins. He is blind so that God's power might be seen at work in him. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light for the world.'" (John 9:1-5, GNT)
Similarly to the testaments of old, much debate arises in Christian circles on whether or not God still heals and performs the miraculous today. Another posing question is, if so, then who does He choose to heal and why?
Blindness was common in Jesus' day. The Jews associated blindness (along with other infirmities) with sin. However, make no mistake, not every struggle or infirmity is due to sin.
If we observe the New Testament, we see that Jesus didn't heal everybody. He only healed those that God had sent Him to heal. "To heal", means to "restore to normal". Why did only certain ones get healed? So that the son of man would be glorified.
There have been several beautiful stories of many gaining eternal salvation through preachers' invitation of life through another's death at a funeral. Where does God get the greater glory? Healing one from a fatal disease or healing many through the death of one man? Was it not to God's greater glory to send His one and only son for the salvation of many?
God doesn't choose favorites. Our minds can't conceive God's greater plan. But realize this, whether someone's healing took place here on Earth or in Heaven, both instances are for the glory of God. Even if someone passes from this life to the next, it is so that the son of God may be glorified.
At the end of the day, God's ways are greater than ours. We don't have to figure it all out. All we have to do is "be full of God and with that fullness, comes power"! Power to heal, power to save, and the power to gain greater understanding of His will and perspective.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .