Words from the Heart for Monday March 30th, 2020
His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
John 9:2-3 (NIV)
Neither This Man Nor His Parents
According to a new survey by the Angus Reid Institute, half of Canadian parents think their kids are spending too much time on digital devices. The study says 87 percent of parents with children between 2 and 12 said their child spends at least an hour a day on a device – with most spending considerably more time than that. A large amount of that time is spent gaming – primarily among boys, who are almost twice as likely as girls to use their devices for playing games.
When something happens to us, usually something negative, we try to figure out why. Maybe it was something we did in the past, or if you believe in reincarnation, something we did in a past life. Eastern religions teach about karma – that when we do something good, good will come back to us. If we do something bad, bad will come back to us. There were even those in Jesus’ day who believed this false theology. In John 9 we meet a man born blind. The disciples ask Jesus why this man was blind. They wanted to know if it was because of this man’s sin, or the sin of his parents. Jesus replied in John 9:2-3: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Jesus was about to heal the man, and God would get the glory for it. Grace stepped in where karma ends. Bad things happen because we live in a world that has been marked by sin. Jesus steps in when we trust Him and in spite of our past, He brings healing and new life.
These have been words from the heart.