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Who Did Sin This Man or the Parents
by Anne Harrell
02/17/06
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Who Did Sin, This Man or the Parents?



John 9:1-7 (ESV)
“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. “And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.”


How does God use the handicapped to do His will? As said in the John 9:2, the people asked Jesus who sinned this man or his parents. When there is a debilitating handicapped, people ask, “What caused their handicapped?” “What did you do wrong while you were carrying them in your womb?” When Cyndy was born, I will never forget a friend that came up to the hospital a couple hours after Cyndy was born and she saw Cyndy who was a preemie, and saw that the medical staff had to work on her to help her breathe. She went and called other friends that we had in common, and told them I had to have been drinking alcohol before she was born. Helena thought I had committed a sin and that was why Cyndy was born early.


Yes, that hurt my feelings, especially since she bragged that her child was born healthy where mine was not healthy. I knew then that God had a reason for the way Cyndy was. God was going to use that little handicapped child to touch doctors, nurses and other people that encountered her over the eleven years she was here on earth.


God was going to use her to bring people to Christ, she was going to be doing skills that the doctors never thought she would be doing. One of those was walking. The doctors thought she would never crawl much less walk. Cyndy was determined to crawl and walk. She surprised many of the health workers when she walked over to them when they came by the house for a visit or a doctor’s appointment.


God used that little girl to touch different family members. She was shunned
in addition, she was not wanted around at different functions and even there were churches that did not want her there. She was a disgrace to them. This little girl was not a disgrace to Christ; He was very proud of her.


Christ chose not to heal Cyndy here on earth, but He did choose to heal her by calling her home to Him when she was eleven years old. She had finished her work here on earth and God was ready to call her home to Him for her rewards and rest. Cyndy’s job here on earth was to show the love of Christ to people and to touch hearts and leave a lasting memory with them. She never complained about why she had to be made handicapped. She was happy with whom she was.


Prayer: Thank you Lord, for showing us that the handicapped were put here on earth to glorify You. We know that your special ones were not a mistake from a parent’s sin, but to bring honor glory to Your Name.
In Christ, Amen.


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