Background: John 9:1-11
Key Verse: Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:3 ESV
Imagine if you were born without arms or legs. Would your life have a purpose? Would you blame your parents or blame God for allowing you to experience this disability? Nick was born without arms and legs, but eventually, he and his parents saw him as an expression of God’s glory. Though obviously faced with challenges, Nick has been able to live a full life, giving glory to God by sharing his life story when he speaks.
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One day, Jesus and his disciples were passing by when they saw a blind man. This man had been blind from his birth. As they were passing, his disciples asked him who had sinned to cause him to experience blindness. They asked, “Was it him or his parents?” However, Jesus told them that neither he nor his parents sinned. Instead, God wanted to display his works in the man’s life. Jesus told the disciples that they must work while they could because a time was coming where they would no longer have an opportunity to work because of the darkness. Jesus was a light for the world to see as long as he was present.
After Jesus had spoken, he spat on the ground and made mud. Then, he touched the man’s eyes and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam (Suh-low-um). The word Siloam means sent. After the man washed his eyes, he received his sight. When he returned seeing, people asked if this was the man who once begged. Some believed, and some did not believe. The man declared, “I am he!” Then, he shared what happened.
- Sometimes, we experience bad things in our lives, and it is no one’s fault. What is something that you have experienced or seen someone experience, but it was no one’s fault?
- Why do you think people want to place blame when someone suffers? Even if someone was at fault, can the situation change?
- Are there times when someone’s disability is caused by another? How do you feel about it?
- Whether it was someone’s fault or no one’s fault, do you believe God still has a plan for a disabled person’s life? Why?
- In the story, why did God allow the man to be born blind?
- Because the man could share his story, what happened?
- Sometimes, we suffer through situations. It does not have to be a physical or mental disability. It can be anything that “seems” to hurt us. What is the purpose of the suffering?
- Can you share a situation where you have suffered and been able to help others because of what you experienced?
- The word Siloam means sent. Why do you think that is important in the story and to your life today?
- How will your life be different after reading this story? What outlook will you have about your life and the life of others?
What does the bible say about how God made us?
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16 ESV
- No matter how you were born, you have a purpose.
- We may not know or understand why we suffer, but God can use anything for his glory. Use it.
- You have the ability to draw people to God with your hurt and healing. Make a difference.