Jesus makes it quite clear here that He KNEW why this man was born blind! No one but GOD can declare “This happened so that . . .” This man born blind was part of God’s plan to reveal His Son as Savior to the world — one needy person at a time!
I never played on high school sports teams, but instead had a paper route to make money. But if I had, I would probably have a few trophies. At least some participation ones! Wait a minute, I have several table tennis and tennis trophies that I’ve won as an adult, an old adult. Now. If I were really serious about my trophies, I would not lose them in the garage or put them in a box in the attic. I would display them in a prominent place at home — on the kitchen table, by the front door under a spotlight — you get the picture.
Jesus says, “this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Here’s a display case. What is its use? Yes! To show off stuff! We are DISPLAY CASES of God’s work in our lives.
That seems to be a pretty passive place for us to be, doesn’t it? We are just display cases to show off the works of God. People are not supposed to look through us to God but at us and at what God has been and is doing in our lives! Now, we can mess up being DISPLAY CASES, can’t we? We can be so dirty (with sin) that no one can see what’s displayed inside. We can refuse to turn the light on in the case and just sit there in the dark. We can distract people’s attention and highlight other things that we’re proud of that aren’t the works of God.
What a marvelous statement. This man, born blind, had never seen anything in his entire life, but would soon not only himself see, but he would be seen by others as a display case for the works of ALMIGHTY GOD! From blindness to display. Not a bad transition! (to be continued)