1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
There are two important lessons in the passage above. Jesus stops as he sees a man blind from birth. Now Jesus speaks to great crowds, of people heals many, and is followed from town to town by multitudes of people during his ministry on earth, yet He stops to heal the one.
The disciples question Jesus as to whose fault or sin is the blindness in the blind man. Jesus answers his disciples explaining that it was not the sin of the parents or the son. It was "that the works of God might be displayed in him."
So, was this man blinded so the works of God might bee seen, that His glory is manifested? This is indeed a difficult passage to understand, but look carefully at what Jesus is saying. Those tragedies that happen in our lives happen in an imperfect world. Jesus is careful to say in this instance it was not the sin of either party. The importance of the blind man being healed is that God through His Son's work is manifested, glorified!
The lesson is to allow God to work in our lives even in the most difficult of times, to use those difficult times, tragedies and the lessons learned to help others, to glorify God as we serve in His kingdom. Yes, it is a matter of faith, but is that not the crux of our belief in our Lord and Savior?
A second lesson is seen in the singular attention that Jesus gave the one man. Jesus stopped and and healed the man. Often we look for the big things in serving God, the attention-getters. Yet, it is in the one-on-one encounters that people see up close God's glory reflected in you. Those big events are extremely important, but it is the body of Christ working in the everyday world that God cherishes. It is indeed those close encounters that bring countless people into relationship with our Savior!