who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
In my last article I posed the question is God glorified when we are sick and diseased? To ask it another way, does God get glory when we are sick? I proved with Scripture that healing and wholeness is what truly brings glory to God.
Inevitably though, some will raise objections and point to John 9 and John 11. So I want to reflect on John 9 today and see if it in fact does teach that God sometimes is glorified when we are sick.
AND as Jesus passed by he saw a man who was blind from his mother's womb.
And his disciples asked him, saying, Teacher,who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus said to them, Neither did he sin nor his parents. But that the works of God might be seen in him,
I must do the works of him who sent me, while it is day; the night comes when no man can work.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
When he said these words, he spat on the ground, and mixed clay with his saliva, and he placed it on the eyes of the blind man.
Then he said to him, Go and wash in the baptismal pool of Siloam. He went and washed, and he came seeing.
See how punctuation changes things? This translation gets it right here I believe. So throw away those old sermons or turn off those preachers on TV saying whatever you're going through is God's doing and He is just getting ready to "show you off". Listen Jesus defeated the devil and finished the work at Calvary! He is showing us off when we receive all He has already accomplished. We show off God's goodness and grace because we know we don't deserve it and haven't earned it!