Gospel: John 9:1-41
Epistle: Ephesians 5:8-14
Lesson: Isaiah 42:14-21
Psalm: Psalm 142
The Gospel According to John
“Although Jesus does not disavow the generalizing connection between sin and suffering, he completely disavows a universalizing of particular connections. In this instance, he insists that neither this man nor his parents sinned. Rather, this happened so that the work [lit. ‘works’] of God might be displayed in his life. Formally, the concluding clause could be taken as a result clause (‘with the result that’) or a purpose clause (‘in order that’); either way, John certainly does not think that the occurrence of blindness from birth was outside the sweep of God’s control, and therefore of his purpose.”
Carson, D. A., The Gospel of John. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1991.
The NIV Application Commentary – John
“A deep instructive principle lies in these words. They surely throw some light on that great question, ‘the origin of evil.’ God has thought fit to allow evil to exist, in order that He may have a platform for showing His mercy, grace, and compassion. If man had never fallen, there would have been no opportunity of showing Divine mercy. But by permitting evil, mysterious as it seems, God’s works of grace, mercy, and wisdom in saving sinners, has been wonderfully manifested to all His creatures.
Burge, G.M., The NIV Application Commentary – John. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing, 1991.
The Gospel of John
“There is a prima facie discrepancy between this passage and those in which Jesus says that he did not come to judge the world (John 3:17; 12:47). But there is no real discrepancy. Jesus is not saying here that he has come to execute judgment; rather, his presence and activity in the world themselves constitute judgment as they compel men and women to declare themselves for or against him, as they range themselves on the one side or the other.”
Bruce, F.F., The Gospel of John. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1983.