A dictionary definition of cause and effect is a relationship between actions or events that one or more are
the results of the other or others. The blind man in the passage became blind due to a certain cause. He can’t
be blind without cause. Our hopeless reality can’t be without cause. Humans are separated from God due to
their sins and have fallen into an eternal curse. That’s the true reality of man’s existence. The miserable
condition of the blind man represents our condition. Disciples’ ask Jesus for our sake: Whose fault was (is) it
that I struggle this life? Whose sin? Is it because this man sinned or his parents? Well, both could be right
answer for everyone is sinner. Everyone has the same destiny to perish.
However, today, Jesus is changing the entire story upside down. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. But
this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” His declaration creates a new
perspective. This man is not a miserable man that his condition should be pitied. All these are for the glory of
God. He is blind for God has favored him. His remark changes everything. This is the work of the gospel and
what believers experience. All our sins are forgiven and iniquities are wiped away. Our sins can’t be the cause
for our life anymore for it lost its power and influence over us. Our suffering, pain, injustice, and difficult
condition wear new clothes in Christ. They are given to us for God’s works and glory. It is not a shame
anymore but God’s work through me.
Christ does something unthinkable. He moves the cause which lied in the past to the future. The cause has a
new master. The cause of our condition is for His work, glory, and blessing. The reason for my tears and pain
is for the work of God in future. In Christ, we have a totally new interpretation of our life in the past and
present. Now we are different people with different meaning on us. Isaiah speaks of what Christ would do for
us. ” To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of
mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD
has planted for his own glory.” (Isaiah 61:3) And of course these exchanges were not free. God paid the price
of Christ that Jesus died on the cross.