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Just Because

John 9:As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” 3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. 4 We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. 5 But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. 7 He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing! 8 His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!” But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!” 10 They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?” 11 He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!” 12 “Where is he now?” they asked.

“I don’t know,” he replied.

Who has more right to say "Just because" than the Son of God. NO ONE!! The thing is we don't like the words Just Because, just because if it is not explained to us then we can't understand. But, look at the questions of the disciples 2 “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” They believed there had to be something in the parent's lives or the man's life that had caused him to be cursed with blindness. We are so predictable by how we approach things and situations in life. In this case the disciples are thinking "cause and effect" but Jesus brings them in close to the real reason....Just Because. Jesus said the blindness came from neither his parent's or his sins, but just because so God's power could be seen in him. The great healer was seen healing and the blindness was so God could be glorified. That's it!!

Jesus goes on to tell his disciples that God had a great agenda while Jesus, His Son, was here on earth and those tasks needed to be completed before Jesus exited this earth. All of it happened Just Because God wanted it to happen that way. Can we live by that explanation? Well, we better hope we can because that is letting God be God and accepting the Just Because of the one who is in charge.... Then Jesus spits on the ground and spreads the mud over the eyes of the blind man and tells him to wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam (Siloan means sent) and then the man was able to see. Just Because he did what Jesus asked him to do. Even the name of the pool, Siloam was apparently signficant in this whole experience as the man was seen by his neighbors and he actually was sent forward "seeing" and he was sent out as one who had been touched by Jesus and his neighbors were amazed.

Have you believed in Jesus and given your life to Him? Then you are also one of the "The Sent." When I accepted Jesus I was born again and the veil of sin was lifted from my eyes and the result was noticed by my friends and it keeps getting noticed by anyone I share the love of Jesus with. I don't feel the need to explain why Jesus forgave me of my sins and I accept the Just Because......JUST BECAUSE. Because it is Jesus and I trust Him and Him alone. That should be enough, but the old nature tries to get in the mix with doubt and wanting to ask questions that cannot be answered, but by faith. But the Lord's Just Because is enough because I TRUST HIM.

Later on in the chapter the Pharisees question the man and want to negate what Jesus did because it was done on the Sabbath and they even say in verse 16 This Jesus is not from God, because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus made mud and healed him. So The Pharisees didn't believe the man had even been blind. Come on! They could not get their because answered and Just Because was not good enough for those doubters. Maybe Just Because is something you are having a problem with now in your relationship with the Lord. If so, just fall into the loving arms of Jesus and trust Him and the doubt and the reason for everything will fade into the sunset. Trust God and trust your Savior. Why? Just Because!

The Pilgrimage Continues.....

David Warren

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