John Lesson 13 Day 3 ~ John 9:1-7
6 – We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. (NLT)
We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. John 9:4 (MSG)
Though I plainly perceive that the cure of this man will draw down upon me the malice of the Jewish rulers, yet I must accomplish the work for which I came into the world whole it is day—while the term of this life of mine shall last. It was about six months after this that our Lord was crucified. It is very likely that the day was now declining, and night coming on; and he took occasion from this circumstance to introduce the elegant metaphor immediately following. By this we are taught that no opportunity for doing good should be omitted—Day representing the opportunity: Night, the loss of that opportunity. Adam Clarke
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. (ESV)
But Jesus defended himself. “My Father is working straight through, even on the Sabbath. So am I.” (MSG)
I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. (ESV)
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (ESV)
- Know our purpose.
- Recognize opportunities.
- Remember they expire.
- Don’t hesitate, even if the task looks risky.
What a blessing it will be to know we finished well.
7 – My destiny
My only necessary work to inherit eternal life is, “Believe in the one he (God) has sent.”
The good things he planned for me are the fruit of my love relationship with him. I love to please him.
The two things I know he asked me to do are write and help care for my grandchildren. Many times those two tasks compete for my time and energy.
Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (NLT)
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (NLT)
8 – The disciples assumed all suffering was punishment.
They wondered if it was his fault or his parent’s fault. In their eyes, he was either a sinner or a victim.
Since being blind from birth is so unusual, one commentary suggests the blind man may have announced this information to gain the sympathy of those passing by. If so, that could have prompted this discussion between Jesus and his disciples.
Jesus saw a blind man who needed a miracle and an opportunity to bring glory to God.
It doesn’t seem the disciples saw the need or the opportunity. Nor did they show compassion.
When I see someone suffering, compassion isn’t always my first response. Too often, judgment is. I hate that. I certainly don’t want anyone to judge me.
These questions sure do point out my own blind spots.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 13 Day 3 ~ John 9:1-7