Why Strangle Love?

As Jesus went along, He saw a man blind from birth. Jesus' disciples asked Him, ‘rabbi who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?' (John 9:1-2)

Before the eyes of these able bodied men sat a beggar dusted in ancient middle-eastern heat and poverty, who:

  • had felt the caressing warmth of the sun, yet was unable to describe its imposing heavenly presence,
  • knew full well the delicate fragrances of a garden, yet could not testify to their bright and appealing display or
  • had been utterly drenched in a downpour, yet never glanced a rainbow.

Far too quick to blame, these immature disciples jumped to judgement at another's mis-fortune. His congenital illness is as clear as the unhealthy thinking of Jesus' followers.#

Rash judgement is the enemy of tenderness & compassion. ~ Brennan Manning

Creating wine, walking on water or feeding the gathered masses would always be insufficient for this love-filled messiah. The Light of the World gifted light to he who had no light.

Jesus had healed a blind man but also some very blind thinking.

You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune... (Obadiah 1:12a)

This blindness was not seeded in sin. His blindness was to demonstrate ‘that the work of God might be displayed in his life' (see John 9:3).

Who benefitted most by this miraculous demonstration; God Himself, the man born blind or the disciples? Yet - does this message also pass the test of time?

2000 years on, beware the accusing, judgemental Pharisee/disciple within - this raucous enemy of love that strangles hearts. 

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A domesticated Christianity means a neutered Christ.

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