Lately, God is doing something in me where He is bringing to my mind many other parts of the Bible as I read. For example, Jesus says in John 9:5 "While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." That leads to the question: 'Well, Jesus, who's the light of the world whey you are not in the world?' And I immediately thought of Matthew 5:14 when Jesus clearly says, "You are the light of the world." and John repeatedly uses light as a metaphor for direction, goodness, God's presence, truth, etc. See chapters 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 11 & 12.
The question that is asked by the Pharisees in v.2 would be a normal, common assumption. Disease or affliction was deemed to be the result of someone's sin. Your life circumstances were in a cause-and-effect relationship with your goodness.
Jesus dispels this kind of false assumption. Things are often broken because we live in a broken world. Sometimes, we can draw a straight line from our actions (sin) to our circumstances (consequences). Other times, like the devastation of a natural disaster or many diseases, etc., you cannot do this. It just is. Nobody caused it.
Jesus' response, though, in v.3, reminds me of Romans 8:28.
What follows is a witch-hunt. The Pharisees are really upset about the healing and are looking for someone to be a scapegoat. Note that man's defense in v.30, which is really funny, by the way.
The entire chapter is centered around this one healing and the fallout that comes behind it. It is fascinating and there are many lessons to come from it. What are some of the things you see or some of the ways you feel God is speaking to you out of this?
(By the way, it does have a lot of relevance to last weekend's services at PCC, doesn't it!?)