WWJD? This simple question, what would Jesus do, came into popularity several years ago. It was profound at the time, but as it got more and more trendy, it lost some of its punch. I think it is time to revisit this simple question. What would Jesus do? I think if you look at Jesus’ ministry and you see how he responded to people you can kind of guess how he would respond to circumstances today. That is kind of the point of the bracelets, necklaces, book covers and all the other WWJD merchandise, to make us stop and think before we act. For example, there is a story in the Bible about a blind man.
In John 9:2, Jesus’ disciples ask “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?”
He responds, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” I think his point here is that it doesn’t matter so much who sinned, after all every one of us are guilty…we are getting hung up on the wrong question, which is who is to blame. Do we blame satan, the man, the parents, the church…who? The blame game does not fly with Jesus. He goes on to answer another question, thereby taking the emphasis off of who did what. The question is why? His answer? So that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
Why cancer? So the work of God might be displayed in your life.
Why a house fire? So the work of God might be displayed your life.
Why an individual crisis that affects the whole church? So the work of God might be displayed in YOUR life, and HIS life, and the CHURCH’S life. No matter what you are facing, fill in your own blanks with your own life traumas and the answer remains the same.
But wait, there’s more…now look on down in the story to John 9:15-16.
“Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others asked, “How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?” So they were divided.”
It seems the Pharisees are at it again…totally missing the point one more time by trying to determine if God is at work or not. Bless their hearts, they just want to be sure all is in order. They are confused; their rules are not being followed. It does not look like they want it to look. They missed the miraculous work of God…blind eyes are open…light is shining and they do not get it.
The man says to them in verse 9:30, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.”
To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.”
Jesus hears of this and says to them, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
The Pharisees ask him “Are we blind too?”
Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”
He gives a powerful answer that we would do well to pay attention to. The blind and those with other infirmities were the lowest of the low in that culture. Not even worth speaking to in the minds of the Pharisees, because they were the worst of sinners. Here Jesus shows them that he indeed came for the sinners, and not the religious who already think they “see.” He points that out here loud and clear. How can you tell if you see or are blind like the Pharisees? Check the underlines…they were divided. They were divided and they sewed division. Key point…they missed the miracle.
Next underline, they threw him out. The very one that Jesus touched, they dismissed. Not only did they deny Jesus was at work, they refused to “see” it. Key point…they missed his grace.
So what would Jesus do? He would open blind eyes. He has opened blind eyes. He would bring light into darkness. He has brought light into darkness. Can you see it or are you blinded by the circumstances?