Why is There Suffering in the World? Jesus Provides an Answer, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 123)

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TEXT: John 9:1-7

1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 123.

Marcus Dods said, “Evil furthers the work of God in the world. It is in conquering and abolishing evil that He is manifested. The question for us is not where suffering has come from, but what are we to do with it.”

One of the questions that men and women have sought the answer to for centuries is: Why is there suffering in the world? We naturally feel that if God is good, and if the world He made is good, then there should be no suffering, especially suffering by those who are innocent or unable to help themselves. In this account of Jesus’ encounter with a blind man, we see one of God’s reasons for allowing suffering in the world.

We read that, “as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.” This man had it very hard. He was born not being able to see. He didn’t know what the blue sky looks like, he didn’t know the faces of his mother and father; he had never seen a multi-colored rainbow. He was born blind.

Seeing that he was born blind, you would think that people would show him some compassion and give him the benefit of the doubt. But, that is not the case. Jesus’ disciples immediately jump to conclusions about the reason why this man was born blind. They say, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” In their minds, the only reason why this man could not see was because of some specific sin either on his part or on the part of his parents.

Jesus refutes this notion when He says, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents…” Now, Jesus is not saying that this man or his parents were sinless. He was simply saying that this man’s blindness was not the result of a specific sin committed either by the man or his parents. Of course, the man and his parents were sinners, for all are sinners. The man’s blindness was simply a condition that came about as a result of the fallen nature of the human race. David Guzik said, “Birth defects and other such tragedies are sometimes due to sinful behavior of the parents. Yet far more often – and in the case Jesus spoke of here – it is due simply to sin and our fallen condition in general, not due to any specific sin. The sin of Adam set the principle of death and its associated destruction in the world and we have had to deal with it ever since.”

In other words, even as a newborn who has done nothing wrong, you already have marks against you because you are a person with a sinful nature born into a sin-cursed world. You do not have to do anything in order for bad things to happen to you. Simply by living in this world, you will be susceptible to suffering, pain, and death.

Why would God allow such a condition to persist in the world? Why would God allow this man to be born blind? Jesus tells us the reason is “that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” This means that although we live in a sin-cursed world — which, in no way, is God’s fault — God reaches into the world, takes the suffering, evil, pain, and death that goes on here, and makes something good out of it. God takes what is evil and turns it into something that brings Him glory. He allows this type of suffering so that we might see that He is giving us a better way.

No matter what kind of suffering or pain you are experiencing or have experienced, God will allow you to go through it so that you will realize that his world cannot satisfy you. He wants you to remain restless in your current condition. He wants you to realize just how bad of a place you are in. And then he wants you to turn to him.

This blind man may have never known that he needed Jesus until he realized that he had no other way out of his blindness. God allowed him to experience temporary suffering on earth so that he could escape eternal suffering in Hell. As C.S. Lewis said, ‘Suffering is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.’ Some people try to cope with their pain, and they only realize that they need Jesus as a last resort. God allows much suffering to continue so that people will come to the realization that they need Him. And once they have Him, they will look back on their suffering, and see that it was worth it in the end.

Whether or not you are suffering right now, God wants you to come to Him. He wants you to open your eyes to the truth and let Jesus save you from sin and from eternal suffering in Hell. Here is how you can accept Him into your heart and life today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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