In this scripture we see the healing of a blind man. This lesson covers two important subjects. The first issue encountered is who sinned to cause his blindness. This could be a bit open ended when applied to all illnesses. Yes, there are sins that affect the lives of others. On the flip side of that coin, the source of some problems may not be related to sin, as was the case here. That leads to the second important issue in this lesson - is it acceptable to usurp the laws of man to enact the will of God? Of course, we know the answer to this second issue to be a resounding yes; although the Pharisees in this lesson, along with many lawmakers now, disagree with that belief.
Who Sinned?(John 9:1-5)
In verse 2, the disciples asked the question - who sinned? Jesus' answer in the next verse can have a great impact on our beliefs - his blindness was "that the works of God should be made manifest in him." Do we believe that God allows problems so that others may be involved in his miraculous resolution of them?
Look at the story of Lazarus (John 11). Do you see the same application of human trials versus God's will? Lazarus was allowed to die so that a miracle of God could be shown to the people in his region. In John 11:14, Jesus says that he is glad that he was not there to cure Lazarus because his revival will be used to help others believe in God. Although the question of sin is not involved in the story of Lazarus it does show the necessity of suffering through things in this life so that the glory of God may be shown. There is an additional discussion point that can be brought out about Lazarus being pulled from the sanctity and peace of heaven back into the painful trials of his earthly body.