It seems as if He walked right through the angry crowd of Jews who wanted to stone Him for supposed blasphemy, but Jesus walked right on through as God the Father sealed Him, hid Him from the angry Jews. They had rocks in their hands and they were ready to throw them at Jesus. So John eight ends with these words, Jesus, going through the midst of them, so passed by.
Then chapter nine begins,” And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
We don’t know the interval of time between John chapter eight and nine, but Bible says Jesus and His disciples were walking along and came across a man blind from birth. Apparently the man was known by the disciples. So they asked Jesus, did this man sin or did his parents sin to cause him to be blind from birth. The Jews thought there was a direct link between ones sin and sickness or suffering. Some Jews even thought one could sin before birth. Then Jesus answered, neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. Jesus told the disciples it wasn’t sin that caused the blindness, but that the man was blind that the glory of God might be revealed. God can use suffering, pain, disease, disaster, catastrophe; He can use the worst of human circumstances for His glory. So it was in the case of the blind man, he was blind that the glory of God might be revealed.
Oh but it gets better. Let’s go back to Exodus again and the story of God calling Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt. God called Moses to lead the people out, yet Moses was a bit nervous, so in Chapter four and verse ten, And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, who hath made man's mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
Moses said he couldn’t speak eloquently; he was slow of tongue and slow of speech. Moses didn’t think he was fit for the job God had for him. But did you notice God’s reply to Moses? God told Moses, Who hath made man's mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the Lord? Now therefore go! God told Moses; hey I made you, your insecurities, your inabilities, your challenges, I made you. But those are nothing for me to overcome, to work through, now therefore go and do what I called you to do. We have no excuses. God told us to go, insecurities, inabilities and challenges, despite all those things; we are now therefore to go!
So back in John chapter nine, Jesus told the disciples, I, scholars think that word should be we, so we must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. Our days are numbered upon this earth, we only have so long to accomplish what God has for us to do, and then our time on earth is done. Then as Paul wrote, we all must appear before the judgement seat of Christ to receive the things done in our body, according to that which we have done, whether they be good or bad. II Corinthians 4:10
As Christians, God has things for us to accomplish for His glory. Are we using our time, talent and gifts wisely to accomplish those things? Or are we telling God why we can’t, as if God is not bigger than our insecurities, our inabilities and challenges. God created each of us just the way we are and He says, now therefore go! Yeah, you heard it right; we have no excuses, so now therefore go! So now therefore go!