Jesus and Karma

We’ll get straight into the scripture for the next miracle of Jesus.
“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.”
‭‭John‬ ‭9:1-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Karma.  We know what Karma is.  It’s a Sanskrit word for action and fate, action that produces fate.  But for Hinduism and Buddhism, it’s the idea of cause and effect, sowing and reaping, reward and punishment, and inevitable consequences.  So that when something bad happens, people will reason they must have done something bad previously and now it’s come home to roost.  It’s bad Karma.

Karma says Something bad has happened, someone must have sinned, somehow they must deserve it.  Because as we all know, what goes around comes around.  But Jesus says It doesn’t matter who sinned.  The way of God is grace and the work of God is mercy.   And so it seems to be Jesus vs Karma.

We will get into the healing of the man born blind soon enough, but we need to understand the scene first.  It’s quite important.   Chapter and verse division has been very important for us, it’s helps us to locate things.  But it sometimes obscures the larger picture, we get things all divided up and we forget what has just happened.  Sometimes it’s important that we hold it together.  So let’s take a look at the events of John 8 that flow into John 9, so we can more fully understand what’s happening here.
 
And if I go any further today, I won’t get this out at all, and I need to chop this down to size, so we will back up to John 8 tomorrow…

 

John Lewis
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