Let’s begin by reading John 9:1-3, “As Jesus passed by, He saw a man who had been blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.””

Here, the Lord Jesus healed a man who was born blind.  He revealed that this man was allowed to be born this way so that the Lord could heal him and display the works of God in this miracle.  How does this glorify God?  It shows God’s POWER to heal, His COMPASSION on those in need, and His LOVE towards all.  Can you imagine the joy in this man’s family?  Can you imagine the awe everyone felt when they witnessed or heard about this incredible miracle? 

The Lord then went on to speak of His person and His work in verses 4-5, “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.”  Surely, this was done so that all would know that the miracle they had just witnessed was from the hand of God.

Let’s look at another good example.  Acts 3:1-8 tells us, “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” 

This is another man who was born with an infirmity.  He had been reduced to a life of begging to meet his needs.  It was no accident that Peter and John saw him that day.  It was the providence of God that led them there.  The words of Peter to this man are well known, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”  Though lame from birth, this man was completely and instantly cured!  This was done “in the name of Jesus Christ.”  As a result, this man began “walking, and leaping, and PRAISING GOD.”  Again, in this instance, the power, compassion, and love of God was manifest, as this man boldly praised the Lord among all the people there.

We read in verse 9, “And all the people saw him walking and praising God.”  In his praises, this man became a witness of the Lord and so had an impact on those who saw this grand miracle. 

In Luke 5:17-25, we have the account of the Lord Jesus healing a paralyzed man.  As a result of this public healing, we read in verse 26, “And they were all amazed, and THEY GLORIFIED GOD, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.” 

Sometimes, the Lord does not heal.  There are times that Lord will honor Himself through our sufferings.  After all, it is the glory of God that is most important, right?  The Apostle Paul was struck with a ‘thorn in the flesh.’  He prayed three times, asking the Lord to remove this ailment.  We read the Lord’s answer to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN AM I STRONG.”  The Lord was honored in Paul’s ailment because His strength could be seen through Paul’s infirmity.  (443.6)