The disciples open this episode by asking a question. The answer Jesus gives points to the plan of Providence and the urgency of Jesus’ mission. It also has to do with us, and our loving quest to see God glorified.
Imagine if after this man died, and went to heaven, that God asked him to go back to earth, once again blind? What if God gave him a mission so that people could see a person who exalted God in spite of such circumstances?
Of course this man would agree to go on such a mission. He would know why he was sent, and know that this temporal situation was giving glory to God. We have examples: remember Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration, or what about the two witnesses sent back from heaven in the book of Revelation?
Now what if, after you died and went to heaven, God wanted to send you back on a mission? You were to go back blind, or with some other “problem”, to rejoice to His glory despite your circumstance. You would gladly do it, knowing why you were sent, the eternal reward, and where you were going to return!
In a very real way, God has done that. We are on a mission. After we have been born from above (John 3:3-8), we are spiritually seated in heaven (Ephesians 2:6). But while we remain on earth, we testify to the glory of God (Ephesians 1:11-14). Christ said that while He was in the world He was its light. He still is in this world, manifesting God’s glory, through you (Colossians 1:27). The mission is to let your light shine (Matthew 5:16 / 1 Corinthians 10:31 / Philippians 2:15).
You may be in a world of sorry circumstances, but you are always called to rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4 / 1 Thessalonians 5:16). God has a mission for you and He will see you through (Philippians 1:6 / 1 Thessalonians 5:24). We need to be humbly grateful instead of grumbly hateful. When the world sees the darkness of sin and situation, and yet the light of Christ shines through that, how great indeed is that light!