Jesus’ Healing Power: Embracing Inclusion and Overcoming Stigma

By Rev G Gwasira, Anglican Church Chipadze

Scripture: John 9 vs 1 – 12

Jesu vanoporesa munhu akazvarwa ari bofu.  The English version reads: Jesus heals a man born blind.

The biblical story of Jesus healing a man born blind carries profound lessons about stigmatization and the need for inclusivity. This article explores the societal challenges faced by the blind man, the misconceptions surrounding disability, and Jesus’ transformative act of compassion.

The man in question had been blind since childhood, enduring years of societal stigmatization. Even the Church and his own family faced the consequences of this stigma, leading to isolation and hostility. Disability was mistakenly associated with divine punishment, perpetuating a culture of cursing and generational blame.

During that time, disability was wrongly understood as a consequence of sin. Both Jesus’ disciples and society at large believed that the blind man or his parents must have sinned to warrant such a condition. This prevailing belief further deepened the stigma associated with disability, even within religious circles.

While the society saw a curse, Jesus saw an opportunity for God’s glory to be manifested through healing. He recognized the potential in the man born blind, contrasting the prevailing narratives of generational curses. Jesus’ compassionate response challenged the societal norms and demonstrated the power of inclusion.

This story invites us to consider the two types of disability—those born with a disability and those who acquire it through accidents or other circumstances. It emphasizes that every person has the potential to experience disability at some point in their lives. Therefore, stigmatizing individuals based on their disability is unjust and unfounded.

As brothers and sisters, we are called to embrace one another, regardless of our conditions. All humans are created in the image of God, and He loves us all equally. Jesus’ act of healing and transformation exemplifies the potential within each person, urging us to view disability not as inability but as a unique aspect of diverse human experiences.

In conclusion, the story of Jesus healing the man born blind teaches us valuable lessons about the importance of inclusivity and the detrimental effects of stigmatization. It challenges us to create inclusive spaces within our Churches and institutions, where all individuals are accommodated and embraced. Let us remember that disability does not equate to inability, and that by fostering love and understanding, we can build a more compassionate and inclusive society.

Blessings to you all! 

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