We are continuing with our series this Sunday entitled “I'm a Believer” from the book of John. This Sunday we're moving on to John chapter 9.
Chapter 9 contains the story of the man who was born blind and in that scenario the disciples make a bad assumption. They assumed that his condition of blindness is associated with his personal sin. Jesus tells them no; it's not because of sin, it’s because God in His foreknowledge knew that this day would happen. He would be at the pool, and Jesus would pass by and heal him of his blindness and God would receive the glory. We go through life’s trials; sometimes we don't know why, but God has an intention in mind and if we stay true to His will and His ways, then we become a trophy to God's glory and grace.
John 9: 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
And so, this blind man was to become a trophy of God's glory, something that the world could see and be aware that Jesus had given him sight. It's interesting that just a moment before Jesus opens the eyes of the blind man so that he could see the light of day for the very first time, that He identifies Himself: ” I am the Light of the world”. Then, Jesus uses a method to heal that is unorthodox to say the least. The Bible says that He spit and made clay and anointed his eyes. Why did He do so?
First, it speaks to the creativity of Jesus…man was formed of the dust of the ground when God breathed into him and he became a living being. Here, Jesus creates a miracle through the use of clay and spit.
Secondly, this act demands obedience. … is a test for the blind man as to whether he will believe in the words of Jesus. Thirdly, this act is a stumbling block to the religious people; they see this as offensive; it catches them off guard and trips them up. But the blind man took Jesus at His word, he believed and obeyed and later that day, he saw the “Light of the World”- Jesus…face to face.
John 9:35 Jesus…. said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” 36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” 37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.
To those who walk in darkness today…. people who have never seen spiritually before; He says to you: “I am the Light of the world.” And if you will believe and act in obedience, you too will become a trophy of Christ’s grace and glory.
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