March 20, 2022 9AM Service(Audio/Video)
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Delivered By
Pastor Lynn Spoon
Delivered On
March 20, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Central Passage
John 9
Subject
How to Have Spiritual Sight
Description

Today we’ll identify some things that blind us spiritually. And see the things that enable us to see spiritually.

 

“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” vs.1-2

 

  1. things that blind us spiritually. 1. Either / Or thinking.

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned, “said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” v.3

 

We think it has to be one or the other. In order to see spiritually.

  1. I need to look for God’s Option.

 

“As long as it’s day we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” vs. 4-5

 

Jesus is the only one who can bring real light to our lives.

 

“Having said this, Jesus’ spit on the ground and He made some mud with His saliva, and He put it on the man’s eyes. ‘Go,’ He told him. ‘Wash in the pool of Siloam.’ This word means Sent. So, the man went, and he washed, and he came home seeing.” vs. 6-7

 

When Jesus heals this man physically, He also helps us to see spiritually.

  1. I need to Obey Jesus in the Ordinary things of life.

 

Three things happen to him on this spiritual journey

He's going to follow a Command of Jesus Christ. going to meet a Challenge from his friends and family and the Pharisees. going to answer a question and Commit to Jesus.

 

We need to be careful not to confuse the methods with the miracles. Also don’t confuse your participation with God’s power.

 

“His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man”. “How then were your eyes opened?” they demanded. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So, I went and washed, and then I could see.” “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said.” vs. 8-12

 

Another thing that blinds us spiritually. 2. Doubt

 

Don’t allow your past to blind you to the possibilities of what God can do in your life now and in the future!

 

  1. I can Overcome those doubts by waiting and listening for the answer.

 

Another thing that keeps you and I from seeing spiritually is. 3. Man-Made Rules.

“They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. Now the day on which Jesus had made mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. Therefore, the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others asked, “How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?” So, they were divided. Finally, they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” The man replied, “He is a prophet.” vs. 13-17

 

D. I need to admit when I am Wrong

Isn’t it amazing in our own lives what we will live with, what we will endure, just to avoid saying I was wrong.

 

One of the most common things that blind us spiritually. 4. Fear.

“The Jews still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?” “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” vs.18-23

 

There are legitimate things to be afraid of in this world today. How do we face those fears and not become spiritually blind?

 

  1. I need to be willing to Surrender everything to Jesus.

 

If I’m willing to lose it all for Christ, I don’t have to be afraid because no one can take anything from me that’s of any real value.

 

“…Give glory to God,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”“Whether He is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” v. 24-25

 

Such a Simple and clear answer!

 

“Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?” Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” and they threw him out. vs. 26-34

 

Unless you see spiritually there’s a blindness that’s far greater than physical blindness.

 

“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees, who were with him, heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” vs. 35-41

 

The healed man slowly, gradually obtained his spiritual sight!

 

There’s two parts to this Trust.

There’s an Initial Enlightenment then there’s a Complete Commitment.

 

Today Jesus is asking you this question; “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” You may need to answer that question before it’s too late.

 
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