Today’s mini-sermon is the 3rd of a 12-part series on the 9th chapter of John. It will be appearing in the Saturday, Sunday and Thursday additions of the Answers2Prayer newsletters.
“’Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.’” (John 9:3)
What a turn around for that poor blind man. From being accused of either being a vile sinner, or having horrible sinners for parents, he learns that Jesus is going to manifest a work of God through him! Wow! That is grace, my friends! No matter the situation that you are in, no matter the many accusations are heaped over your head, no matter what your sins, Jesus can turn it all around to display the work of God through you!
How did Jesus manifest the work of God through this blind man? By calling down thunder to fall on his head, or by making him disappear from the face of the world? Perhaps he would have the man thrown in prison? No way! This isn’t God’s way. That isn’t grace! Jesus was going to restore his sight. The blind man would finally be able to see! What a glorious miracle, what a wonderful way to manifest the work of God!
But that miracle is nothing with what happens next!
But wait, you say, what do you mean? Isn’t giving sight to a blind man a big miracle?”
That blind man would not only receive his sight back, but he would receive his spiritual sight as well: “Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him.” (John 9:36). The greatest miracle in this world is when salvation touches the heart of a person who doesn’t know God.
The blind man had all the reasons in the world to not trust in his God. He believed that his blindness was poured upon him from God because of his or his parents’ sin. God showed him true grace when, without a single word of rebuke, Jesus said: “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam”. It was at that moment that the blind man discovered he had been believing lies. The pastors of his day had lied to him.
What bigger miracle could there be than coming out of spiritual darkness, coming out of belief in a tyrannical God, and coming into the light to admire the face of the true, loving Jesus. What greater miracle is there than for a drunk to become reformed through the power of God’s Holy Spirit? What more powerful miracle is there than for a sexual pervert to change and begin to love only the wife of his youth through the transforming power of Jesus Christ? What greater miracle is there than for a thief to restore everything he stole fourfold and lead an honest life through the power of God?
Do you have beliefs that are scaring you away from God? Do you hear stories that make you think that God is a tyrant and does not love you? It is time, my friend, that Jesus manifest God’s power in your life. Are you ready to let Him touch you and break away the scales that hinder you from seeing God clearly? Will you let Him make a difference in your life and give you victory over your addictions, your misconceptions, over your sinful nature? Now is the time, my friend, to accept Him into your life. Will you answer His call? Please follow this link. . .Click here (http://answers2prayer.org/saviours_call.html)
Guess I can’t break out of this 1-verse-at-a-time rut!
In His love,
Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org
(To access the entire “I was Blind, but now I See” mini-series, please click here.)