Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SERMON: Do you believe?

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 5/2/2014

Jesus heals a man born blind, as detailed in John 9.

The disciples ask Jesus, “Rabbi who sinned this man or his parents that he was born blind?” Many Jews believed that every physical misfortune was God’s punishment for some specific sin. Jesus dismisses this as an improper explanation of what occurred. Jesus’ answer to their question was that the man was born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Jesus heals a man born blind, as detailed in John 9.

The disciples ask Jesus, “Rabbi who sinned this man or his parents that he was born blind?” Many Jews believed that every physical misfortune was God’s punishment for some specific sin. Jesus dismisses this as an improper explanation of what occurred. Jesus’ answer to their question was that the man was born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Jesus spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. He put the mud on the man’s eyes and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. So the man did as he was told and came back with sight. This creates a stir among the neighbors who knew the man. Some of them were convinced he was indeed the beggar who was blind. Others thought it was someone who looked just like him.

The beggar kept saying “I am the man.” They then questioned him about how his eyes were opened and he related how Jesus had made mud and applied it to his eyes. They ask him where Jesus had gone, but the man didn’t know.

They then took him to the Pharisees, the governing body. They were angry because Jesus had healed the man on the Sabbath. When they questioned him, he told the Pharisees his story. He told them Jesus was a prophet.

The Jews called for the man’s parents because they did not believe he was born blind. Out of fear, his parents confirmed he was born blind, but said they didn’t know how he had received his sight. The Jews called the man a second time and mandated he give the glory to God for his new vision. They then accused Jesus of being a sinner.

“Whether he is a sinner I do not know,” the man told them. “One thing I do know, that though I was blind now I see.”

The Jews cast the man out after he continued, saying, “We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.”

When Jesus heard the Jews had cast him out, He went and found the man, asking him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

The man answered, “And who is he, sir, so I may believe in him?”

Jesus said, “You have seen Him and it is He who is speaking to you.”

The man said, “Lord I believe.”

The progression of this man’s faith started with him saying a man gave me sight. As his spiritual eyes were opened, he then referred to Jesus as a prophet, and then as Messiah.

I don’t know where you are in your faith journey, but at some point you will have to answer the same question.

“Do you believe?”

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