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The Blind See

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Sermon shared by C. Philip Green

October 2009
Summary: If you want to gain true wisdom in the midst of your pain, donít be like those who WONíT SEE, and donít be like those who CANíT SEE. Instead, be like those who DO SEE, because they let Jesus touch them not just once, but as many times as it takes.
Series: Mark
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
A businessman was late for an important meeting and couldnít find a parking space. As he frantically circled the block, the man got so desperate that he decided to pray.

Looking up toward heaven, he said, ďLord, take pity on me. If you find me a parking space, Iíll go to church every Sunday for the rest of my life, and not only that, Iíll give up drinking.Ē

Miraculously, a parking space appeared.

The guy looked up again and said, ďNever mind. I found one.Ē (Submitted by John Beukema, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; www.PreachingToday.com)

There are some people in this world who cannot see for looking. The evidence could be as clear as the nose on their face, but they cannot see it, because they simply refuse to see it.

It reminds me of an old Persian proverb which says: He who knows not, and knows NOT that he knows not, is a fool; shun him. He who knows not, and KNOWS that he knows not, is a child; teach him. He who knows, and knows NOT that he knows, is asleep; wake him. & He who knows, and KNOWS that he knows, is wise; follow him.

The question is: How can we get to the point where we become truly wise? How can we get to the point where know that we know that we know?

Well, if you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn with me to Mark 8, Mark 8, where Jesus is working to bring His disciples to that point.

Mark 8:11-13 The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, ďWhy does this generation ask for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to it.Ē Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side. (NIV)

The Pharisees were those who knew not, but knew not that they knew not. Oh, they thought they knew. They thought they had all the answers, and they wanted to put Jesus to the test. But even if Jesus passed their test with flying colors, they wouldnít believe it. Even if Jesus gave them sign after sign after sign to prove to them that He is Lord, they still wouldnít be able to see Him for who He was, because they didnít want to.

The fact is Jesus had already given them sign after sign after sign. In Mark 1, in one of their synagogues, He cast out a demon. In Mark 2, in their very presence, He healed a paralyzed man. In Mark 3, in another one of their synagogues, He healed a man with a withered hand. In Mark 5, He raised a little girl from the dead. In Mark 6, He fed 5,000 men plus their wives and children with just 5 rolls and two fish. In Mark 7, Jesus heads to Gentile territory and does a few more miracles, but now, in Mark 8, when Jesus gets back to Israel, the Pharisees ask for a sign.

What do the Pharisees need a sign for? Jesus had performed many miracles in their presence so far, but they refuse to see it. Itís not that they canít see it; they wonít see it. They simply refuse to recognize Jesus for who He is, because they donít want to.

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