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Summary: The light is being dimmed in this world by evil. The light in this world is being dimmed by nonbelief. The light in this world is being dimmed because of freedom of religion but, Jesus is not a religion....He is the light of the world...

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John 9.....11/2013

A pro golfer on tour some years ago was as immature as a six-year-old. He could do nothing wrong to hear him tell it and always had an excuse for any loss: after playing one day...it was a lousy course, the other golfers were cheating he said and the weather was terrible.

This pro golfer also like betting a few extra dollars and playing with amateurs where ever he was on tour for $50 a hole.

One day he was approached by a man wearing dark glasses and carrying a white cane who offered to play him for $100 a hole.

“Why, I can’t play you,” the professional said. “You’re blind, aint you?”

“Yes, I am,” the man said. “But that’s all right. I was a state champion before I went blind. I think I can beat you.”

Now the pro golfer hadn’t been doing well lately--he needed the money.

Anyway, blind or not the pro thought ..if the guy was crazy enough to challenge him…well, why not? “You did say $100 a hole?”

The blind man nodded....yes

“Well, all right. It’s a deal. But don’t say I didn’t warn you--you’ll lose your money. When would you like to play?”

“Any night ,” said the blind man. “Any night at all.”

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We going to look at another well-known

. story in the Bible for a few minutes...its about the blind man in John chapter 9

John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. 10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? 11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. 12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

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Jesus was teaching His disciples in the temple back in John chapter 8. The Pharisee brought a adulteress woman before Him and ask Jesus how should she be judged because under Moses law she should be stoned to death.

Without saying a word Jesus stooped down and wrote in the sand something that the Bible says in verse 9 of chapter 8...convicted by their own conscience,

Our sins convicted us by our own conscience....Under law of Moses I should have been stone to death...under Moses law you should have been stoned to death....under the law that God gave us....we all should have been put to death....but, because of Jesus we were set free.

The Pharisees being humiliated by Jesus in front of the people....He and His disciples were ran out of the temple and they tried to stone Jesus but, He had gotten away from them and as they were leaving the temple He had compassion on this blind man the Bible says.

The disciples ask Him in verse 3...who did sin ...he or his parents?.....Jesus answered and said...neither but, the works of God would be manifested in him.

The Pharisees carried a little book with them called the Midrash....it was book of laws that they had written over the years.....anything they thought was a sin was in that little book.

So asking which one sinned was a fair question in that day.

But, don’t let anyone tell you that you suffer because of your sin....and don’t think that we suffer because of our goodness. God has His own reasons for permitting sickness, disease, suffering, and trouble.

Verse 3....but that the works of God should be made manifest in him....sometimes we suffer to be a witness to others....sometimes we suffer for ourselves.....sometimes we suffer because of old age and our bodies just break down....so we don’t second guess why someone suffers.

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