Summary: A sermon examining the simplicity of evangelism.
One Thing I Know
Sometimes it seems the more I study God's Word, the more I realize how little I really know. We are able to understand many things about God, we are privileged to know Him on a personal level, but in this life we will never be able to fully comprehend all His whole being.
Listen to what the Lord says in Isaiah 55:8-9 "my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
An old hymn says:
(There are) Things I cannot understand,
Things I cannot comprehend
But this one thing I know:
I know He opened up my blinded eyes one day
I know His precious blood washed all my sins away
I know His peace, sweet peace, has filled my troubled soul
Yes, this one thing I know.
In John 9 some Pharisees questioned a blind man that had been healed by Jesus, in verse 24 they accused Jesus of being a sinner, the blind man responded in verse 25 by saying "Whether He is a sinner or not, I don't know, but one thing I do know, I was blind but now I see."
There is a lesson for us to learn from the testimony of this formerly blind man. You may not be a scholar or a theologian... you may not know all there is to know about Jesus, but if you have met the Savior, you can tell others about the change He has wrought in your life!
- I want to listen this man's testimony and preach on the thought "One Thing I Know".
As Jesus walked through the area He noticed a man who was born blind. His Disciples began to question Him as to why this man was blind. They wanted to know if it was because of his sins, or the sins of his parents. v3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Jesus then spit on the ground to make some mud and then He put it on the man's eyes. He then instructed the man to "go and wash in the pool of Siloam". The blind man obeyed and received a great miracle! Though he had been born without sight, now he could see for the first time in his life.
It didn't take long for the townspeople to notice that a miracle had occurred. Many couldn't even believe he was the same man, needless to say their curiosity was aroused and they asked him what happened. In v11 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.
When the Pharisees learned about the miracle they were furious. Notice - v16 This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. 17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
Some of the Jews did not believe that he had been blind, and received his sight, so they called his parents. His parents testified that he indeed was their son and he had been born blind. Again the Pharisees called in the man who had been blind, they accused Jesus of being a sinner and in his response the man said “I don’t know whether he is a sinner or not, but I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”
There will be times when people ask you certain questions about Jesus. There will be times when you just do not know the answer. But we who have been saved can testify just like this man did. We can be honest and say I don't have all the answers but I know this: I was once lost but now I am found, I was spiritually blind but now I see, I was dead in trespasses and sins, but now I am alive in Christ Jesus! "
- I find that I have some similarities with this man who was born blind. The first thing is this:
I. THERE ARE SOME THINGS I DO NOT KNOW
There are times when someone asks me a question and I just don't know the answer. Many times I will have to go and do some searching and studying and get back with them at a later time. There have been several occasions where there was not answer to be found.