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Summary: Purpose: We humans always look for a cause-and-effect. No surprise, because we are taught the "scientific method" in all of our schooling. But with God and His ways, things are different. The Lord arranges events that He might be glorified.

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"Stop Playing the Blame Game"

Author: Dr. Neal Gray

Passage: John 9:1-5

Purpose: We humans always look for a cause-and-effect. No surprise, because we are taught the "scientific method" in all of our schooling. But with God and His ways, things are different. The Lord arranges events that He might be glorified. The question is: will you glorify God in the events of your life?

INTRODUCTION

Opening

I didn’t know this about people when I surrendered to the pastoral ministry, but I certainly soon found out: even Christian people have some unhealthy ideas about life! Oh, yes.

Oh, no, though. What misconceptions I had as a church-goer. I thought that everyone at church was full of knowledge about God, Christ, and the Bible; they were emotionally happy and stable; and spiritually, that they were all devoted "to the max" to Jesus’ mission. Further, I thought that I was the only one who didn’t quite fit. I was a new Christian and they were mature Christians. I was growing, but they had grown up. Only I had flaws.

Of course, the fact is that we all have all sorts of wrong ideas about life. Jesus knows this. And Jesus wants to help. Let’s let Him help us today.

Scripture

Our Scripture is John 9:1-5.

WRONG IDEA ABOUT WHO JESUS IS

Introduction

Remember the setting of this story. The JEWS

HAD THE WRONG IDEA ABOUT WHO JESUS IS. And

they had just heard Jesus say two statements

that made them really angry. Let’s see.

I Can Keep You From Death

Jesus had told the Jews in the temple:

Truly, truly, I say to you, if

anyone keeps My word he shall

never see death. (John 8:51)

To this statement, they accused Jesus of

being possessed by a demon. What a horrible

misconception!

The Man of Truth was speaking to them,

and they could not rightly hear. They could

not understand that the Messiah would

ultimately keep them from the death of

eternal separation from God.

Hey, even you and I understand this

concept. Don’t we? Amen! But the religious

men of Jesus’ day had the wrong idea.

I Have Eternally Existed

The other statement was this:

Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly,

I say to you, before Abraham was

born, I am." (John 8:58)

With this statement, the Jews "picked up

stones to throw at Him." For Jesus to say,

"I AM," reminded the Jews of God’s statement

to Moses:

And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I

AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall

say to the sons of Israel, ’I AM

has sent me to you.’" (Exodus

3:14)

So Jesus was equating Himself with God.

You and I would say, "Uh, yeah. That’s

right. Jesus is Lord!" But those religious

men had it wrong.

WRONG IDEA ABOUT SIN AND SUFFERING

Introduction

So, religious persons have gotten it wrong,

or at least have not understood, for a very

long time.

Seeing that they were about to hurt Him

with stones, Jesus went out of the temple. I

guess I would leave, too, if folks started

throwing rocks!

Possible Reasons for His Blindness

Outside of the temple, Jesus and His

disciples came upon a blind man. This man

had never had sight; blind from birth. For

the disciples--who were trying to be

theologians, who were trying to establish a


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