Summary: We must be open to see Jesus when He comes to us.
Sunday Night: Jesus Will Find You
Text: John 9.1-41
CT: We must be open to see Jesus when He comes to us.
Our story comes from John 9.1-41.
There was a man who had been thrown out of his place of worship standing like a man who was lost and had no where to go. He was lost and did not know where to turn because he had just been given a great gift and didn’t know what to do with it. He sure hadn’t counted on being in the position he was when he got up this morning. He headed out to sit out on the street where people would pass and hopefully he would beg enough to eat something later.
But that had all been blown away when this fellow, he had never met came by and basically spit in his face.
No not in a bad way, but to bring his sight back to him. You see this man had been blind since birth and now he could see because this fellow had decided to reveal he was the light of the world by bringing the sight to a blind man.
So much had just happened to him. Now here he was with this fellow he did not recognize. The fellow said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man”.
Before he answered he thought back on all that happened to him today.
He remembered sitting there listening to some men talking about him. Was it him who sinned or was it his parents.
The man who seemed to in charge said, “Neither this man or his parents sinned”
“but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
(The man thought back about how everyone had reacted to seeing him and to the fact he was seeing “them”).
8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
12 “Where is this man?” they asked him.
“I don’t know,” he said.
(Then the man, who had been blind thought of how he had been treated by the Pharisees. They were not too thrilled by the fact he could see. They were more worried about the fellow named Jesus who had caused him to supposedly be able to see. They were not so sure this was true).
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath.
15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.
17Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”
The man replied, “He is a prophet.
(The former blind man did not think much of their questioning. The Pharisees did not much believe him so they called in his parents.)
19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”
20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”