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Summary: God will use the times of trial in our lives for the victory he gives freely.

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“The Blindness is an opportunity”

“God will use the times of trial in our lives for the victory he gives freely.”

Sunday Morning Sermon

John 9:1-34

11.11.07

Intro: (Advance)

For the most part we don’t know what suffering is. The other day I couldn’t find the remote – I looked everywhere! I was in the car with Rob and he stops at a McDonald’s for a drink – the lady hands him a cup ½ full of drink with no ice. I’ve spent hours and hours in line at Wal-Mart – time I can never get back, but it’s not suffering. Funny story – I was in line the other day and I knew it was going to take awhile so I called my dad. I’m on the cell phone and this man in line with me, just keeps talking to me – I let my dad go, because that’s easier to do. This man is a truck driver and had opinions about everything. We made small talk, and he asked me what I did for a living – I said, I’m a preacher – he looks at me and walks away. Understand I’m not dressed like I am this morning – I had sweats and a t-shirt on. He takes one look at me and walks off – I was thinking, “If that would have shut him up, I would have volunteered the information a long time ago.” Church that’s still not suffering! I know we probably all have stories of cold meals, times when we’ve been over charged or had bad customer service. I don’t mean to make light of loss or real suffering, because I know that’s very real too. This morning if you are going through a situation or a problem and there seems no way out – I encourage you to listen to what God has to say this morning. More than ½ filled cups at McDonalds or losing the remote – there is real suffering.

Discussion:

This morning we are going to look at a story in John’s gospel. I believe this man was suffering. More than just suffering – he was surrounded by a huge wall, put into every brick of this huge wall was a lack of hope. Take away hope – and you will crush a person’s spirit. I believe this man was inflicted with something – that no one had a cure for – and people just got used to seeing him. He was common in their lives.

Turn with me to John 9:1-41 (read) (Advance)

I was told one time that the gospel of John is written in a circular fashion. On the outside of this circle you have the story, but when you get to the heart of the story – the inside of the circle – you have the meaning. It’s the meaning that will help us understand the story better.

I see 7 “scenes” – John tells this story like he’s holding a video camera, and they are shooting film. We’ll unpack the story – and get to the meaning.

(Advance) Jesus told Andrew and his companion 1:39 “Come and see” – (Advance) In 1:46 he says the same thing to Philip and Nathanael – If you remember the response of the Samaritan woman – she told her neighbors the same thing (4:29). There is a theme that makes its way through the John’s gospel – involving both sight and belief. Our text this morning really continues that theme. (Advance)

I. Scene # 1 – Jesus heals the man born blind (1-7)

The disciples ask Jesus – whose sin caused this man to be born blind? There was an understanding that God caused suffering because of sin. If the young man was born out of wed-lock – it’s his parents’ sin. If he did something – it was his sin. Jesus doesn’t answer this – but understand something.


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