Summary: The man born blind will see his life change when he encounters Jesus!
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" Have you ever thought that life had dealt you a bad hand? I mean it seems like you can never get ahead, that you have allowed your past to haunt you to this day?
" When we feel like life has somehow cheated us, it is so easy to turn away and blame God for what has happened.
" Today we are going to encounter a man of which we know little about.
" The fact is that when Jesus was with the disciples, they noticed whose sin made this person blind.
" In those days, being blind was a sentence to poverty, there was not much one could do other than to beg for what they needed to survive, or to rely on family.
" For this man, we also find from the text that he was blind from birth.
" The disciples asked Jesus the question because the thinking of the day was that people struck with such maladies as a direct result of someone's sin.
" We do not know a lot about this man other than he is blind from birth and that his parents are still living.
" In our series Spring into Life, we are looking at the lives of some of the people Jesus had some direct contact with to see how their lives were changed.
" This blind man is going to have the opportunity for a new life. The question is, will he take the offer?
" This man is going to embark on a journey of faith. He is not going to simply confess Jesus as his Lord at first sight, this man will have to embark on a journey.
" Let's walk that journey with him this morning.
" As we examine his journey we will gain a few insights as to what we can expect on our own journey of faith. The truth of the matter is that we at one point were all suffering from a spiritual blindness that only God through Jesus Christ can heal!
" Let's begin with our first observation.
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I. The progression of the journey.
" We begin with a man Jesus and the disciples see as they are passing by.
" The question as to why he was blind is posed to Jesus.
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" John 9:3-5 (CSB) - 3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," Jesus answered. "This came about so that God's works might be displayed in him. 4 We must do the works of him who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
" So, Jesus does not answer their question directly, but He says that this man's tragedy came about so that God's works MIGHT be displayed in him.
" Now we begin the journey. This exchange had to have taken place close to the blind man because Jesus then begins in verse 6 to make mix some mud and spit together and then proceeds to rub it on the eyes of the blind man.
" When we are going to tell someone about Jesus, we need to introduce them to Jesus.
" This man received a unique introduction to Jesus.
" At this point, the blind man does not know what is happening, he does not know Jesus yet.
" However, Jesus then tells this spit mud covered man to do something.
" He tells the man to go to the pool of Siloam (SI LOW UM).
" Now this man has to decide with to do. What would you do if you were him, eyes full of spit mud?