Summary: God never works the same way twice. There is a lot of Scripture reading in this sermon. This was a sermon I preached as we were getting ready to move our building.
There is a lot going on in our lives right now. I am sure that our dinner table is a lot like yours and the conversation’s have been a lot alike.
What if we don’t find land?
What if we build a building and we can’t pay for it?
What if more people stop giving and we can’t afford to pay our bills?
How different is our life going to be when we start this new church?
Will we ever find Godly men who are willing to shepherd this flock?
What is going to happen to…
I would be lying if I told you that I am not the least bit concerned about how we handle the Lord’s business. In my concern I have been looking to churches that I feel are successful trying to figure out what do I as the Pulpit minister, and member of this church. What are the ministries that we need to be involved in, what are the Bible classes that are being taught that will help us Grow the most, what sermons need to be preached from this pulpit that will best fulfill the Lord’s commands of growing His kingdom. And then it hit me.
Today I want you to use your Bible and read along with me as we notice a very strange characteristic of our Lord.
The first one is found in Matthew 9:27-30:
And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, and saying, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" And after He had come into the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said^ to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said^ to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "Be it done to you according to your faith." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, "See here, let no one know about this!"
I want you to notice not so much that Jesus healed two Blind men or even the fact that he told them to keep their silence but I want you to notice HOW he did it. He reached out and touched their eyes.
Now if you would turn with me to Mark 8:22-25.
They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?" He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
Now how did Jesus heal this Blind man? Jesus didn’t just touch his eyes but he spit on the men’s eyes. Now I don’t know if he spit on His fingers and then touched the man or if he was standing 10 feet away, but notice the way in which this man was healed.
Turn to Luke 18:35- 43.
And it came about that as He was approaching Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting by the road, begging. Now hearing a multitude going by, he began to inquire what this might be. And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he called out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he had come near, He questioned him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" And he said, "Lord, I want to regain my sight!" And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he regained his sight, and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.
Once again we see Jesus healing a blind man but this time HE doesn’t touch the man or spit on the man this time he just speaks and the man has his sight.
Let’s look at one more healing of the Blind. This one is found in John 9:1-7.
And as He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him. "We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work. "While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). And so he went away and washed, and came back seeing.