Sermon/Study Guide: The Jesus I Follow
Author: Steve Hixon
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WWalking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”|
Jesus said, “You're asking the wrong question. You're looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world's Light.”
He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man's eyes, and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam”. The man went and washed—and saw.
Do you think that any of the people who were healed ever got sick again? If so, then what was the point of the healing?
Sometime ago I had to visit a friend who was psychologically unbalanced. I talked to the psychiatrist. I said: “I suppose that when he comes out of this hospital he will be quite cured, repressions, inhibitions, complexes gone, a new man.” The psychiatrist looked at me thoughtfully. “So,” he said, “you are another man who believes in psychiatrists?”|
I said that I had been led so to believe. “Let me tell you something,” said the psychiatrist. “We can only strip a man naked until we see him as he is; and if, when we have done that, he is bad stuff, we canít do a thing about it. Thatís where you come in.”
So even the doctor saw in Christ the healer whose power can operate when the power of men is baffled, for Christ can not only cure, he can recreate.
- William Barclay
|The man born blindóJohn 9|
Briefly describe each of the following “close encounters” and note the growing sense of tension.
(8-12) Encounter #1: the neighbors
What is odd about this exchange?
(13-17) Encounter #2: the Pharisees
What do the religious leaders seem concerned about?
(18-23) Encounter #3: the parents
How do the parents disappoint us?
(24-34) Encounter #4: the Pharisees... again
In what way does the man become bold?
(35-38) Encounter #5: Jesus
Who initiates this meeting?
(39-41) Encounter #6: the Pharisees... AGAIN!
What does Jesus mean by his concluding statement?
1. How would you say that Jesus has healed you? Think of some ways in which your life is healthier than when you first met Christ.
2. Is there some area of your life that still needs healing? Have you talked to God about this? Are you willing to undergo whatever surgery may be necessary for Him to heal you?