Sunday, May 26, 2019
Prairie Presbyterian at University
Pastor Matt www.PrairieChurch.ca
New member testimonial Sarah
I'm from Alberta. Decided to join
Baptized twice. As a baby and as a 10 year old. Accepted Jesus. At age 16 found out about my older sister was gay. We were not allowed to speak at church and eventually got expelled. Came to Winnipeg stopped going to church and lost God.
HillSong I lost my heart changed my life
His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man or his parents?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him.
John 9:2-3 NET
That was normal thinking back then. Jacob and Esau battled in the womb. They sinned before they were born.
God's work is to be revealed through this. Day night imagery. Jesus is day. His death is night.
Jesus spit smeared mud and sent the blind man to the pool.
Siloam means sent. Wash your dirty face.
Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously as a beggar began saying, "Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?" He replied, "The man called Jesus made mud, smeared it on my eyes and told me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed, and was able to see." (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud and caused him to see was a Sabbath.) Then some of the Pharisees began to say, "This man is not from God, because he does not observe the Sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner perform such miraculous signs?" Thus there was a division among them.
John 9:8, 11-11, 14, 16 NET
He's a prophet? Old testament prophets did washing.
They asked the parents, "Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?" So his parents replied, "We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. But we do not know how he is now able to see, nor do we know who caused him to see. Ask him, he is a mature adult. He will speak for himself."
John 9:19-21 NET
You're out! was a new term for the Jews. John's community had experienced expulsion.
Then they summoned the man who used to be blind a second time and said to him, "Promise before God to tell the truth. We know that this man is a sinner." He replied, "I do not know whether he is a sinner. I do know one thing – that although I was blind, now I can see." The man replied, "This is a remarkable thing, that you don't know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is devout and does his will, God listens to him. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."
John 9:24-25, 30-31, 33 NET
He could have argued with them that Jesus was not a sinner. Sometimes arguement works but often solidifies position. Sharing the story works.
You also want to become his disciples?
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, so he found the man and said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him.
John 9:35, 38 NET
Jesus does the finding.
Jesus replied, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains."
John 9:41 NET