Why is There Suffering in the World? Jesus Provides an Answer, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 125)

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TEXT: John 9:1-7

1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 125.

Albert Barnes said, “Christianity may produce agitation, anger, tumult as at Ephesus; but the diffusion of the pure gospel of Christ, and the establishment of the institutions of honesty and virtue, at whatever cost, is a blessing to mankind.”

After Jesus refutes the disciples’ questioning over the reason why the blind man was in his condition, He begins the process of healing the blind man. The Bible says, “When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.”

Now, spitting on the ground to make mud, and putting the mud on the man’s eyes is not a very attractive way to heal blindness. Most of us would balk if someone tried to put their spit and/or dirt on our faces. (Fortunately, the blind man didn’t know what hit him.) However, what seems strange to us, was not so strange to the people of Jesus’ day. Scholars tell us that many people of that time believed that spittle had some curative properties. According to one tradition, the saliva of a fasting person was said to heal certain eye disorders.

We don’t know why Jesus used this method. Obviously, the healing was in neither the saliva nor the mud, as Jesus normally spoke the word or touched the sick person in order to manifest healing. Scholars believe that Jesus sometimes changed His methods so that people could not reduce His healing to a formula. Jesus wanted people to know that the healing occurred because of the power of God, not because of a certain method.

Warren Wiersbe said, “Our Lord’s method of healing was unique: He put clay on the man’s eyes and told him to go wash. Once Jesus healed two blind men by merely touching their eyes, and He healed another blind man by putting spittle on his eye. Though the healing power was the same, our Lord varied His methods lest people focus on the manner of healing and miss the message in the healing. There were at least two reasons for our Lord’s use of the clay. For one thing, it was a picture of the Incarnation. God made the first man out of the dust, and God sent His Son as a real Man. Note the emphasis on the meaning of ‘Siloam’ — ‘sent.’ And relate this to John 9:4, ‘The works of Him that sent Me.’ Jesus gave a little illustration of His own coming to earth, sent by the Father. The second reason for the clay was irritation; it encouraged the man to believe and obey! If you have ever had an irritation in your eyes, you know how quickly you seek irrigation to cleanse it out! You might compare this ‘irritation’ to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit as He uses God’s Law to bring the lost sinner under judgment.”

After anointing the man’s eyes with the mud, Jesus tells him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” The man obediently goes to the pool, washes, and returns seeing. This took faith. This man could have objected on reason of his blindness. He could have said he didn’t have anyone to help him (like the man at the Pool of Bethesda). He could have been upset because Jesus had slapped mud on his face without warning. He probably had heard of how Jesus had healed others in ways that did not involve bathing in a pool and could have asked, ‘What difference would it make?’ If the blind man had done any of that, he would have continued on in his suffering. But this man obeyed and received his sight.

Much of Jesus’ ministry was made up (metaphorically speaking) of mud being slapped in people’s faces. Even as He did many things that people liked and agreed with, Jesus said and did many things that people did not like and found offensive. He called the religious leaders on their hypocrisy and self-righteousness. He criticized the present religious establishment, turning over tables and throwing out merchandise in the Temple. He preached of Hell and the judgment to come. He told people to repent of their sins and change their lifestyles. He declared that He alone was the Way, the Truth, and the Life — all other ways were false and misleading.

Many today do not like the Gospel. They don’t like being called sinners. They don’t like being told that Jesus is the only way to God and Heaven. This is mud in their faces. Or, in Biblical terms, it is a stumblingblock and foolishness. First Corinthians 1 declares, “We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness…” That is how many see the Gospel, and so they don’t obey it. They don’t believe in Jesus Christ, and continue on through their suffering in this life to a greater suffering in Hell.

But, I challenge you today to accept this mud, this stumblingblock, this foolishness. Obey the Gospel, believe on Christ, and, like the blind man, the mud will give way to sight, the stumblingblock will give way to salvation, and the foolishness will give way to everlasting union with the Heavenly Father. The rest of the passage in First Corinthians reads, “But unto them which are called,” that which is a stumblingblock and foolishness becomes “Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”

Don’t let the offensiveness of the Gospel keep you back from the blessings that God wants to give you through Jesus Christ. Allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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