TEXT: John 9:24-25
24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
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 129.
David Jeremiah said, “If we understand what lies ahead for those who do not know Christ, there will be a sense of urgency in our witness.”
After hearing the testimony of the neighbors, the testimony of the man born blind, and the testimony of the man’s parents, the Pharisees still refuse to accept that this man had been given his sight by Jesus. After hearing from his parents, they call the man back to the witness stand and say, “Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.”
Some believe The phrase, “Give God the praise,” was somewhat of a legal injunction. They were reminding the man that God knew the truth and they were charging him with not being fully honest. They were imploring him to tell the truth (that is, to agree with them that Jesus was a sinner) by reminding him that he was in God’s presence. I believe that what the Pharisees were saying to him is, “give God all of the praise for this miracle because this man is a fraud. He’s just another lying human being — a sinner. So it is impossible for him to have done it.”
The man stands by his experience stating, “Whether he be a sinner or not, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” He didn’t let the religious leaders intimidate him into changing his account of what he knew to be true. In his mind (and in the mind of any unbiased observer), his story was irrefutable. He had no reason to lie and no reason to make up a story about a man he didn’t even know.
The man was not a theologian or spiritual giant, yet he displayed more confidence in his message than some Christians who have been in the church for many years. He had a simple message: “This is what the Lord has done for me.”
As a Christian, it is easy to think that you need to get a seminary degree before you can serve God by witnessing to others. You may feel that you are inadequate to talk about your faith in a day when you may just as likely be confronted by an atheist, an agnostic, or someone else hostile to Christianity or religion in general. You might say, ‘Well, I’m no theologian.’ This man was no theologian! He simply had a story to tell. He simply told what Jesus had done for Him.
While we do not base our salvation on our experience — we base it on the word of God — our experience is a powerful and irrefutable testimony of the grace of God in the life of each person individually. If you are saved, if Jesus has done something for you, you can say, ‘I once was blind, now I see.’
If you don’t have that testimony, if you cannot honestly say that Jesus is working in your life, then I encourage you to accept Christ as your Savior today. Here is how.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.