TEXT: John 9:26-34
26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.
29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
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 131.
St. Augustine said, “I never have any difficulty believing in miracles, since I experienced the miracle of a change in my own heart.”
When the blind man refuses to answer the questions of the religious leaders — and instead asks them questions of his own — the religious leaders are deeply offended. None of the common people of that day would have dared to cross blades with the religious establishment. But, as we saw yesterday, this man’s encounter with Jesus had set him free. He knew that he did not have to be afraid of the religious leaders.
The formerly blind man responds to their outrage with another statement that highlights the absurdity of their position. He says, “Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.” The man points out that, for all their supposed religious knowledge, the religious leaders can’t even work out the simple matter of whether or not a man who healed blindness is of God or of the devil.
The blind man then turns into a theologian. He explains to the religious leaders, using the principles found in the Old Testament, how it is impossible for Jesus to be anything other than a man of God. Obviously, the miraculous healing of the blind man was an act of God. There was no medical explanation for it. The man says, “Now we know that God heareth not sinners.” In the mind of the formerly blind man, the person who had healed him had to have some kind of connection with God, so he could not be a “sinner.” The Jews believed that God would not hear the prayer of a sinner, ‘period’. So, this man knew that Jesus could not be such a person, as the religious leaders were trying to make him out to be.
John MacArthur said, “Scriptures teach us that it is only those who know and love Jesus Christ who have spiritual sight. There are a lot of people in the world who are religious and think they see. The Pharisees did. They were super religious and they thought they had everything pigeonholed. They thought they could see and comprehend every spiritual truth in existence. They thought they knew everything, when, in fact, they knew nothing. They were totally blind. It’s a strange thing, but blindness is bad enough; when you add to natural born blindness the blindness of a false system of religion, then you have a double blindness and a difficulty in penetrating that double blindness. So rather than people who are in religion finding the light, they veil themselves with a double darkness that is even more difficult to break through.” That is what we see happening to the Pharisees in this text.
Now the man points out the marvellous nature of what has happened to him. He says, “Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.” Not even Moses, whom the religious leaders claimed to follow, had healed blindness. The man concludes, “If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.” This man knew nothing about Jesus beyond His name, but he knew enough to know that what Jesus had done for him was nothing short of the hand of God operating in his life.
Just as Jesus worked in the life of the blind man, He wants to work in your life as well. He wants to open your eyes to the truth of himself. He wants to give you new life just as He gave the blind man his sight.
Jesus wants to work the miracle of salvation in your life if you will let Him. If you want to experience this new life 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.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. 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.