TEXT: John 9:8-12
8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
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 126.
Adrian Rogers said, “The same Jesus Who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.”
We pick up this passage in the aftermath of Jesus’ miraculous healing of the man born blind. As you know, Jesus told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam in order to be healed. Well, he was blind when he went there, and as he washed the clay off his face, he found that he could see. You can imagine that, for him, it was like being born again. He had never seen before, but now he can see. It was a transformative event in his life. Naturally, he starts on his way home to go and tell his family about the amazing thing that Jesus did for him.
Now, the text introduces us to “the neighbors.” “The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?” You and I can identify with the neighbors. Early that morning, they saw this man with his back bent, his head down, shuffling along with his left arm out to make sure he doesn’t bump into anything, tapping a cane in front of him to make sure he doesn’t stumble or fall on his way to the busy streets of the city so he could sit and beg. They knew this man’s parents, and felt a little tinge of sympathy every time they saw the blind man.
Now, however, they see a man walking confidently, with his back straight, his head up, without his cane, and with his arms swinging at his sides. They are shocked and amazed. Can it be the same man? It is too hard to believe. The neighbors start staring, pointing, and talking. The Bible says, “Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him.” They call him over as they voice their doubts. And, the Bible says, “He said, I am he.”
Next, they want to know how, all of a sudden, he can see. They ask, “How were thine eyes opened?” The man responds, “A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.”
The man, of course, was blind when he met Jesus, so he doesn’t know what Jesus looks like. However, he has no doubts about what Jesus did for him. He is bold in his answers to their questions. This man’s transformation is a picture of the transformation that the Gospel brings in people’s lives. No one who has grown used to living one way can come in contact with Jesus and go on living the same way as before. When Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he was transformed from a bloodthirsty hater of Christians to the most influential Christian evangelist of all time.
You might be one of those people who say, ‘I’ll never change. There’s no hope for me.’ You may have tried rehab. You may have tried counseling. You may have tried pills. You may have tried self-help books and personal empowerment seminars. You might say, ‘I’ve tried everything.’ But, until you’ve tried Jesus, you haven’t.
Your problem is most likely not physical blindness. But a problem we all share is spiritual blindness and spiritual death. That is what Jesus came to cure. But you must come to Him and obey the Gospel by believing in Him in order to be healed. I guarantee you, like the blind man in our passage, your life will never be the same. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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.