Obedience–Part 1

The message was brought by Rev. Tim Surber.

John 9: 1And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.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,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.The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 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.

The purpose of the book of John is to declare Jesus Christ.  It’s one of the greatest books we can read, especially for new converts. Many times Jesus passes by and we don’t take the time to invite him in.  If there are things we don’t want the Lord to be involved in, then those things are not good for us.  We don’t want Jesus to pass by; we want him to abide with us.

This day a blind man was in the crowd.  He knew of God even though he had never seen him.  Jesus was on a mission to do God’s work with the ultimate goal of Calvary to give salvation to us all.  Sometimes we ask why things happen to us or others.  This man was born blind for a purpose.  All physical ailments are the result of the sin of Adam and Eve.  One day we’ll have a perfect body.  The disciples didn’t understand and ask if this man’s blindness was the result of his sin or that of his parents’.  Be careful of pointing to others and saying that trouble came because there is sin in their lives.  That is not always the case.  In this man’s life it was to give glory to God and was not because of sin.

In verse 4 Jesus said I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.  This should speak to us.  Jesus has not come back yet.  There is still work to do for God.  It’s still the year of the Lord.  His light still shines through his people.

Jesus spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.). Jesus was looking for obedience to his Word.  The man did as he was told and washed, and came seeing.  Many times we fail to do as God directs and God doesn’t work.  This man knew there was power in the hands of Jesus and the words he spoke.  God has so much in store for us.  One day we’ll see it all.  When he speaks to our heart and mind to do something, we should do it.  Listen to his voice.  Sometimes we get too busy and don’t listen to his response to our prayer.  God wants us to tell him our needs and desires.  He knows them already, but it is his wish that we come to him with them.  He wants to hear from us.  He wants to hear our praise as well, but we need to sit so he can speak to us.  It’s not a one-way street.

This man washed, and he was able to see.  I’m sure he was amazed by all he saw.  The people saw him and said is not this he that sat and begged?  Others said he is like him.  The man responded by letting them know that indeed it was him.  I want people to see Jesus in my life.  They should see something different in us.  They asked him what happened.  He told them about a man called Jesus.

Praise God for the man called Jesus!  He knows what it’s like when we go through times of devastation.  God loved us enough to send his Son.  By confessing our sin to him, he forgives us.  Let God clean you up.  How much better our lives would be if we followed God in obedience.

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