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April 19, 2021 8:00 am
Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ right up joining us today on this additional fellowship of the word pastor Bill Gebhardt Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana Pastor Bill Gebhardt now again he shows us how God's word meets our feel the warmth, sunlight never seen a sunrise or sunset to be able to smell flower did never see the colors finger touch and feel the coldness of snow but you wouldn't understand what a white blanket about would be like at all. Maybe the worst thing is, you have no idea what you're missing all have no idea. That's the background that John uses for the sixth grade signing his book that illustrates that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, and as like the others. This one will give us our revelation into the power of Jesus Christ and in a little bit more about his nature, but this one's a little different. In this way this one.
John's going to reveal something very important about you and me. He's going to reveal something about human nature. He's going to illustrate that the world is populated by people who are spiritually blind. That's what is going to say surmising in Matthew Matthew 13 says, though seeing, they do not see Paul said in second Corinthians 4 for the God of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. It's as though man needs a spiritual ophthalmologist to spiritually do to him what Jesus Christ is going to do physically to the man this morning. Open your Bibles to John nine John nine. As I've told you before John's book is not very chronological warning in chapter 9. But remember, by the time you get the chapter 13 you're already the night before the crucifixion. So that's the way John is written, the hostility against Jesus is now at an all-time high and out. The time will be. It's a time between tabernacles in the fall and the feast of dedication in the winter so he's not that far away from what we will call the Easter season or the passion week for him first 59 of chapter 8 tells you what the climates like it says therefore they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple, the hostility now is really ramped up at this particular time, and so now he's going to show us this extraordinary sign miracle that Jesus does it says as he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth know what's interesting about that is that he saw the man if you understand the culture of Israel at the time that this took place. Someone who is been born blind is a full-time baker almost always they will line themselves up on the road to go to the temple grounds. The reason is the Jews make lots and lots of travel on pilgrimages the temple so they're able to big to be able to sustain a living now. What's interesting about it is not much different than we are as people rarely does Jewish people look at the baiters they don't look at him in his case they would look at all because he's blind. Therefore, they would say he ceremonially unclean. He is an unclean person, Jesus went out of his way to actually see this man and it says as he passed by, he saw my man blind from birth and his disciples asked him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind.
That's the common view of the day if you get a poll would be 99% of all the people in Israel believe that if you're born blind.
Either you send when a parent said that's the way this works. Otherwise, this window happened. It's a view that's been around. If you remember the book of Job mean that's actually the first book written in the Bible.
Even though Genesis, the first book for the book of Job, Job's friends basically said what the Joe you did something you sent this would happen if you didn't sin so his disciples, they don't even really see the man they just want to promote a discussion here who did the sinning here now. It's interesting that verse three says Jesus was neither this man of sin, nor his parents but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him while couple observations were about the first one. How would you like to been born blind may be living, 20, 30, 40 years behind is a bigger and then find out the interregional reminders. It was a divine appointment with Jesus Christ and God was going to be glorified. Just imagine what that of been like for him is an interesting thing, though, when he said it. I am sure the response of the disciples was. I don't get it.
I don't even understand that how could I not been the case and illustrate how it still goes to relatively the modern day there was a quick lift, translators Bob and Jan are smothering and they were assigned to the Kuna people in southeast Columbia in South America. The upper Amazon is a very primitive tribe and so they went there to do their work as Wycliffe translators.
They want to translate the New Testament in the cooling and so it takes him five years and he finally translates the got the gospel John in order to help with the translation.
The chief gave his son to be the one. It helps the Wycliffe translators and so the whole tribe comes together now wants to hear the gospel, John written in their language and the sons gonna read it and so he begins in 91. Just what I read and his son reads about the encounter with the man born blind and we got to the verse. The Jesus says this man was born blind in order that the works of God might be put on display the old chief stood to his feet, put his hands and asked his people to be quiet. Then he looked at the people and said we must stop killing our babies. We must stop killing our babies why their animist everybody form baby is taken in the jungle and a banded right after birth. That's what you did with the deformed baby soon as he heard his first ready said we have to stop this amazing response. But even as of today there are places in the world that believe you're born blind it's because of something spiritually is wrong with you now.
Christ then gives his motivation. He said we must work the works of him who sent me. As long as it is day night is coming when no one can work.
And while I'm in the world on the light of the world interesting motivation of Jesus noticed the pronoun we we know whose we now in some ways you could say it's all of us or to you and me to we must do the work and there's a little bit of an application, but when you read John more carefully, especially in John five Jesus talks about he and the father always working, and I think the Wii is the son and the father working and he says we he said must do the works of him who sent me. As long as it is day because nights coming shortly friend what you mean by night and be crucified, sheets cannot be over. From that point of view.
Then he describes a new set on the light of the world.
He said that's my job here so applies to us in that way doesn't. How long should you do the work of God, as long as you would guarantee that you have that nice always offer you nine so the whole idea is to be in the present. We gotta do this work. Right now I gotta bring light into the world. Why because the world is dark. That's why Jesus is your the light of the world. See that's the whole point. Or I could say it differently. I came here that I can bring spiritual site to the world why the world's blind the world can see it at all. So after he says that he says something that frankly I wish that a lot of hours this week reading about because any get anywhere it says when he had said this, he spat on the grinding made clay of the spittle and he applied the clay to the eyes. So the question is why did he do that now after reading as much material as I could find I can categorically tell you I have no idea. Okay, absolutely none. I mean, I'm all kinds of theories, some of them said when the Jews believed in the healing power of saliva. So that's why you some saliva there. I don't really think that would be pertinent one commentator said it was the make the man even more blind. If you're born blind.
You can become more blind. Another was the illustrate all of us aware of the earth, and so use of the earth why you did it. I don't know. I'm sure if you ask me never know tell you, you know exactly why he did it but I been why he did it was the test, the man that's exactly what I believe happened he's testing the man so it said and he said to him, go wash in the porcine room which is translated, sent. That's why no think you're the man you'd never seen anything you hear a voice. The voice it comes that you and notice what he says to them. In it he just says it went. Said this, he spat on the ground.
Man's right there and takes it in the sky starts touching your face in your eyes. Then he says to you, going wash in a poor silo while that no remember he's blind. It's about 1/4 of a mile for him to get to the poor silo.
There are five human stone steps on three different levels of you has to navigate down.
He's blind see Jesus testing is meant we listen to what I'm telling you do that and notice what ends up happening here it says so he went away and washed and came back seeing. While she why the poor silo will it's interesting, John gives you a clue.
There is translated. What sent seek outside the city wall is a gigantic pool beyond that pool was word gruesome got the water and when Hezekiah was king.
The Assyrians early taken the north and they were probably going to attack Jerusalem.
So he said the Assyrians will take over the pool and will drive first.
So what I want to do is I'm going to build a tunnel under the wall into the lower end of that great pool. Let the water run in to this pool inside the wall protected and that pool was called sidelong means sent in other words the water.
It sent to us.
Now think of Jesus Christ for a moment, is the living water of God was he sent sees bring a life-giving water. He said you gotta go to sign on this pool that was sent as kind of an amazing thing when you think about it and then it says disassembly is a good came back seeing.
You might not realize it, but that's a greater miracle and you can imagine. First of all let me give you some facts. There's never recorded once in the Bible, not the Old Testament.
All persons born blind and never saw not one incidence is only one instance in the whole Testament of my men immersing in the New Testament every time sites restored. Jesus does except once some very special about this.
Imagine from his point of view. Navigate all the steps you get to the pool fill the water and you just do this and all the sudden light startup keep doing mixing you know all of a sudden you see everything the first time in your life.
Now this is what makes this a more amazing miracle than you could imagine. That should never happen is he weeping Jesus just restored his eyes gave no ice there is. That's what works. I read out of a book this week. The book is called catching the light. It's written by a quantum physicist name Arthur Sohn, Jack, and he talks about the intertwined history of light in your mind. It's a very heavy not a book you want to read for pleasure for short. But the point of it is is he goes on, and he says something here.
He says I investigated people trying to recover from being born blind and he said thanks the cornea plan transplants.
People who would been born blind.
He said suddenly have the functional use of their eyes but hardly ever do they ever see the good that they hardly ever see even of that had their eyes replaced and he says that the reason for it is is that it takes much more than having restored eyes. He said the light of day will beckon, but no light of their mind will reply to what you see.
He said that the idea he quoted Dr. Marino says the employment of this power to see which is a whole constitutes the act of seeing still has to be acquired from the beginning to give backside to someone born blind is a lot more work for an educator than it is for surgeon, the sober truth remains that vision requires more than the functioning of a physical organ without the inner light in your mind without the formative visual visual imagination, you will remain blind and otherwise your brain can't compute the signal sent there would by your eyes.
I never even knew that existed know what kind of miracle is this discussion up on throughout therapy program. This guy just simply Jesus. He all that's done instantly and it comes away seeing now.
What's the result of this is kind of an interesting thing it comes away seeing and it says therefore the neighbors who had previously saw him as a bigger were saying is not this the one who used to sit and beg when you say that, but what's the response.
Others were saying this is he still others are saying no, he just looks like a why no one born blind ever saw they don't have one story in there and all the rule history of anyone ever doing this and so there'd been neighbors that see the guy all the time are divided.
I don't think that could be him. I think it is him now. My favorite line in that verse. He kept saying over and over.
I'm the one I'm the one. How could you not you're now seeing for the first time in 20 3040 your first time and now you think everyone to be excited for you. Now they're saying I don't know that is I don't know that's him so they said to him, how then were your eyes opened.
I got his answer is very concise. He said the man was called Jesus made clay in order my eyes and said to me go to silo men wash. So I went away and washed I received my sight. That's all I know. That's what he did.
He said the war Izzy is that I don't know is he that sounds great but I went to the sea would get introduced now.
What's the reason for this miracle so blind man could see no estimate. Jesus that's not why Jesus healed this man to see in a moment why here it comes. They brought him to the Pharisees the man was formally blind. Now it was the Sabbath day that Jesus meekly and opened his eyes.
That's why he sees it's a Sabbath day. From here, one not going to see another main point of this whole miracle religion makes you spiritually blind to the light of the world religion will make you spiritually blind to the light of the world.
That's the real reason for this miracle. It's a Sabbath, by the way they had a lot of Sabbath was hundreds and hundreds forgive me.
Let me give you a couple more.
You can't give medical treatment to anybody on the Sabbath.
That's against the law sometimes is that's life-and-death. You might be able to try, but no medical treatment can be given to anybody on a Sabbath day. Secondly, on a Sabbath day, you're not allowed to take saliva out of your mouth and spread it on anything that's a violation of God's law to the Pharisees. Now you're also not allowed to cut your nails in the pool greater. If you are not allowed to do any work like that. That's breaking the Sabbath. That's what Jesus did this, he knew exactly what they thought he did for this confrontation that is having here so then the Pharisees also verse 15 were asking him how he received his sight and he said to them, okay. He applied clay to my eyes. I washed I see can I get out of here and go look at some things in a why my talking to you. I just told you what happened. Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying this man is not from God because he does not keep the Sabbath well with a mean Jesus failed the test. Jesus cannot be from God. He failed the test. He violated the Sabbath. No man from God would violate the Sabbath law that serve you.
Now remember, they distorted the Sabbath completely. Jesus already told them more than once.
I'm the Lord of the Sabbath to see but there like no you violated our law. You cannot be from God and all but others were saying how can a man who's a sinner perform such signs. There is a division among now I don't know for sure because John doesn't tell us, but I'm guessing one of the others was Nicodemus who ends up converting. But remember, Nicodemus came to Jesus and what utilities the first time they met.
No one can do what you're doing. LSU sent from God. He tells Jesus that so I'm sure Nicodemus is there sin there something else going on or something more here so there's a fight among the Pharisees.
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