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December 21, 2021 7:00 am
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Greetings friend to new listeners and welcome to the sound. I'm sure not that I'm glad you joined us today for this special holiday message on Christmas versus grandpa's.
That's right. We all know about the miracle of Hanukkah in the incarnation of Christmas, but are you aware of the demonic darkness that is invading the sanctity of the gospel story mocking the birth of Messiah with evil glee. This is the pagan God cramp us and he could be coming to a town near you. Praise the Lord, you may be seated.
Emmanuelle, what is that mean God with us. You know that was a great New Testament revelation, the Old Testament saints and the prophets knew nothing of. Amen. They didn't know that he would be with us and in us. Amen in us, Christ in us the hope of glory. And when Jesus comes everything I mean everything changes. Changes for here enameling changes for all eternity.
When you receive him.
Let's begin this morning in the book of John chapter 9 the gospel of John in chapter 9 and will start with verse one and as Jesus passed by he Saul and Dan which was blind from his birth not only blind but born blind and his disciples asked him, saying master who did sin, this man or his parents that he was born blind and Jesus answered, neither has this man sin, 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 yet day.
The night comes when no man can work as long as I and in the world I am the light of the world and 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 he said on the him go wash in the pool of Siloam which is by interpretation sent HEB and the blind man went his way. Therefore, and washed and came see came seeking. So the disciples saw this blind man and they asked the question. You know whose fault is it that he was born blind, his or his parents, whose sin is the reason for this because it was the Jewish concept and may I say still is the Jewish concept that sickness comes because of a person, since that's what they believed in.
As you can see it's expressed here, amen.
But Jesus was saying, there are situations where it has nothing to do with personal sin had nothing to do with his parents personal sin or his personal sin.
Now there are times when sickness comes because of sin, but there are times when sickness comes because of sin in general because when Adam sinned, he brought a curse on mankind, and now we have millennia that have gone by, and that curses just been multiplied, as it were. And so we have diseases and things that they get worse. It seems like with every generation because the gene pool of mankind is becoming more and more corrupted and I'm talking about physical now, not sin. Amen.
Bad genes are being passed on. And you know every once in a while they manifest. But Jesus was saying no, it's not for this because of this reason, but that the glory of God the works of God may be manifest do not understand this to mean that Jesus said God made this not be born blind to that later when he could heal me get glory out of it. That is not what he saying what he's saying is in spite of the fact that this man was born blind.
God is going to use it to glorify his name. Amen.
And then he said this powerful statement in verse five.
As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world. Amen. And then, as if he was going to prove what he just said he made clay and to get them put his own spit on it and made something like a paste and put it on the guys eyes and said no you go and wash your eyes and he came back seeing so many things are happening here. First of all, Jesus was going to demonstrate on the light of the world because the light of the body is the case, he was going to bring a man you admitted darkness his entire life out of darkness into light pruning. I am the light of the world because John 15, said he is the true light that likes every man that comes into the world. So Jesus just prove what he just said on the light of the world. And then he used is to make this clay paste and it's not in your Bible, but the Jews believed that Messiah what had healing in his spit. So for all of those Jewish dissenters. They would not receive him as Messiah. He just proved one of those messianic signs and another one that they believe that Messiah would do as he would not only heal a blind person but heal somebody born blind. So Jesus just the deck against the devil.
Amen. Any data create a miracle by healing this man who was born blind and I believe a creative miracle.
I am led to think that perhaps maybe the guy didn't even have eyeballs because he went and stuck Martin. There amen showing that just like he made Adam out of the mud and the dust in the dirt he could create in this man, who was probably missing eyeballs eyeballs. Amen. Now this created a huge uproar. Well, what somebody just got an awesome get happy and rejoice and praise God. Why wasn't that kind of uproar that he created these got angry and stumbled because it was the day completely dismissing this awesome creative miracle and the joy that man must've had. Can you imagine going to dip down the water clean in the mud out and for the first time in his entire life he could see we need to understand that not only would he not had the ability to see, but he had also had the ability to see with perception because all of a sudden he'd be looking in, and he would be falling down everywhere because all of a sudden you can see, you don't understand Perception because that's something that you have. I mean, you can see before you can walk you understand what I'm saying you look around and you your brain starts developing distance and ratio it off before topper one years old and starts walking and here is a grown man walking the walk like a drunk.
It was a miraculous miracle. But what if the Pharisees do they got angry and they kept asking how did he heal you. How did he heal you and the man told him over and over again how that he laid hands on me and he put dirt in my eyes.
He told me to go wash and I came back seeing. He didn't even know at that point that was Jesus he did know who it was. He did it. Amen. And so they just kept harassing him. How did he do this and finally he said you know what all I know is I was blind but now I see. So what they did was they sent for his parents not.
He's not a child is not a teenager. This is a grown man, an adult, but they sent for his parents.
They wanted to make sure that he was actually born blind and his parents came but they were quite intimidated. They were intimidated standing before these Pharisees religious leaders and they were keeping their answers really short. They told him this much we know we know he was born blind and he's been blind. His entire life, how he sees.
Right now we don't know. You should ask him. He's of age.
He's a grown man you asking now you see will vouch for the fact he was born blind, and we can't say anything beyond that.
Amen. And so they called the blind man back again and of course he said I'll tell you this. I was blind but now I see.
And you think it's such a marvelous thing that now I can see let's drop down to verse 24 just to get the real feeling of it, then called Dave the man that was blind and set on him now. Give God the praise.
We know this man is a sinner.
Jesus was a center I mean, when the devil doesn't like you he's going to call you all kinds of names.
Amen. If they called Jesus Christ a sinner because he healed a blind man. I know we get upset when people call us names when they call us really mean names we get upset. Amen. Been too long ago someone called me a reprobate and I got upset about it but you know I'm right here they call Jesus a sinner, so I'm in good company.
Amen. They said the praise because we know this man is and he answered and said, whether he be a sinner or not. I know not one thing I do know were as I was blind, now I see then said they did him. These people will not let up. What did he do tell you how open your eyes, he answered them. I have told you already, and you did not hear wherefore what you hear it again. Will you also be his disciples. All wow then they reviled him ever been resolved and I know what it's like to be reviled. Then they reviled him and said you are his disciple, but we are Moses disciples, we know that God spoke on the Moses. But as for this fellow. This is a slur.
It's a slander it's a put down.
As for this fellow we know not, from whence he is in the blind man answered and said why herein is a marvelous thing that you know, not from whence he is and yet he opened my eyes. He's on a roll. He says now we know that God hears not sinners, but if any man be a worshiper of God and does his will him he hears all he's given it back to mom. Amen. This diet your calling this fellow. Well, this fellow was a worshiper of God, obviously. And does God's will because God heard his prayer and since the world began. Was it not heard that any man open the eyes of one that was born blind.
If this man were not of God.
He could do nothing they answered and said unto him, you were altogether born in since. And do you teach us, and they cast them out and see what I just read there. It confirms what I said earlier that they believe that the condition was from sin to their saying you were born in sin you want you when you been born blind and they threw them out.
Amen. And so I love how the blind man was so bold you think about it because they intimidated his parents and his parents what they said very little got out of there and think about how down the road.
Peter is going to deny Jesus three times around these guys. But this blind man stood up boldly. Amen. Now think about this. They had absolutely no compassion on him care about his situation. They didn't care about this man, you would been blind for his entire life.
They had no joy over his miracle in his healing.
Instead, they were infuriated the synagogue but let me tell you folks the issue did not die down. It was a huge debate and some were saying Jesus was God and he had to been others were saying he was a let's look over chapter 10.
Look at verse 19. There was a division. Therefore, among the Jews for these sayings and many of them said he has a devil and is mad why you're listening to him why you hear him other said these are not the words of him that has the devil can a devil open the eyes of the blind, and it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication and it was winter and Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch so we had this huge debate that's going on. Arguments between different people.
In the meantime they had thrown the blind man out of the temple and who knows what he was doing. He's probably going out there seeing birds and trees and flowers.
I mean he was doing a tour of Jerusalem. Amen. And so while their arguing and going back and forth. Jesus just went his way. I want you to pay attention that it says it was at Jerusalem we know was in the temple.
It was the feast of dedication and it was winter. Do you know what the Hebrew word is for dedication. Anyone know what the Hebrew word for dedication is okay. I don't see any hands I will tell you it is Hanukkah. Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for dedication and Hanukkah is an eight day celebration. It's going on right now. It started at sundown last Sunday and it will run to sundown tomorrow because it's for eight days. It's also called it's called Hanukkah. It's called the feast of dedication. It's called the festival of lights gets celebrated in winter and it usually always coincides with the month of December and often overlaps Christmas. Not every time, but sometimes because remember they're going by a different calendar. Jesus chose this festival.
Hanukkah the festival of lights to demonstrate and to declare I am the light of the world he said as long as I'm in the light of the world. I want you to consider this great contest of light and darkness, and the context in which it took place. She used this festival of lights to heal this blind man bring them out of darkness and into like and to declare to everyone that was buzzing and buzzing about this miracle. I am the light of the world and when he said that there was a menorah nine candlestick menorah, not the normal seven candlestick manure that was always in the temple, but a special one that was only used for Hanukkah. It had nine lights this menorah that was at least 5 foot tall was standing there with nine blazing candles burning brightly when Jesus said, hola. I am the light of the world.
So to better appreciate the impact that it would've had on those people we have to look at this special celebration of Hanukkah and you may know some of the but some of you may not. First of all, we found that it takes place in winter, and it lasts for eight days. It usually in December.
It is not. It is not one of the feast of the Lord that God gave to Moses to give to the children of Israel, that they were to keep forever. Every year, it is not in the Bible and the reason why it's not in the Bible is because it occurred during the inter-testament will. The 400 years between Malachi in the Old Testament and Matthew in the New Testament and how many know that during that time, the heavens were silent. There were no profits receiving word from God the heavens were silent and this occurred during that time, the rebellion of Israel by this time we get to Malik E. We know that both Israel and Judah had gone into captivity. There were no king sitting on the throne. Amen. Because of their idolatry and their rebellion.allow them to go into captivity to the Assyrians and the Babylonians. About halfway between this period of 400 years around 165 years into that.
Alexander the great conquered the known world, and he was the Greek and it began what is called Hellenization Hellenization and don't think of hell. The place of fire and brimstone is not what it means. Helen is a Greek word and it included Greek culture. Greek mythology Greek religion Greek language.
All things Greek. Because after all he had conquered most of the world, especially east of the Mediterranean had he conquered all that and wherever he conquered. They brought in Greek culture. Greek language Greek teachings, etc. amen now Alexander only lived to be 33 years old he died young and he died of diseases that were brought on from sexual diseases like syphilis and he was a genius and was deftly a genius at warfare, but when he died they split the kingdom up among four of his generals and wanted his generals to Lucius was given the portion of the kingdom that included the land of Israel and so gradually the people of Israel.
The Jewish people.
They began to speak Greek instead of Hebrew and they gradually began to leave their covenant with God and began to embrace the pagan culture of the Greek and of the Grecian Empire and when the Lucius first became ruler over this part of the world. It wasn't long after, I don't know exactly how long after that his son and his son's name was in the what a truly eye-opening word of the Lord. Hanukkah and Christmas versus grandpa's the miracle of Hanukkah is a warning to all Christians. What can happen if we allow political liberalism and evangelistic inclusiveness of put out the light of gospel truth is also an inspiration to rally us to stand against the infiltration of godlessness and paganism in America when you take a stand for God. He will stand with you and for you. The Maccabees crime was who is like you oh Lord among the mighty and God intervened to chase the enemy out of Jerusalem, the incarnation of the son of God, is why we celebrate Christmas. It's not just a particular date on the calendar, but the miracle of redemption.
When the word of God became flesh and dwelt amongst us. But not only has this holiday been secularized by the world snuffing out every inference of Jesus Christ is now becoming demonized by a new generation of atheist exporters who have defiled Christmas into a Halloween theme, even changing lyrics of holy carols into profane mockery and their God is a two ward half goat demon named cramp us meaning clause a sinister alter ego of Santa Claus is neither jolly nor nice but evil and it is daubed fun, family fun, but make no mistake, it glorifies Satan and advances his agenda to order Hanukkah and Christmas versus grandpa's sentimental love gift of $10 request SK 203 to sound the faith PO Box 1744, Baltimore, MD 21203 was shot. There is store and sound of faith.org, but to order and Christmas versus grandpa's send your love gift of $10 or more to PO Box 1744, Baltimore, MD 21203 and request offering SK 203 and if you appreciate this ministry and the messages we air. Please get an extra year end gift to help us maintain sound of faith, radio, thank you. Until next time, Mrs. Sharon not seen you in