Don’t ignore the testimony of the changed person

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John 9

30 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”

34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”

37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”

38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.

 

The enlightened man, enlightened by Jesus opening his eyes, has more godly wisdom than the religious leaders did.  Indeed a marvelous thing had happened.  So marvelous was this miracle that the man now seeing stated that this had never happened before!  The One who had the power to make a blind man see must be from God.  How clear of a statement this is.  Of course Jesus came from God and of course he was God in the flesh.  His very acts demonstrated that Jesus was not a mere human.  No mere human could ever open the eyes of a man born blind.

Why is it that the one changed is not given more credibility?  A drunkard that is saved and whose life is redeemed and rescued from alcohol, or a drug user whose worthless life becomes profitable and caring, or a fornicator who completely leaves his or her lusts to live for Christ and turn away from their sexual sin, or a homosexual who comes to Christ and leaves the lifestyle of sin behind, or a profane person who in Christ gets a new tongue, or an angry person who with the Holy Spirit becomes a peaceful person, or a bitter person who in the love of God forgives and releases all of their bitterness, these changed people should be looked at with respect and should be given opportunity to tell others how they changed and who changed them.

But society today is not much different from Jesus’ day.  To accept that Jesus gave the man his sight was to accept that Jesus came from God.  They did not want to accept Jesus so they denied this man’s new condition.  People today are skeptical of the change in the life of a Christian.  They don’t believe it will last or they don’t think it is real.  They are glad for the difference but won’t credit Jesus for the change.

Yet, when Jesus came back to the man who could now see and made sure the man knew who He was, the man worshipped Jesus for giving him his sight.  We too gather with others who were born blind that Jesus had made to see and we worship Him together.  We know who made the difference and we know what He did the day He came into our lives.  He called us, He justified us, He washed us and He gave us our salvation and our new life in Him.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Some of you volunteered to make pies for me for tonight’s sale.  I will be at the church or near the church.  Call me to let me know when you are coming by.

We have four teens with Ben at the “Lead the Cause” missions outreach in Chicago.  They will be going out today to talk to people in the streets about Christ.  Pray for open doors for the gospel for Kyle, Kendall, Kameron and Stefani.  There will be 500 teens plus their leaders going out. This should be a life-changing time for hundreds of people.  Do pray for this amazing outreach.

Be in prayer for Sunday.  I am preparing a message from Isaiah 62 and other passages looking at the call to the watchman. 

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

 

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