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Insight from a Blind Man (A Study of John 9) Part 20

screen-shot-2017-03-06-at-5-25-29-amClaiming to be a disciple of Moses was one thing.  Jesus has just told them in John 5 that theirs was a mere claim.  They weren’t really disciples of Moses.

They then claim to have certain knowledge about God speaking to Moses.  This they knew.  What they didn’t know was where “this fellow” came from!  And these were the leaders responsible for the spiritual safety of the people of Israel!

The ignorance of the man born blind (how he was healed) is matched by the ignorance of the religious leaders (regarding the identity of Jesus).  That kind of stalemate gave the man born blind an opportunity to perhaps exit the conversation.  But “in for a dime, in for a shekel,” as they say.  So he attacks!

“Now that is remarkable!  You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.”  Isn’t the man born blind really saying, “You’ve failed the geography test — which was a small matter — how in the world can you pass the miraculous one?”  And I think he used his brand new eyes to stare them down one by one.

What do you and I KNOW?  I mean, really?  We know that God loves us.  We know that He’s done something about our sin.  And we know that He is in the sight-giving business.  But only to those who recognize their own blindness and want it taken away.  (to be continued)

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2017 in discipleship

 

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Insight from a Blind Man (A Study of John 9) Part 19

screen-shot-2017-03-06-at-5-25-29-am“Somewhere out there is a tree, tirelessly producing oxygen so you can breathe.  I think you owe it an apology.” That’s a great insult!

I haven’t had insults hurled at me since, well, never! I guess that means I’ve never been in a situation — a standoff — with angry, religious gestapo who want to kill Jesus.

And then they talk about DISCIPLESHIP!  “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses.”  But were they?

In John 5, the Jewish leaders began to persecute Jesus.  We read, “17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”  Later Jesus says, “45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

Hmmm.  Jesus didn’t think they were very good disciples of Moses.  Jesus refers to Moses as “your accuser” and logically argues, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me.”  I wonder:  What steps had the Pharisees taken that had removed them from being disciples even of Moses(to be continued)

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2017 in discipleship

 

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Following Jesus (video clip from Dr. John Ortberg)

How are you doing in “following Jesus”?

Do you love Him, trust, Him, admire Him?  Are you reading and re-reading His story, studying His teachings?  Are you actually seeking to do what He wants you to?

Isn’t prayer, in a sense, the asking of some of these Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 6.15.12 AMquestions?  No wonder I often don’t pray!  Truly following Jesus will reorder my priorities, change my plans, interrupt my dreams, inconvenience my daily life.

Wouldn’t it do us good to ask another believer every day, “Would you mind telling me how you are following Jesus today.”

Ready to ask that question today?  Ready for someone to ask you that question?

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2015 in discipleship

 

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Time for a Great Quote (Francis Chan on discipleship)

“He wants all or nothing. The thought of a person calling himself a ‘Christian’ Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 5.59.46 AMwithout being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd.”
― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2015 in discipleship

 

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“Get Thee Behind me, Satan!” (a sermon clip on FOLLOWING JESUS, John Ortberg)

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in discipleship

 

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