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Insight from a Blind Man (a Study of John 9): Part 5

screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-05-43-am We live in a 24/7 world where darkness has been turned into light by the invention of the light bulb!  In Jesus’ time when it got dark, people turned off the TV and went to bed.  Daylight was for working; nighttime was for sleeping.

This man born blind had only known NIGHT.  He had never seen a sun rise or a sun set or a flower or a pretty girl or an angry Pharisee.  It was always night for him.

The Lord Jesus was fond of using metaphors screen-shot-2017-02-19-at-5-57-08-am in the gospel of John.  He uses the metaphor of birth in chapter three, of water in chapter four, of bread in chapter six, of darkness (night) in chapter nine.

Jesus knows that He is on a mission to do “the works of God” and the time to do those works is the daytime.  As the light of the world He was personally obligated “to do the works of him who sent me.”

Actually, when you think about it, the expression “the light of the world” implies nighttime, doesn’t it?  We don’t need light during the day, but during the night.  Perhaps Jesus is saying that this world is very dark, even in the daytime.

Jesus’ followers, we are told in Matthew 5, are “the light of the world.  A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”  In a real sense, we have taken the place of Jesus as the light of the world!  Earlier in John 8 Jesus had said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  Jesus says, “While I am in the world . . .”  The implication is that He was here only for a short time and soon would be returning to His Father.  And in this in-between-time, we are the light of the world.

Letting your light shine? (to be continued)

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in john 9

 

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Insight from a Blind Man (A Study of John 9) (Part 4)

screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-05-43-amscreen-shot-2017-02-14-at-6-19-21-amYes, sometimes we can serve God better with our wounds than with our wellness.

Jesus makes it quite clear here that He KNEW why this man was born blind!  No one but GOD can declare “This happened so that . . .”  This man born blind was part of God’s plan to reveal His Son as Savior to the world — one needy person at a time!

I never played on high school sports teams, but instead had a paper route to make money.  But if I had, I would probably have a few trophies.  At least some participation ones!  Wait a minute, I have several table tennis and tennis trophies that I’ve won as an adult, an old adult.  Now.  If I were really serious about my trophies, I would not lose them in the garage or put them in a box in the attic.  I would screen-shot-2017-02-18-at-6-06-39-amdisplay them in a prominent place at home — on the kitchen table, by the front door under a spotlight — you get the picture.

Jesus says, “this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”  Here’s a display case.  What is its use?  Yes!  To show off stuff!  We are DISPLAY CASES of God’s work in our lives.

That seems to be a pretty passive place for us to be, doesn’t it?  We are just display cases to show off the works of God.  People are not supposed to look through us to God but at us and at what God has been and is doing in our lives!  Now, we can mess up being DISPLAY CASES, can’t we?   We can be so dirty (with sin) that no one can see what’s displayed inside.  We can refuse to turn the light on in the case and just sit there in the dark.  We can distract people’s attention and highlight other things that we’re proud of that aren’t the works of God.

What a marvelous statement.  This man, born blind, had never seen anything in his entire life, but would soon not only himself see, but he would be seen by others as a display case for the works of ALMIGHTY GOD!  From blindness to display.  Not a bad transition! (to be continued)

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2017 in john 9

 

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