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Aug 01, 2021

The Best Day of His Life

The Best Day of His Life

Speaker: Dennis Gallaher

Series: Sabbath 2021: Rhythm of Jesus

Category: Sunday Morning

The disciples saw a problem to solve. Jesus saw a human being who was alone. 

Jesus performed seven miracles on the Sabbath. John 9 tells of a simple, direct, and unusual miracle. 

John 9:1-2 As Jesus passed by, He saw a man who had been blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 

The disciples questioned Jesus on why the curse of blindness was on this man. They saw a destitute and diseased sinner under the curse of God instead of a human being created in the image of God. It's the same with us today. Religion will always get in the way of seeing people as God sees them and how God sees relationships. Jesus came to tear down the barriers between God and man as well as man to man. The disciples saw a problem to solve. Jesus saw a human being who was alone. 

What kind of religion gets in the way of the simplicity of the cross? Theological debates, preferences, the insistence of our way, and the non-essentials of religion will always weaken the one-way message of the cross.

What are the barriers that Jesus is tearing down? The question of the disciples, "Who sinned?" We have the same kind of blindness today seeing conditions of man instead of human beings.

John 9:6-7 When He had said this, He spit on the ground, and made mud from the saliva, and applied the mud to his eyes, and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he left and washed, and came back seeing.

Miracles always seem to be so quiet. The blind beggar heard the spit hitting the ground (possibly like many times before). But now he feels the mud covering his face and his diseased eyes and then hears the words of "go and wash." The man has a choice to make... ignore the directions because he was being made a fool or act on the directions thinking that things were about to change.

There is a choice every one of us must make. Do we trust that this Jesus is the truth or will we make a fool of ourselves by doing what He says? Jesus challenged the blind man to commit. God is challenging us to follow through and commit. And as the blind man followed through and washed the mud away, his eyes could see for the first time!

Look at the reactions:

Reactions of the neighbors and the community. John 9:8 So the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, “Is this not the one who used to sit and beg?”  In the same way the disciples did not see the man but a disease, his community did not know him enough to recognize him when he was no longer sitting, begging, or blind. It was the best day of his life and others were arguing over the obvious instead of rejoicing over the miraculous - now he could see!

Reactions of the religious authorities. John 9:13-14 They brought the man who was previously blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath on the day that Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. It was the Sabbath and a whole lot of rules just got broken. The rules were more important than the miracle. The church authorities asked the same question, "what happened?" The man answered the same... Jesus made clay. He put it on my eyes. I did what He told me to. Now I can see. The church didn't believe him or rejoice either on this the best day of his life.

Reactions of the family. John 9:18-23 The Jews then did not believe it about him, that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight, and they questioned them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?” His parents then answered and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already reached the decision that if anyone confessed Him to be Christ, he was to be excommunicated from the synagogue. It was for this reason that his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” They called the family and they denied having anything to do with it. On the best day of his life, his own family rejected him out of fear.

Reactions of the seeing man. John 9:24 So for a second time they summoned the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give glory to God; we know that this man is a sinner.” The Pharisees asked him again how it happened. John 9:25 He then answered, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 

Conclusion:  John 9:3 They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and yet you are teaching us?” So they put him out. He was put out of the community, the church, and his family. He was an outcast. On the best day of his life, there was rejection, condemnation, abuse, and being run out of town. 

Proverbs 3:32 ... But He is intimate with the upright. God is intimate with the upright. This means that when we honor God above ourselves and others, God will stick close to us. Some of us were or are the same... rejected by our community, religion, family, or all three. 

Are you trying to decide if following Jesus, the one true God, is worth that kind of rejection? God's promise is that when everyone else turns away, the Creator of the universe will not!

John 9:35 Jesus heard that they had put him out, and upon finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” Jesus heard that they had put him out, and came looking for him. God is intimate with the upright.

The questions in verse 35, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" Do you know who He is? Is your heart-stirring to say yes? It is an ongoing, daily believing in the promise of relationship and promises about His companionship and power in our lives. Jesus will remove the blindness from our hearts. He will give us sight to see the truth. Will you believe in Jesus today?