St. John 9: 1-12; 24-25 = Experiencing God
It is so important that we know Jesus. It is important that we know him because without knowing him you really cannot appreciate what we call salvation. People are living beneath their privileges going to church but not really knowing who God is.
Paul says this is Philippians 2:13 – It is God who works in you and to do His good pleasure. God wants you to experience Him in ways that will bring Him the glory.
God takes the initiative to get us involved in His work for the Kingdom. Blackabby says God does not wait for us to dream up something to do for Him. In God’s timing God will bring it to past. As servants we have to wait on the master to give us direction and open up our eyes.
God’s revelation is the invitation for us to move with God. You have to see the Father work. We need to work where God is working, know where he is working and know that there are things only God can do like heal. God will reveal himself, his purposes and his ways. Anytime God was about to do something it was always to fulfill God’s plan. Sometime God has to reveal himself through circumstances.
That’s why I am learning how to lean and depend on Jesus because I found out if I trust him he will provide. When God does something in your life you get to know Him a little more intimately. God will give you the time for transition/change, the time of decision and the time of direction.
Never decide the truth of a situation based upon a circumstance until you have heard and seen God manifest himself in it. Until God gives the finally say, don’t you decide the outcome.
How do you know Andre? Because he has proven himself to me over and over again. That is why I understand now why the Old Testament saints kept adding to God’s name.
They new him as Elohim = The Supreme God, the Creator, The eternal, immortal, invisible and only wise God. It speaks of the creativity of God
The new Him as El Shaddai = The Almighty God
They new him as Jehovah - The LORD, But they kept adding to his name because God kept showing himself in a different way.
Jehovah-jireh — Jehovah will see; i.e., will provide, the name given by Abraham to the scene of his offering up the ram which was caught in the thicket on Mount Moriah. The expression used in Gen. 22:14, “in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen,” has been regarded as equivalent to the saying, “Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.”
Jehovah-nissi — Jehovah my banner, the title given by Moses to the altar which he erected on the hill on the top of which he stood with uplifted hands while Israel prevailed over their enemies the Amalekites (Ex. 17:15).
Jehovah-shalom — Jehovah send peace, the name which Gideon gave to the altar he erected on the spot at Ophrah where the angel appeared to him (Judg. 6:24).
Jehovah-shammah — Jehovah is there, the symbolical title given by Ezekiel to Jerusalem, which was seen by him in vision (Ezek. 48:35). It was a type of the gospel Church.
Jehovah-tsidkenu — Jehovah our rightousness, rendered in the Authorized Version, “The LORD our righteousness,” a title given to the Messiah (Jer. 23:6, marg.), and also to Jerusalem (33:16, marg.).
When he pays your bill and you know that you didn’t have any money = That was God
When he healed your body and the doctors only gave you a few days to live = That was God
When he fixed and kept you working while nearly 7% of population was losing their job = That was God
When you were out of work and he kept a roof over your head, food on the table, clean clothes on your back – That was God
If God brought you out of all kinds of sin and shame – That was God
And let me say this, the greater the circumstance the greater the intervention of God.
The greater the pain, the greater the healing of God. The greater the rejection of people, the greater the reward and acceptance from God. As long as you are in God’s will God will show himself mighty; God will show himself strong.
The Gospel of John wants the reader to know who Jesus is. Right out from the beginning the book starts out with the greatest introduction of Jesus anybody has written and that is
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John presents God manifest in flesh and His name is Jesus.
John 20:30-31 It says and many signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples which are not written in this book, But these are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and believing you might have life through His name. =authority.
John 21:24-25 – John states that we know his testimony is true and there are many other things which Jesus did, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen
One of the keys of understanding the Gospel of John is to understand that John writes to a group of people who have been ostracized and put out of the usual religious places because of their belief in God.
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Not only that but he is God. This is discovered by the seven I am Statements written in this Gospel :
Jesus states who he is by saying:
Before Abraham was I am
I am the Bread of life = I am what you hunger for he can satisfy. I can also take care of you physically
I am the Light of the World = I give vision, direction and guidance out of all of the dark areas in your life
I am the door = I am your protection and your entrance way into heaven
I am the good shepherd = I make provision for you and take care of you with all of the security you need. No wolf is going to hurt you
I am the resurrection and the life = Life that lives now and beyond the grave, life that is abundant because Jesus is life
I am the way, the truth and the life = If you want to go to heaven you have to believe on me as the way, truth and life to get there
I am the true vine = connecting all of the branches together. You are in me and I am in you. Jesus is all in me, living in me and working through me.
I am He = Jesus is Jehovah Lord, God our master; he is supreme and is the only one deserving of our worship.
Can I talk about our God: Jesus is amazing, absolute, beautiful, blameless, caring, compassionate, delightful, dependable, eternal, exalted, faithful, famous, firm, forgiving, friend, generous, glorious, gracious, great, healer, deliverer, holy, heavenly, illuminating, immutable, incomparable, incredible, infinite, invisible, loyal, loving, life, light, life, Lord of Lords and King of Kings, Marvelous, , Majestic, Mighty, Miraculous, omnipotent, omniscient, overwhelming, perfect, radiant, supernatural, supreme, sufficient, sincere, support, strength, and victorious, wise, wonderful, worthy of mine and your praise, unfailing, unchanging, unique and upright
Blindness in the Bible is defined by Harper as:
It is God who has the power to make people blind (Exod. 4:11) as well as to restore them to sight (Ps. 146:8). In Gen. 19:11 the angels of God who visited Lot struck the evil men of Sodom with blindness. Through Elisha’s prayer God struck the Syrian army with blindness (2 Kings 6:18). In Isa. 42:7 God commissions his servant ‘to open the eyes that are blind.’
Blindness was one of the blemishes disqualifying descendants of Aaron from performing sacrifice to God (Lev. 21:16-24). Likewise, it was forbidden to offer blind animals in sacrifice (Lev. 22:22; Deut. 15:21; Mal. 1:8). The blind were to be protected in accord with God’s covenantal instructions: no stumbling block was to be placed in their way (Lev. 19:14); and anyone who misled a blind person was cursed (Deut. 21:18). One of the expectations of the eschatological age was the opening of the eyes of the blind by God (Isa. 29:18; 35:5; lxx 61:1).
In the nt Jesus’ healing of blindness was one of the ‘deeds of the Christ’ illustrating and bringing about the Kingdom of God (Matt. 11:2-6; 15:29-31; Luke 4:16-19; 7:18-23). There are several examples in which the blind had their sight restored by Jesus: the faith of two blind men enabled them to be healed by Jesus (Matt. 9:27-31); he healed a blind and dumb demoniac (Matt. 12:22); by healing the blind in the Temple Jesus restored them to the worshiping community (Matt. 21:10-17).
Some of Jesus’ healings of the blind may function as symbolic characterizations of the revelation and recognition of Jesus’ profound identity. That may be the case in the healing of the blind man at Bethsaida in Mark 8:22-26. The painstaking, step-by-step manner in which Jesus performs this healing characterizes the way he is trying to bring his disciples to understand and ‘see’ his profound identity. This healing serves as a symbolic anticipation and transition to the confession of Jesus as ‘the Christ’ in Mark 8:29. Similarly, Bartimaeus, healed of his blindness, represents the insightful disciple who follows Jesus to Jerusalem, the place of his suffering and death (Mark 10:46-52). The healing of the man born blind in John 9 characterizes the spiritual ‘blindness’ of the Jews and indicates how Jesus is the ‘light of the world.’
The concept of blindness was particularly appropriate for metaphorical use; it often characterized spiritual ‘blindness’ or lack of insight into the revelation of God (Isa. 6:9-10; 42:16-19; 59:10; Matt. 15:14; Acts 28:26-27; Rom. 2:19; 11:8-10).
Jesus is passing by, meets a man who is born blind from birth and the disciples asks a very interesting question, who did sin, this man or his parents, that he is born blind.
Jesus says, neither – You are asking the wrong question. It’s not about them it is about God; so that the works of God can be revealed in him. Deliverance is not about what I am going through, Delieverance is what God is about to bring me out of.
Sometimes we look for the problem rather than the solution. What is the excuse. It is not about what happened, it is about what God is getting ready to do.
Jesus makes this statement I must work while it is day for the night comes, when no man can work. Jesus is the Light of the world, so he comes not matter how dark it is he will bring light.
Jesus is about to do something that is seems to be vulgar, disgusting or nasty. He spits on the ground. Putting mud on the eyes would only make the situation worst.
It goes back to the question: How bad do you want to get out of your situation? Even it means having spit put on your eyes.
Go and wash in the pool of Siloam. Go wash it away. Siloam means sent. It was a pool for baptizing into Judaism. It was a pool for a new beginning. Look at somebody if you need a new beginning go wash it away.
The man calls is anointing. There are some crazy stuff that happens that I can’t explain, but when he touch me with mud and spit since it came from Jesus, I call it an anointing.
There are two types of sight in the scripture or to see. One is the natural use of being able to see with one’s natural eyes, but the other is to know by experience
The seeing man now knows by experience that he has seen Him and is speaking with the Son of God.
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