SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 3/1/21
March 3, 2021, 1:35 PM

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T9 – FOR WEEK OF 3/1/21

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JOHN 9 - THE LIGHT AT WORK

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #18

 

  • Vs. 1 – Sometime after the events of chapter 8. There was a man who was blind from birth.
  • Vs. 2 – Jesus’ disciples asked a theological question, based on what they had been taught.
  • What is the source of all illness in the world? It is sin!  Death did not enter the world until after Adam and Eve had sinned. 
  • So, all sickness is caused by sin.
  • And some sickness is caused by the sins of parents. Drugs
  • And some sickness is caused by our own sins. Gluttony, smoking, alcohol
  • But as Jesus will indicate in the next verse, not all sickness is caused by some specific sin.
  • Vs. 3 – God had a purpose for this man’s suffering.  There was no specific sin that caused his blindness. The purpose of the sickness was that the works of God would be revealed in him.
  • There are times when we suffer illness or other problems so that the glory of God may be revealed in us! Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4
  • Vs. 4 – In the original language, the word “I” is “we”. Jesus is saying to His disciples, “We must work the works of him that sent me.”
  • I feel that that the word “We” is still in effect today.
  • We must work the works of the Father. John 14:12-14 We are alive. It is “day”.  The night of death is coming. Whatever good you are going to do must be done before you die. you do not know when that will be.   

 

  • Vs. 5 – At this point Jesus was still physically in the world. He was the light of the world.
  • Question – Is Jesus still the light of the world? Of course He is!
  • How does He shine today?
  1. He shines through His Word.
  2. He shines through His Spirit.
  3. He shines through us! Matthew 5:14-16

 

Now we are going to see Jesus at work in the life of this blind man.  We see the Light at work.

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S EYES - Vss. 6-12

  • Vs. 6-7 – Why did Jesus make mud, put it on the blind man’s eyes and tell him to go wash?  Of course, he could have healed him instantly! We do not know for sure why Jesus did it this way.  Perhaps he was testing the blind man’s faith, or to get the Pharisees’ attention.
  • The blind man went to the Pool of Siloam and washed.  He came back, seeing!

 

  • Vss. 8-9 – The man caused an immediate stir.
  • The former blind man left no doubts. He said, “I’m him!”

 

  • Vss. 10-12 – Of course, the people asked the obvious question, “What happened?” The man told them.
  • Jesus still gives light to the blind today. Jesus is opening blind eyes through His Spirit. John 16:8-11
  • The moment a person is saved the Spirit opens eyes.
  • The Spirit of the Lord Jesus opens our eyes as Christians. We see things differently as He works inside of us.   
  • When you and I as Christians walk in His light, we will deal with sin in our lives. 1 John 1:5-7

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S EYES

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S MIND – Vss. 13-34   

 

Vs. 13-14 – Jesus had done this healing on the Sabbath day.  The Pharisees considered it a violation of the Sabbath to heal someone who is sick.

 

Vss. 15-16 – The former blind man told what happened and there was an immediate debate over the Lord Jesus.

 

Vs. 17 – They asked the opinion of the blind man.  His mind was opened enough for him to see that Jesus was prophet.

 

Vss. 18-23 – The Jews were not ready to concede that Jesus had worked a miracle.  They were thinking that maybe it was a hoax. They brought in the man’s parents. They asked questions which the parents answered but were afraid to say anything about Jesus.

 

Vs. 24 – They brought the man who had been blind back into the proceedings. They told him to give God the praise for the healing. “Don’t give credit to Jesus because we know that He’s a sinner!”

 

Vs. 25 – The man was not about to debate whether Jesus was a sinner was not.  “Once I was blind, but now I see.”

 

Vs. 26 – They were still looking for a way to discredit Jesus, so they asked him again what happened.

 

Vs. 27 – I think the man was being sarcastic. “You’re asking me so much about Him.  Do you want to be his disciples?”

 

Vs. 28-29 – That set the Pharisees off.

 

Vss. 30-33 – Now we see how completely Jesus had opened this man’s mind. When our minds grasp the things of God as this man did, it is because Jesus, the light of the world, has given light to our minds through his Spirit.                                                                                                                         1 Corinthians 2:15-16, Romans 12:2 – Renewed by Word and the Holy Spirit.

 

Vs. 34 – The Pharisees were so incensed at the man that they excommunicated him from the synagogue.

Remember, when we have light from Christ in our minds, we are not always going to be accepted or popular.

 

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S EYES

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S MIND

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S HEART – Vss. 35-39  

 

Vs. 35 – I’m sure the man was hurting and confused.  He had received a great miracle, and instead of the religious leaders rejoicing with him, they persecuted him and excommunicated Him.

 

When Jesus heard what had happened, He found him.

And when we hurt Jesus will find us.

The man was ready for a heart decision.

Jesus had given light to his eyes.

Jesus had given light to his mind.

Now it was the heart’s turn.

 

When we come to Christ for salvation: Jesus opens our eyes to see our sin. Jesus opens our minds to understand what Christ has done for us in His death, burial, and resurrection.

Jesus opens our hearts to faith.

 

Jesus asked him: “Do you believe on the “Son of God”.

 

Vs. 36-38 – The man’s heart was opened. He believed and worshipped. 

 

Whenever a person believes it is because Jesus, through His Spirit, has opened His heart.

We have no capacity to believe except by God’s help.

John 3:3-7

 

Perhaps Jesus is talking to you this morning. Perhaps he is showing you that you need to place your faith in Christ alone as your Savior. Perhaps he is giving light to your heart!  If so place your faith and trust in Him right now.

 

And Christian anytime you are at a point of making a right decision to do the right thing, I believe that Jesus, through his Spirit is giving light to your heart. John 16:12-15

 

Make sure that when the Lord gives light to your heart that you are obedient.

 

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S EYES

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S MIND

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S HEART

 

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EXODUS 14 - DELIVERANCE

 

GOD'S PLAN FOR DELIVERANCE - Vss. 1-9

 

GOD'S PROMISE OF DELIVERANCE - Vss. 10-14

 

GOD'S PATH TO DELIVERANCE - Vss. 15-23

 

GOD'S POWER IN DELIVERANCE - Vss. 24-31

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PROVERBS 7 – WRONG! or THE END OF PURITY

 

WRONG PRIORITIES - Vss. 1-7

Vss. 6-7 - This young man was "void of understanding".  He did not have the right priorities for remaining pure that are listed in Vss. 1-5. Practicing Vss. 1-5 would have kept this young man in the time of temptation.

 

WRONG PLACE - Vss. 8-9

The best way to not let temptation get the best of you is to avoid it.

This man was headed towards the wrong place at the wrong time of day. 1 Thessalonians 5:22

We must be careful to avoid the wrong places where temptation is present.  Pornography in books and on screen should be especially avoided. Psalm 101:3

 

WRONG PERSON - Vss. 10-20

This was not the type of person that the young man should have been listening to. He should have followed the example of Joseph in Genesis 39:7-13 who ran from temptation.

 

WRONG PRACTICE - Vss. 21-27

The result of wrong priorities is being in the wrong place.

The result of being in the wrong place is meeting the wrong people.

The result of listening to wrong people is the wrong practice.

The young man's purity was gone!

 

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ISAIAH 6:1-8 – A FRESH LOOK

 

    A "fresh look" is usually something which helps, encourages, and refreshes our hearts.  It is a new way of looking at something which we have never seen before.

 

    There was prophet, a man of God in the Bible, who, one day, received a fresh look. He had been serving God, and was a saved man.  But God gave him a vision which gave this prophet that FRESH LOOK. The prophet's name is Isaiah. His story is found in Isaiah 6:1-8.

 

Perhaps you need the same fresh look which Isaiah received. Perhaps you have been spinning your spiritual wheels lately, and need to get back on track.  If it is true of you, we trust God will help you this morning. It is our prayer that you will receive a fresh look.

 

However, you cannot get a fresh look unless you have had the first look.

 

The first look that realizes that you are a sinner. Isaiah 64:6

 

The first look that realizes that Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and rose again.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

The first look is the look which calls on the Lord Jesus as your Savior, in faith, believing on Him alone for forgiveness and eternal life. Romans 10:13

 

A FRESH LOOK IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY Vs. 1

 

It was in the year King Uzziah died.

Uzziah was a great king of Judah, who reigned for 50 years. He was a giant in his day.

 

2 Chronicles 26:5 shows his rise to power.

 

2 Chronicles 26:16&21 show us his sin problem.

 

Uzziah, even with his leprosy, would have been loved and respected.  So the year he died, was a year of tragedy. In this tragic year Isaiah received a fresh look from the Lord. He saw the Lord on a throne, "high and lifted up".

 

Sometimes our greatest vision of the Lord, our fresh look at God, will come when someone is removed from your life.

 

Why? All too often we get our eyes on people instead of on the Lord.  The Lord has to help us get our eyes off of people and back on Him.

Sometimes we see the Lord clearer when someone well beloved by us becomes sick and is laid aside.

 

Sometimes we see the Lord clearer when someone well beloved by us passes away.

 

Sometimes we see the Lord clearer after being hurt, or disappointed by one of his saints, seeing them withdraw from us, or us having to withdraw from them.

 

A FRESH LOOK AT THE GLORY OF GOD Vss. 1

 

Isaiah says, ‑"I SAW THE LORD" - It is our natural habit to see people.

 

But Isaiah got his fresh look by seeing the Lord.

 

WHO IS THE LORD HERE?

 

The apostle John in John 12:37-41 tells us that the Lord is the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

"SITTING UPON A THRONE" - a truth to remember.

Jesus is King. The word "throne" is synonymous with kingship.

 

My friend, Jesus Christ is still on the throne.

He is still in charge.

He still hears and answers prayer.

 

"HIGH AND LIFTED UP" - Where is the Lord Jesus?

He is high above everything and everybody.

Where is the Lord Jesus? Lifted up! More important, more prominent, more worthy than anything or anybody!

 

"AND HIS TRAIN FILLED THE TEMPLE" - Isaiah may have been in the earthly temple.  But, I believe that his vision was of the heavenly temple. I believe Isaiah was receiving a vision of heaven!

 

The "train" here has nothing to do with railroad tracks.  It refers to the hem or fringe of his garment.

 

Psalm 104:1-2 tell us his garment is light.

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. [2] Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

 

Vs. 2 - Seraphim means "burning ones".

Seraphim are angelic beings which seem to be guarding the holiness of God.

 

There is a definite lesson to learn from them, as they appear before the Lord.

 

Six wings - Two covered the face - reverence.

                   Two covered the feet - humility.

                   Two made them fly - service.

Twice as much effort is given to submission and humility than is given to service.

Twice as much effort is given to worship than to service.

 

Vs. 3 - The seraphim remind us that God is holy.

          He is separated from sin.

          He is separated unto righteousness.

 

Vs. 4 - The room's foundations shook at the worship of the Lord.  This suggested the awesome presence and power of God.

The temple began to fill with smoke.

In Israel's history, smoke was a symbol of the presence of God.

Isaiah was struck with the fact that he was literally before the Lord in all his glory!

 

ISAIAH HAD A FRESH LOOK AT SELF Vs. 5

 

He saw the Lord. And, to the Old Testament mind, that would have meant automatic death! Instead, it meant a new perspective.

 

Isaiah compared his righteousness and holiness to that of God. The response of this saved man was, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.

 

The words of Isaiah remind me of what Peter said, after Jesus had worked a miracle by providing a miraculous catch of fish. Luke 5:8

 

In both cases, Isaiah and Peter were comparing themselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

If you look at Christians around you, Christian, you will not be too greatly impressed with your own sin.

 

Instead, compare your life to God's standard for holiness, the Lord Jesus Christ. Compare yourself to Him who never sinned, and see how you do! You might discover that you don’t like yourself as much as you thought you did.

 

A FRESH LOOK AT FORGIVENESS Vss. 6-7

 

Now, here's the good news!

In the Old Testament temple there was an altar of sacrifice where atonement was made for sin.

 

One of the "burning ones", the seraphs, goes to the altar and removes a coal and places it on Isaiah's tongue.

 

My friend the price for your cleansing was paid for at Calvary.

 

If you have already accepted Christ as Savior, the blood of Christ has been applied to your account.

 

When we sin anew, we do not need to be saved again, but for the sake of maintaining fellowship with God, we need to be cleansed.

 

The Lord cleanses us as we confess our sins. 1 John 1:9, Psalm 32:5

 

A FRESH LOOK AT RESPONSIBILITY Vs. 8

 

Notice that when God asks, "WHO SHALL I SEND?" that no seraph, no cherub, no angel responds.

 

Why?

 

Because God has ordained, that it is the cleansed, forgiven, child of God, who is to take the message of salvation!

 

The one who has experienced forgiveness and cleansing is to take the message of cleansing and forgiveness to others.

 

As you are cleansed by God, and "right" with Him, Christian, you might just hear Him saying, "WHO WILL GO FOR US?"

 

Who is "us?" - The Trinity, of course!

 

Isaiah's answer to God's question, was, "Here Am I, Send me!"

Isaiah was given a commission to go to Israel with bad news. He was also told that Israel would not respond.

 

God gives you and me a different commission. Matthew 28:19-20, Matthew 5:14-16

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MATTHEW 28:1-10, JOHN 20:1-17 - AT THE TOMB

Life of Christ #57

 

It is the third day after the death of Jesus.  It is early morning, and dark as a group of women proceed towards the tomb, hoping to anoint the body of Jesus. By the time they get there the sun is beginning to rise.

 

A PERPLEXING PROBLEM – Matthew 28:1-4

 

Vs. 1 – Matthew mentions two women who have come to the tomb. But, according to the other Gospels, there were others. Mark 16:1, Luke 24:1

 

A great stone had been rolled in front of the sepulcher, and there was a Roman guard contingent posted. Mark 27:59-60, 62-66    

 

The women were concerned as to the accessibility of the body. Mark 16:3

 

When they arrived the women discovered an even more perplexing problem.  The stone was rolled away from the tomb.  Evidently, Mary Magdalene saw the stone rolled away, and ran for help. 

 

She did not stay, as the other women did, to hear the message of the angels concerning the resurrection.  She went to find Peter and John. 

 

Vs. 2 – There had been a huge earthquake when an Angel from Heaven rolled away the stone.

   

Why did the Angel roll away the stone?

Was it to let Jesus out? No!

Jesus’ resurrection body is capable of going through walls.

 

The angel rolled away the stone to show Jesus’ followers that the tomb was empty!

   

The angel sat on the stone that he had rolled away.

 

Vs. 3 – The angel’s appearance reflected the glory of the God he served.  He evidently glowed with brilliance like lightening.  His clothing was as white as snow.

 

Vs. 4 – The guards were terrified and became like dead men.  They were decommissioned, so to speak.

 

A PERPLEXING PROBLEM – Matthew 28:1-4

A PROFOUND ANNOUNCEMENT – Matthew 28:5-7

 

Vs. 5 – The great announcement to those who believe on Jesus as their Savior is always “fear not!”

 

The Roman guards should have feared.

Those that crucified Jesus should have feared.

Anyone who is not trusting Jesus as Savior should fear.

 

But those of us who know Jesus as Savior should not fear! Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 41:10, Luke 12:4-7

 

Vs. 5-6 – The angel continued in his message. The women were not to fear because Jesus wasn’t there. That was great news! 

 

He had risen from the dead as He said. Jesus proved himself to be reputable. He did what He said that He would do!  John 2:20-22, Matthew 16:21

 

Vss. 6-7 – The message of the angel is very encouraging.  There are four words that summarize what we should do in reaction to the resurrection.   

 

“COME AND SEE” – We need to come and see for ourselves that Jesus is indeed risen from the dead.  We  need to believe in the death burial and resurrection of Christ for forgiveness and everlasting life.

 

“GO AND TELL” – After seeing and believing for ourselves, we need to go and tell others the wonderful news.  We need to “REACH OUR WORLD” as our theme for this month says.

Romans 10:9-10 - That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

A PERSONAL APPEARANCE – Matthew 28:8-10

 

Vs. 8 – The women obeyed the angel.

You can understand how they would still have an element of fear.  It was probably fear of the unknown, fear of the new, and fear of the unexplainable.

 

But there was also great joy!  Jesus was alive! Jesus was victorious over the grave. Jesus was who He said He was!

 

Vs. 9 – The logical response to seeing Jesus alive is to worship Him!

 

Vs. 10 - Like the angel a few short minutes before, Jesus sent the women to share the good news of His resurrection!  Jesus sends us to our world with the same message: Mark 16:15

 

A PENETRATING INVESTIGATION – John 20:1-9

 

Vss. 1-2 – As we said earlier, Mary Magdalene evidently saw the empty tomb and left to tell John and Peter the news. Her understanding was foggy at best. She was convinced that someone had stolen the body.

 

Vss. 3-5 – John, who was probably younger, outran Peter.  He looked in and saw the evidence of the resurrection. But He did not go in.

 

Vss. 6-7 – Peter went in and saw the evidence himself.

Everything was orderly in the tomb.

The grave clothes were there.

The napkin, or sweat band for his head were there.

These were proof that Jesus had been raised.

 

Vss. 8-9 – Although Jesus had said that He would rise from the dead, the disciples never “got it!”  And they did not know the scriptures that told of His resurrection.

John saw the evidence and believed.

   

Vs. 10 – Peter may have walked away still perplexed by the empty tomb. John walked away convinced.

 

A PRIVATE INTERVIEW – John 20:10-15

 

Vss. 11-12 – Mary returns to the sepulcher. She remains outside weeping.  Peter and John are gone. Angels appear.

 

Vs. 13 – Here was a very good question. “Why are you weeping?”

The angels knew why she was weeping, but I believe that they were intimating that she had no reason to weep!

 

The angels knew that Mary had no reason to weep, but every reason to rejoice.

There are times in our lives when sorrow overwhelms us and we weep.  This is okay to a point. It’s normal.

 

Eventually there is a time to go beyond the weeping to rejoicing.

The Lord Jesus is risen from the dead.

The Lord Jesus never leaves or forsakes us.

The Lord Jesus has a place for us in Heaven.

All sorrow and trials here on earth are temporary.  Our lives, as Christians, are eternal!

 

Psalm 30:5 - …weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

 

Vss. 14-15 – Jesus came to Mary in her sorrow, as He will come to you in you sorrow.

Again, He asks why she is weeping.   

Mary still doesn’t get it. She does not know that she is talking to Jesus, and very bravely, thinking Jesus to be the gardener, offers to move the body herself.

 

Vs. 16 – Jesus turns Mary’s tears to joy with the mention of her name.

 

Vs. 17 – Mary was clinging to Jesus. She was not to cling.

The plan was for Jesus to ascend to Heaven.

From there He would indwell each believer with His Holy Spirit.

It was a time for Good News and Mary was to share it!

 

A PERPLEXING PROBLEM – Matthew 28:1-4

A PROFOUND ANNOUNCEMENT – Matthew 28:5-7

A PERSONAL APPEARANCE – Matthew 28:8-10

A PENETRATING INVESTIGATION – John 20:1-9

A PRIVATE INTERVIEW – John 20:10-15

 

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Romans 3:21-27 – OBTAINING GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS

 

Only those who have God's righteousness will enter into Heaven.

 

THE TRAGEDY OF SIN - Vs. 23 

Nobody is righteous before God. We have all failed Him! We all deserve punishment.  Romans 3:10-20

 

THE TRUTH OF JUSTIFICATION - Vs. 24

We are justified ("declared righteous") by God's grace through the finished work of Christ on the cross. Romans 5:6-9

 

THE TRANSACTION BY FAITH - Vss. 21-22, 25

We obtain God's righteousness when we place our faith in Christ as our Savior. Romans 5:1

 

THE TRIUMPH OF GOD - Vss. 26-28

He is the justifier of those who believe in Christ.

We have no boasting in our own righteousness. It is excluded by the law of faith.

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REVELATION 20:11-15 - WHY I BELIEVE IN MISSIONS

 

There are many reasons to believe in missions.  The best reason is the great commission of Matthew 28:19-20.  However, the account of The Great White Throne Judgment of unbelievers gives me four more reasons to believe in missions.

I believe in missions because of:

 

THE MAJESTY OF THE JUDGE (The Lord Jesus) Vs. 11

 

THE MULTITUDES THAT ARE PRESENT Vss. 12a & 13a

 

THE METHOD OF JUDGMENT Vss. 12b & 13B

    Unsaved men will be punished for their works, just as saved men will

    be rewarded for their works (1 Corinthians 4:5, 2 Corinthians 5:10)

    This only has to do with severity of judgment or reward, not salvation.

 

THE MISERY OF THE MISSING ENTRY. Vss. 14-15

    When a person is born again he or she has his name written in the "Book

    of Life."  When a person is not born again, he or she faces the

    punishment of the Lake of Fire. If a person's name is missing, so is

    Heaven for that person.

 

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