The S7GNS:  The ingredients for a miraculous sign!

 

Scripture Lesson for the Day:  John 9:1-41, NLT

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life’” (John 8:12, NLT).

“‘We must do what the one who sent me wants us to do while it is day. The night when no one can do anything is coming.  As long as I’m in the world, I’m light for the world’” (John 9:4-5, GW).

What does it mean to you when Jesus says that he is the light of the world?

“The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book.  But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name” (John 20:30-31, NLT).

Sign: sēmeion, Greek –  “A sign (typically miraculous), given especially to confirm, corroborate or authenticate…Accordingly, it is used dozens of times in the NT for what authenticates the Lord and His eternal purpose, especially by doing what mere man cannot replicate of take credit for”  (Online resource – Bible Hub).

The ingredients for a miraculous sign…

  • Raw materials and a response!

How do you respond when you get a speck of dust in your eye?

“After Jesus said this, he spit on the ground and made some mud with it and put the mud on the man’s eyes.  Then he told the man, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.’  (Siloam means Sent.) So the man went, washed, and came back seeing” (John 9:6-7, NCV).

  • Blind spots!

What are your blind spots?

“So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, ‘God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.’  ‘I don’t know whether he is a sinner,’ the man replied.  ‘But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!’” (John 9:24-25, NLT).

Like the blind man did you have a progression of understanding about who Jesus actually is?

  • A spiritual twist!

“Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, ‘Are you saying we’re blind?’  ‘If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,’ Jesus replied. ‘But you remain guilty because you claim you can see’” (John 9:40-41, NLT).

  • A judge and His judgement!

“Then Jesus said, ‘I have come into this world to judge: Blind people will be given sight, and those who can see will become blind’” (John 9:39, GW).

How many times have we judged someone incorrectly?

“When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, Jesus found him and said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’  He asked, ‘Who is the Son of Man, sir, so that I can believe in him?’  Jesus said to him, ‘You have seen him. The Son of Man is the one talking with you.’  He said, ‘Lord, I believe!’ Then the man worshiped Jesus” (John 9:35-38, NCV).

Has Jesus healed you of your spiritual blindness? If so, how has this changed your life?

Closing Challenge:  Jesus used certain ingredients to point to an important understanding of who He is and one of His important role’s.  How is your spiritual eyesight when it comes to how you see Jesus?  Would you say that you have 20/20 vision when it comes to Jesus?  Does your spiritual sight and perception need to be miraculously healed? Can you sing, “I once was blind, but now I see”? (Amazing Grace by John Newton).

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