1. Hello, listening friends.
2. We are so glad you tuned in today
3. We are in the series of messages on the seven signs of Jesus from the Gospel of John.
4. And in the last message, we began to talk about a man who was born blind that Jesus opened his eyes.
5. In our last message I promised to tell you about the relationship between physical blindness and spiritual blindness.
6. I also promised to tell you how to get your spiritual eyes opened.
7. Let me remind you that we are looking at Johns Gospel, chapter 9.
8. Jesus opened the eyes of a man who was born blind.
9. Why could only Jesus open the eyes of the blind?
10. Because He is the expected Messiah.
11. Because He is the Very God of Very God.
12. And because, only God can open the blind eyes.
13. It is not surprising, therefore, that only Jesus could cure both physical... and spiritual blindness.
14. Jesus came to give everyone who believes in Him spiritual sight.
15. And that is why, after healing the blind man Jesus said the following:
16. In v. 39, Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."
17. What does He mean by this?
18. Those who humbly admit their spiritual inadequacy... and their spiritual need
19. They will receive spiritual sight.
20. But those who are filled with their own self-knowledge will remain in their blindness.
21. Those who will acknowledge their need of Christ for salvation...
22. Will have their spiritual sight given to them.
23. So how do you get cured of your spiritual blindness with which we are all born?
24. By believing that only Jesus Christ can save you from eternal judgement.
25. Being saved from eternal judgement is to have your spiritual blindness cured.
26. Let me tell you a story.
27. A friend of mine from Florida was giving a speech,
28. And in it he was bragging about what a good golfer he was.
29. After the speech, a blind man walked up to him
30. And said to him
31. I challenge you to a game of golf. Name your price.
32. My friend could hardly speak... he couldn't believe it.
33. He tried to gently distract the man from his enthusiasm about beating him in a game of golf.
34. My friend finally said to him,
35. “I can not take advantage of a blind man."
36. The blind man said,
37. "Never you mind about that. Just name your price."
38. Well, after a friendly argument, my friend acquiesced and said to him, "OK, when do you want to tee off?"
39. The blind man said, "One o'clock in the morning."
40. There are varieties of blindness... each of them equally devastating.
41. Please listen carefully and see if you identify with any of these forms of blindness.
42. The first and foremost form of blindness is blindness to the truth.
43. The apostle Paul writes concerning those who are lost in 2 Corinthians 4:4:
the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Cor 4:4 NIV)
44. In Matthew 15, Jesus described the Pharisees as the blind leading the blind.
leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit." (Matt 15:14 NIV)
45. Spiritually blind people, whether they call themselves religious or not,
46. They are unable to conceive that only faith in Jesus Christ will bring salvation.
47. They are unable to accept that someone dying on a cross can atone for their sins.
48. They are unable to grasp that salvation is a free gift apart from human effort.
49. The second form of blindness is this
50. It is the blindness of spiritual maturity.
51. Look at 2 Peter 1:9.
But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. (2 Pet 1:9 NIV)
52. The third form of blindness is the blindness of eternal perspective.
53. Visual agnosia is a neurological disorder which prevents a person from seeing as a whole.
54. Let me explain.
55. This condition causes the victim to identify some details about a friend's face such a big nose or trimmed mustache.
56. But the victim is prevented from recognizing the friend when shown a picture of his complete face.
57. The equivalent condition in the spiritual realm is when a Christian runs from one spiritual experience to another.
58. But this same person fails to put everything into eternal perspective.
59. The Pharisees were suffering from spiritual agnosia.
60. They would prefer that the blindman remain blind for the rest of his life rather than have their own interpretation of the Sabbath rule be violated.
61. The interpretation was more important to them than the truth.
62. This is a form of spiritual blindness.
63. There are religious people today who are so bogged down with the same problem.
64. They focus on some little regulation. Or some legalism and they miss the whole picture.
65. There are some of whom Jesus said:
66. In Matthew 23:24
you blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. (Matt 23:24 NIV)
67. The fourth type of blindness is the blindness of our own faults.
68. This is like the woman who became very agitated by the continuous hacking cough of her own pet parrot.
69. So she took it to the veterinarian.
70. A veterinarian examined the bird and declared the bird is perfectly healthy.
71. It turned out; that what the parrot was doing was merely imitating the raspy bark of its cigarette smoking owner.
72. Jesus warned against finding the sliver in your neighbor's eye and ignoring the log in your own eye.
73. Then there is a fifth form of blindness
74. Is the blindness to money.
75. A small coin held close to the eye can block out the sun.
76. To most people, money is like a shoe.
77. If the amount they have is too small it pinches and irritates.
78. But if it is too large, it causes them to stumble and fall.
79. The sixth form of blindness is the blindness of hate.
80. In 1 John 2:11
but whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him. (I Jn 2:11 NIV)
81. John is saying that when your heart is full of hatred toward somebody... it will hurt you the most.
82. Because, you will stumble and you will fall.
83. You will go from hitting the door to hitting the table.
84. You will go from bumping into the wall and bruising your head... to falling down the stairs and breaking your back.
85. Hatred is blindness that Christians need to be delivered from.
86. Then there is a seventh form of blindness
87. It is the blindness of half hearted commitment.
88. Jesus sends a message to the lukewarm believers in Laodicea saying, in Revelation 3:17-18.
you say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. (Rev 3:17‑18 NIV)
89. My listening friend let me ask you a question.
90. What blindness are you suffering from today?
91. Whatever it is, Jesus can deliver you and heal you just like he healed the blind man in John Chapter 9.
92. The power of Jesus can restore your spiritual sight today.
93. One of the very first transplant operations took place in the United States in 1951.
94. The man was a South African citizen who received the eyes from a dead man from Michigan.
95. When he finally returned home from South Africa to see his family for the first time,
96. The South African newspapers carried the headlines; "He will see his family through the eyes of a dead man."
97. How true it is.
98. For it is through a dying man on the cross that your spiritual sight becomes possible.
99. Through the death of Christ... you can live.
100. Through the agony of Christ... you can see fully.
101. Through His separation from the Father for one moment on the cross, you can see all the way to eternity.
102. Through the closing of His eye and the delivering up of His soul your eyes can be opened and your soul saved.
103. Through His hanging on the cross you are lifted up.
104. Pliny was the Roman governor in Asia Minor in the early second century.
105. He was puzzled about Christians who were often brought to him for trial.
106. So he wrote what has now become a famous letter to the Emperor Trajan.
107. Here is what Pliny found himself up against.
108. I quote from the letter
109. A certain unknown Christian was brought before me... finding little fault in him; I proceeded to threaten him.
110. I will banish you! I said.
111. You can't, said the man,
112. For all the world is my Father's house.
113. Then I will slay you, I said.
114. You can not answered the Christian, For my life is hid with Christ in God.
115. I will take away your possessions, I contended.
116. You can't! My treasure is in heaven, replied the Christian.
117. I will drive you away from humanity and you will have no friends left, was my final threat.
118. But the clear reply came once again from that Christian... You can't!
119. For I have an unseen friend from whom you are not able to separate me.
120. Pliny finally concluded by asking the Emperor;
121. What is a poor harassed Roman governor with all the powers of life and death, torture and the stake at his disposal... what is he to do with people like that?
122. Finally, I want you to notice how this blind man had grown in his faith in a very short period of time.
123. He goes from referring to Jesus in v.17 as, A man called Jesus. . .
124. To declaring him a prophet.
125. Next, the man calls Jesus a Man of God in v.33.
126. Finally, in v.38, the man recognized Jesus as the Lord and he worshiped Him.
127. Let me ask you my listening friend.
128. Where is the area of your blindness?
129. Put your finger on it.
130. Then, lift it up to Jesus, and He will restore your sight.
131. Until we meet again I wish you God’s riches blessing.