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The Worship of the Blind Man

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recap previous weeks,
summarize the Woes and the Witness
the current theme is “not and earned salvation, but a free gift… what is our response”
Lets remember too the theological setting...
Feast of Tabernacles
eight day festival remembering the wilderness, chaos and sin as well as enslavement to foreign gods, but also looking forward to a global participation in booth with YHWH in the midst...
just think about Christmas, you don’t forget it the next day...
Jesus’ Declaration of Divinity
Jesus is closing in on the endgame of His mission
this blind man is going to experience the power of these two points...
john 9:35-41
John 9:35–41 NKJV
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him. And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.
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Jesus is great, he hears whats happened and goes to again meet the dude where he is at… Jesus cares
mini sermon about us, what do we do when we hear of someone situation?
Jesus hits him with the Q...
the mans answer says it all… Lord...
The New American Commentary: John 1–11 (5) The Powerful Example of the Blind Man (9:1–41)

The question that Jesus asked him concerning his believing in the Son of Man probed him to the very core of his being. Here believing did not mean the mere acceptance of signs (cf. 2:23–25) but the active commitment of himself to the Son of Man, who brought God’s hope and forgiveness to the world. The man had already proven himself to be faithful in spite of his never having seen Jesus. As such he was a preresurrection example of the believers who were to come (cf. 20:29), and he also faced persecution as the Christians would experience it in the postresurrection era (cf. 15:18–16:4; also Matt 10:17–18).

Kyrios...
this man knew what He was saying, he knew something was afoot...
at a closer look, this man knew messiah was to come, and wanted to side with him...
what he does next...

The Worship of the Blind Man.

The New American Commentary: John 1–11 (5) The Powerful Example of the Blind Man (9:1–41)

The use here of the term proskynein (“worship”) as applied to Jesus is unique in this Gospel. While the term can be used in secular parlance for rendering “obeisance” or prostrating oneself before another human and kissing the person’s feet in an act of utmost respect, in the biblical context the term, when applied to God, is meant to signify worship. Some scholars, like Schnackenburg and Beasley-Murray, do not consider that the expression means the man “worshiped” Jesus, even though that is what the text says. But they consider that it means worshiping God since for them the stage of authentic believing in Jesus had not yet been reached in the Gospel of John. I regard this story, however, to be a high point in the Festival Cycle as far as a confession of Jesus is concerned.245 Moreover, when taken together, the unique use of “Lord” and the linkage to “believing” and “worship” (of a God figure) all function as a window into the Thomas confession of “My Lord and my God!” (20:28). Coming from a blind man who committed himself to the truth of transformation without having seen his transformer in person, his confession illustrates Jesus’ blessing announced to Thomas upon those who would believe without seeing (cf. 20:29).

he believed and it changed his life,

does our belief change our life?

worship as living...
we say about praise...
but it is so much more...

has worship shaped your life?

what is worship biblically?
“True worship is based on a right understanding of God’s nature, and it is a right valuing of God’s worth.” - John Piper
Romans 12:1 NKJV
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
John 4:24 NKJV
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4

Spirit and in Truth.

it should change us…
1 thessalonians 5:12-
1 Thessalonians 5:12–22 NKJV
And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
it should be our everyday thing...
remember the quote “right valuing of God’s worth”
So, here is my summary: The inner essence of worship is to know God truly and then respond from the heart to that knowledge by valuing God, treasuring God, prizing God, enjoying God, being satisfied with God above all earthly things. And then that deep, restful, joyful satisfaction in God overflows in demonstrable acts of praise from the lips and demonstrable acts of love in serving others for the sake of Christ.
our heart needs to be in it, we cant fake it, it cant become routine...
the Pharisees...
John 9:40–41 NKJV
Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.
John 9:
Self deception...
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