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If you were with us last week, you remember that our sermon last week was going to flow right into this sermon today...
to the degree that last week’s sermon may not have felt like it ENDED...
If you remember - the last slide we showed last week said - TO BE CONTINUED...
What we saw last week in chapter 9 of John was - An Investigation...
A miracle took place - Eyes were opened (man born blind)
An investigation ensued
Findings were discovered
And then a Verdict was rendered
And what we did last week was actually COMPARE that investigation with ANOTHER investigation we find in scripture...
it just happened to be in Genesis chapter 3...
the FALL of Mankind...
WHY DID WE GO THERE?
Because in Genesis chapter 3, we also find another INSTANCE of EYES BEING OPENED...
it was just ANOTHER kind of opening...
So each CHAPTER deals with EYES BEING OPENED...
So they SHARE that between them...
But they ALSO SHARE something else...
…the KIND of VERDICT that was rendered...
In GENESIS 3 - we see God CAST Adam and Eve - OUT of the Garden...
God was the judge - and so God was CASTING SIN out of the Garden...
In John 9 (our chapter today) - we saw the Pharisees CAST the man born blind (now seeing) - OUT of the Synagogue...
The Pharisees were Judge - and so the Pharisees actually CAST TRUTH out of the Synagogue
This is now where we pick up for today...
The man born blind, who received his sight from Jesus....was just cast out of the synagogue for PROCLAIMING the truth of Jesus and for CALLING INTO QUESTION the Pharisees...
The main theme of this passage, and in turn, this whole chapter…is this…
Why Jesus Came:
And Jesus reveals the reason He came in v39, which will be our focus today.
Let’s start there, and then branch out to where we need to go as we move along.
NOW - I tried to chew on this verse all week…
there were times that I thought it was going down smoothly…
and there were times that I would gag…
It seems that every commentator had a different take on this verse as far as what Jesus really meant…SO
It seems that they too have gagged a bit on this verse over the years…
I think where we need to start is to state the obvious…
SLIDE: Why Jesus Came: For Judgment
Why Jesus Came
What we know about the holy Judgment of God is that it leads to EITHER - LIFE - or - DEATH
Not only that - but we also know what DETERMINES which side the judgment will fall on…
What leads to a VERDICT of LIFE/Salvation?
We can see that we are saved - By Faith Alone in Christ Alone…
NOW - part of this SAVING Faith - is repentance
Repentance is the Declaration that we have offended God and therefore ask forgiveness for that offense.
It is a humbling of the soul before God
Jesus makes it crystal clear in Luke 5
And so what i want us to hold onto is this - that REPENTANCE deals with SIN…
And so SINCE we ALL as Christians will DEAL with SIN for the rest of our lives on this earth…we’re called as Christians to keep with REPENTING…
SO - Repentance deals with SIN
Remember = we’re looking at what leads to a verdict of - LIFE?
Answer? - FAITH - and a part of that FAITH is - repentance
This is what leads to a judgment/verdict of LIFE/Salvation...
SLIDE: Judgment of Christ: Examines Faith (Repentance)
Judgment of Christ
SO THAT MEANS - that what leads to the OPPOSITE VERDICT…
what leads to DEATH would be - a LACK of faith…and therefore - a LACK of repentance
NOW - in our passage today, we see Jesus mention that He came for JUDGMENT…
So as we look at this, I think we need to have FAITH and REPENTANCE in mind…
Let’s read thru the passage again…and let’s see all of it on one slide...
SLIDE: Whole Passage
What I want to ask about is this…When we look at this passage as a whole… we KNOW Jesus is talking about Judgment…therefore...
Do we see Faith and Repentance discussed?
What do we see before v39?
What is Jesus inquiring about?
Jesus finds the man - and asks him - Do you BELIEVE in the Son of Man?
In v38 the man says - Lord, i BELIEVE…
So before v39 we see Jesus inquiring about this man’s - FAITH
So Faith is present in this passage about Judgment…which means BY DEFAULT that repentance is present....BUT...
I would contend that Repentance is actually HIGHLIGHTED in this passage...
I believe it is Mentioned in v39…And UNPACKED by Christ in v40-41.
So let’s zoom in now on v39 - v41...
So here’s what we’re going to try and do at this point...
FIGURE OUT what Jesus meant in v39...
And you might say - well DOES IT REALLY MATTER…what He meant…we know what Christianity is.
I asked myself this same question this week...
Does it really matter?
And i concluded that it does…because the meaning of this verse is going to help us as we walk out of here today...
IN HOW WE APPROACH the world...
a good reminder for us.
SO - let’s get to it.
Basically, the question stems from this thinking...
When we read v39, we see there are 2 groups of people that Jesus is addressing...
“Those who do not see”
“Those who see”
Well - if we apply “spiritualness” to everything in this verse, would that make sense?
Let’s try it...
“Jesus said, “For judgment I came into the world, that those who do not see spiritually, may see spiritually, (sounds good), and those who see spiritually, may become spiritually blind.”
- no, that can’t be it.
So what does He mean here?
I THINK - we’re going to have to go elsewhere in scripture to SET THE STAGE for us...
to GATHER some info…some TRUTH...
Before we come back here and understand what Jesus is saying here...
And I actually think there are 2 ways to view this verse 39.
There is a PRECISE interpretation of the verse - which we’ll walk through first...
BUT - i also think we can view the verse in a way that is TRUE - and will also help arm us as we leave today - to engage the community.
So first up - what I feel is the precise interpretation!
Let’s go to Luke 18:14
This verse here closes out the story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector...
and I believe this verse explains to us what Jesus meant in v39 of our passage today.
Let’s look at both...
SLIDE: John 9:39 / Luke 18:14
*Explain the dichotomies in Luke 18
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