What had happened was…
Synopsis of sermon 02/28/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Text: John 9:1-4, 23-25 says 1And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work … 23Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. 24Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.25He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
All of us have had moments in our lives where God has literally blown our minds. Have you ever gone through a situation where God worked it out for you and all you could do is just sit back and say “God your amazing”? We knew God was able, but we did not think it would turn out the way it did. Often times these things happen after moments where we have allowed ourselves to believe that what we are going through is terminal. Many of us have had experiences where the enemy has made us believe that our circumstances are permanent. Many of us have privately begun to contemplate if we are ever going to come out of what we are going through. We wonder if this is the way this thing is going to end, is this the way our life is going to play out, are we cursed, does God really know, does God really care, or does anyone really know how hard this thing really is? No matter how long you have been in church and no matter how spiritual you are, all of us have had those moments where we wondered was it ever going to get better. Does anyone know? Is there anyone connected to us?
In the text we are introduced to a man who was nameless in the scripture. The bible calls him a blind man. He is on the side of the road and the text suggests that the disciples along with Jesus pass by. Jesus takes note of the blind man and what is interesting to know is, no matter how private your pain is, Jesus is aware. He is not only is aware, but he will stop and see about you. The songwriter said his eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches out for me.
The disciples look at this particular man and he has been blind and all they can remember is what the Levitcal Law tries to implicate. Levitcal Law suggests that this man’s blindness was a result of someone’s sin. If you recall, when Job went through his dilemma, his friends questioned him asking if he had done something to bring this dilemma upon himself. In the text Jesus declares to the disciples this is not a result of a sin this man has done. Jesus declares that this moment is for the glory of God that the works of God may be manifest through this moment. God has allowed some circumstances in your life to create a moment where his glory can be manifest in the moment. Without the things you have gone through, you would never be in position for this moment. Sometimes when God does it, it will be so amazing; it will create a lot of questions around you. People will wonder how this happened to somebody like you. Statistically we shouldn’t be here. How can something like this happen in your life based on what we know about your past? It is in this moment that words will become illusive to you and you will not be able to put together a sentence structure. Sometimes you will just sit back and you will get tired of all the questions and say what had happened was, I was just sitting back minding my own business and God came in and turned my life around. God sent this word to tell you that he is about to blow your mind. There is some stuff that the enemy is going to use to try and convince you that you will have to live with and struggle with forever. Know that God has come today to show up in your situation and he is about to turn that thing around for you.
Now let’s walk through this together. The scripture says the man is not only blind. It is not only a spiritual calamity, but it is also a physical issue. How do you go through life when you have been prohibited by a vision problem?
I. Prohibited by a vision problem
1. The bible says that the man is blind. We can spend a lot of time wondering what kind of blindness the man had, but what is important here is to know that the man simply could not see. The spiritual revelation is that people are perishing because they have no vision. When your outlook on life has been obstructed, when you can’t see beyond where you are because of carnal cataracts, when you are unable to receive the gospel, because of some kind of gospel glaucoma, you get to a point where you say to God that your desire in life is to see.
2. Here is this man who is on the side of the road and for days and weeks, people just pass by him. People begin to label him as being in darkness. Blindness is when something spiritually has blocked your vision.
Spiritual blindness does this to us:
a. Puts us into darkness. We won’t be able to see beyond where we are. Often looking through life through the prism of other people’ reality. Out of the darkness we become dependent of other people.
b. Makes us dependant- When you are in darkness, you can’t see for yourself, so you depend on other to bring you there. How was the man able to get to the side of the road every day? He was dependant on people to bring him there. Some of us have spiritual sight that is based or relied on what others see. God wants us to live off what he can show us.
c. We come to a point of desperation. – The opinion of the disciples is that the blind man is blind because of what he has done. This makes him viewed as a villain. John 9:1says 1And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.- So we know the man was born blind. John 9:2-3 says 2And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. – It is important for us to know that God does not punish us as a result of our sin nature. If that was the case, we would all be blind, deaf, or mute. God uses things to encourage us and help others to know who he really is.
3. Jesus says he has to make fore proof of his public ministry. John 9:4-5 says 4I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. – Jesus says he must do his work before his time is up. In verse 5 he says as long as he is in the world, he is the light of the world. In others words, “I am” is the light. “I am” is the way he used to introduce himself. Remember when he said “ I am” the truth and the light. He said “ I am “ the good shepherd. He said, “I am “ the true vine and “ I am “ the resurrection. Who is going to get you back in school? “I am” is. The only way. Who is going to work it out for you? “I am” is. Whatever isn’t in your life, God says he will show up and be the “I am”. Why you are contemplating how a thing is going to work out, remember that he is. The only way you can know the “I am”, you have to be put in a situation where you get to know him for yourself. This is why we thank God for all we have been through. If we’d never been broke, we would never know God can pay the bill. If we were never sick, we could never know that he could heal our body.
4. What do you do when you are prohibited by vision problem? You have to know that your dilemma is designed for your deliverance.
II. Dilemma is designed for deliverance.
1. When you in a situation where you can’t see how you come out, remember that this dilemma is designed for deliverance.
2. You have to participate in the victory process. John 9:6-7 says 6When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. – Remember in verse 1, we learned that the man was born blind. By verses 6 and 7, he was seeing. It was the blind man’s willingness to participate in the victory process that made it possible for the miracle to take place. You can’t take the victory if you are not willing to do what God says to do.
3. What God asks you to do may not make sense, but you have to be willing to do it. Verse 6 says Jesus spat on the ground. He took something from himself and put it on something we came from (dust, clay…). Adam means of the ground. You must understand regardless of composition of the spit, it is part of the anointing. Anything within Jesus is equated with the anointing. The bible says blood and water streamed down from Jesus when he was crucified. Water is synonymous of life. Jesus means anointed one. However it flows out of Jesus, it is still the anointed. Jesus took the anointing from himself and put it on something that we were made from (clay). He mixed up his spit and some clay and made clay. Jeremiah says he saw the wheel from the potter, and he was the clay in the potter’s hands. If you don’t have the anointing, you will resist what God wants to do in your life. He took the clay and put it on the man’s eyes. It looked a mess, but it was a part of the process. If this man had been able seen Jesus make clay with the spit, he would have resisted. This may have been a good thing. Jesus doesn’t always want us to see where the blessing came from. We don’t have to see the whole process, as long as we leave seeing.
4. Like the spit and the clay, your mess I part of the process. This mess is a prelude to our miracle. Verse 7 says 7And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.- God told him to go. The pool of Siloam represents where we have been sent. God wants you to go to the pool of Siloam to wash. God is trying to work this mess off of us. We all got mess on us and we need a good washing.
5. The water at the pool of Siloam represents;
a. Irrigation (life) – God sends the blind man to place of life. He is about to do something is about to change his life.
b. Agitation (tension work) – Represents the work it takes to get the stuff done in order for the miracle to happen.
c. Irrigation (when it hurts) – Sometimes when you use shampoo, it gets into your eyes. Sometimes the cleansing can hurt and cause pain. It isn’t always easy, but it is necessary.
d. Sterilization (clean) -God will ask you do crazy stuff sometimes. You have to be willing to do whatever is necessary to get your breakthrough. Moses says God made a sidewalk in the middle of the Red Sea. David will tell you that all he had was sling, but he was able slay a giant. Abraham says he was 99 yrs old and his was 89, yet they were able to have a baby. Noah says it hadn’t rained in forever and yet God sent a flood. The widow gave what was supposed to be here last meal to a stranger, yet she never run out because she honored the prophet.
III. Power of vocal praise
1. You have to learn to open your mouth and give God the glory. 2 Timothy 2:8 says 8Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: — Says don’t be ashamed of your testimony. This man encounters people that will bring:
a. Confusion of the people- From verse 8-25 we have a series of questions. The miracle is over after verses 1-7. Beginning with verse 8-12 the blind man is able to see, but the confusion of the people begins. The neighbors wanted to know if this man was really blind. There will be people that have problems wrapping their mind around your change.
b. Contemplation of the Pharisees- The people in the scripture begin to have theological discussions about what happen. They were upset with Jesus, because he made the clay on the 7th day or the Sabbath Day. Religious people will question what God has done in your life.
c. Concern of the parents-Now they want to check the validity. His parents were scared of the Jews. There comes a time where you have to put your children in a place where they have to answer for themselves. John 9:23-2523Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. 24Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. 25He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. – The Jewish leaders wanted the blind man to give honor to God and Jesus as a sinner. The blind man boldly tells them whether Jesus was a sinner or not, all he knew was because of him, now he could see. Ex- A few years ago Lenox Lewis and Mike Tyson went against each other in a boxing match. Bishop explains that he was in the nose bleed section with a friend, but Bishop was just happy being in the midst of others that were considered high rollers. Where he and his friend sat, they could see stars like Denzel Washington, but they could barely see the ring. Again, Bishop explains he was just happy to be there. He got to asking around about how much tickets cost for this event, because he was only there on a favor. Somebody used a favor to allow him to go. He found out that tickets for this event cost around $22,000, so again he was just glad to be there and not have to pay. All of a sudden Don King who was sitting in the box seats above them, spotted Bishop Walker and his friend. The next thing he knew an usher comes and says that the king (Don King) says he wanted them to have seat on the floor. They were lead right down to the second row. These were great seats. To the right of him was Denzel Washington and on the other side was Halle Berri. They wanted to know how a preacher got the opportunity to sit down front with them. They were not used to this. They were uncomfortable having a preacher in the midst of them. Bishop says what had happened was, Don King sent somebody to change their seats. The king saw their dilemma and he sent a word down and the next thing they knew, their situation was upgraded. They were now sitting on the floor. God will do the same for us. The King looks down and sees our situation and he changes our circumstances. Where we couldn’t see, after he sent his word, now we can see! Remember, what happened was …