News for the week of Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sunday School Lesson — Explore the Bible
Nov. 10:Doubting Jesus’ Power?
By Ricky Campbell

Focal Passage: John 9:1-41

Chapter 9 introduces us to a man who was born blind but was healed on the Sabbath day. The disciples asked Jesus who had sinned, the blind man or his parents that caused him to be blind. It was believed that babies, even in the womb, could sin and that this man’s condition could have been of his own doing from before birth. The Lord responds by saying, “That neither this man, or his parents had sinned causing him to be blind, but he was born blind in order to bring glory to God.” Maybe you have a physical handicap and wonder why the Lord has made you this way. Let me just say that God made you the way you are to bring glory to Himself. If you have to live with a handicap all your life and have trusted Christ for your salvation, one day you will be perfect in every way. God is going to give you a new glorified body, a body fashioned like the resurrected body of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 The Lord spit on the ground and made clay, then, He put the clay into the blind man’s eyes and told him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. The blind man obeyed and was given sight for the first time in his entire life. It was at the pool of Siloam that the water was drawn for the ceremonies which were connected to the feast of tabernacles. These ceremonies were to commemorate the fact that God provided water for the nation of Israel while in the wilderness. In chapter seven, verse 37, we have already heard Jesus give the invitation, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink”. Now once again the pool of Siloam is being used to make the point of just who Jesus claims to be. Jesus is claiming to be the sent one from God who is the provider of light and water and life. The Lord could have healed this man without sending him to the pool of Siloam, but He didn’t; the Lord is making a point of His Deity.

The religious leaders begin questioning the man who had been healed and he tells them that it was Jesus who had opened his eyes. The response was quick and filled with hate. Jesus had broken the Sabbath and therefore He was not of God. The man who had been healed responded that a sinner could not do such a miracle, He must be from God, and He must be a prophet. The very ones who claimed that they could see are now the ones who are blind, and the one who once was blind, now can see. Because these Pharisees hated Jesus so much they had threatened to excommunicate anyone who said that He was the Messiah, and after pushing the man who was healed to the limit, the man who had yet to see the Lord was willing to lose his position in the life of Israel because of the healing power of the one he knew only as Jesus.

 After the man was put out of the synagogue, Jesus heard about his plight and went searching for him. When He found him the Lord asked the question, “Do you believe on the Son of God?” The man responded, “Who is he, Lord, that I might believe? Jesus said, “You both see him and it is he who is talking with you.” Upon hearing these words he said, “I believe,” and fell down and worshiped the Lord Jesus. He now sees that Jesus is more than a prophet; Jesus is the Son of God!

— Campbell is pastor of First Baptist Church, Mountain City.


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