Friday, January 25, 2019

Believing by Faith

Believing by Faith
John 9 

John’s writings are straightforward in describing Jesus as deity. He was accused of breaking the Sabbath when He healed an invalid man after thirty-eight years of being bedridden. He called God his Father, making Himself equal with God. This infuriated the Jews and why they were seeking to kill Him. In John 8, He calls Himself, “The Light of the World,” and “before Abraham was, I AM.” After hearing this, the crowd picked up stones to throw at Him, but He hid and left the temple because it was not yet His time.

In John 9, Jesus passes by a man born blind. His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents… ?” “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” The Jews brought the man who was formerly blind to the Pharisees. (Jesus made mud and opened his eyes on the Sabbath). 

The Jews didn’t believe the man had been born blind, so they asked his parents. The parents were fearful to speak and said, “He is of age, you ask him about his blindness.” The parents didn’t want to be put out of the synagogue by the Jews for it had already been said, “if anyone confessed Jesus to be the Christ they are not allowed.” They reviled (angrily criticized) the man that once was blind and cast him out of the assembly.

Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and went to find the man to ask, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” After finding out who Jesus was, the man said, “Lord, I believe, and he worshiped him.” Jesus will die on the cross after using the phrase, “Son of Man” over 80 times and notably, He used it more than any other title. The proclamation by Jesus that He was the“Son of Man” holds great value in saying, “He is the One given everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, or be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).

Lord, by faith, I believe.

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