Marvel Part 6

Jesus Helps A Man Gain Both His Physical and Spiritual Sight.

Tim Lundy
Apr 11, 2021    41m
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A story from John chapter 9 examines a miracle that teaches us that Jesus can heal both our physical sight and our spiritual sight. There are many of us that have our eyesight, yet struggle to see the truth and promises of Jesus Christ. Video recorded at Los Gatos, California.

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Tim Lundy: 00:02 Venture, this weekend, we finish the Marvel series. And I've been so appreciative all throughout this series, those of you who've emailed, you shared your stories, and especially those of you who've been willing to go on camera. Dwight and Mary, thank you for sharing your story, just to hear the miracles of what God has done in your story and in your life that continue today. And throughout all of this, we've been looking not only what God did in history when he walked on this planet, but what he's still doing, the amazing ways that he shows up. In this series, we've been looking at the book of John, and John just picks a few of Jesus's miracles. There's only about seven or eight listed in the book, and he said he picked those specific ones that we would believe in Him, that we would really believe that he did what he came to do. And last week we celebrated the greatest miracle, with Easter.

Tim Lundy: 00:55 But you know, there's one more story in this book, one more miracle that I purposely skipped, because I wanted to finish the series with it. Because in it, we're going to see a man who goes on a journey, it's a journey where he receives sight. But even beyond that, not just physical site, it's spiritual sight as well. Read with me, if you've got your Bibles turn to John chapter 9, and we're going to go through the text. John tells a story better than I can. But as we go through it and you look at it, "Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, they asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”. Again, this shows a lot of their thinking, frankly, it shows the thinking of the world today. They see a man and he was born blind, and there's the natural assumption that somebody did something wrong. And so either his parents sinned, and there was even a thought that a child could sin in the womb, he did something before he was even here that caused him to be blind. And if you look at it, there's a propensity that we have in the world today, it's this sense of karmic justice. That somehow you did something wrong, then something wrong happens to you. Or if you experienced something wrong, you can trace it back to something wrong. And so good people should only have good things, and bad people have bad things.

Tim Lundy: 02:21 Now, we know this isn't true, we know this isn't how God works. We know it's because of sin, because of death, that came because of our choices, that we experienced any of these tragedies. But Jesus explicitly addressed it, he said, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents." Don't blame anybody, don't be looking for the blame in it. In fact, "It's that the works of God might be displayed in him." God's going to do something in him. "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work." And this phrase here, he says, "As I'm in the world, I am the light of the world." I'm going to show everyone I'm the light of the world.

Tim Lundy: 03:08 And before we jump into the story, this is such an important principle, as we think about this context, as we think about wrestling, because I think it's important for us. When you experience tragedy, when you experience sickness or death, when something goes wrong, we are just like, the disciples, we're just like the culture of that day, we're looking so quick for something to blame. We immediately moved to the why, why did this happen? I want you to notice what Jesus does here, he doesn't answer the why. And I've told you throughout this series, there's a lot of the mysteries of God I don't understand, the ways he works, the ways he doesn't work at times. And so God doesn't always answer the why, but there's a place to not just focus on the why, but move to the what.

Tim Lundy: 03:58 Here's what I mean in that, you see the points. In tragedy, we can focus on why it happens, or we can focus on what God can do through it. And there's a choice here, it's a hard choice. And anytime you've experienced tragedy, anytime you go through a hard time, all of us wrestle with the why. Why God, why did this happen? But you can get locked up in that if you don't make a choice to go, I'm not going to keep trying to answer something that can't be answered, the why question, you'll never discover why. But I can move to the what, what did you want to do with this, God, what do you want to do through this? And here's the thing you can know if you're a child of God, here's the promise we have in scripture in that, in any and every circumstance, God can work for his glory and our good. Jesus says, I'm working in this man's life, you guys want to know why, I want to tell you what I'm doing right now. And I'm working in a way that I can bring glory to God, but he'll also bring good in the circumstance.

Tim Lundy: 05:10 And I would encourage you, I'd just say, if your experiencing maybe a season in life, or maybe you've experienced tragedy, or you find yourself wrestling with that 'why'. It's important if you'd make the choice to trust God and say, maybe I don't know why, but I'm going to trust that you're doing something here God. It helps us frame our expectations that we don't live life expecting that it will be trouble-free, or when trouble comes, we just get so disappointed in it, it's hard to get out of it.

Tim Lundy: 05:44 I was reminded of the story. David Hajdu is a reporter, and one night he was in a jazz club and he would report kind of on the arts beat and different things. And he had the opportunity to hear the jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, and you know, Marsalis, is just one of the greatest in our country. And he was in this concert, and he's about to finish it up, and he was doing this old number from 1930 entitled, I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You, it's a sad song. And he was writing about it and listening to it, and he said, it was like the trumpet was weeping, he was able to just milk every drop out of it. And he was down to that last line where it just, every note, I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance...And right in that moment, somebody's cell phone went off, just this ugly ring, you know, the ring tone [inaudible], and the whole room kind of gasped. It was like, the moment was gone. And Hajdu you actually wrote on his pad where he was working on his story, he wrote, magic ruined. This ugly ringtone has ruined the magic of the moment. But here's where it really got interesting, because Marsalis, the creative genius that he was, he immediately played the ring tone on his trumpet, bup, bup, bup, bup, bup, bup, and everybody laughed. Then he played it again, then he changed the key, then he started working off of it. He started composing on the spot using the ring tone, and weaving it, and before anybody had realized it, he wove the ringtone back to the original song, and he finished out those last two notes that were waiting. And everybody looked at it in awe, that he had the ability to take what was ruined and create something beautiful, even magical, in that moment.

Tim Lundy: 08:08 You know, this is just a glimpse of the creativity and the ability our God is able to do in our lives. Guys, events will come, and it feels like the moment is ruined. Or maybe you're in a place where you go, yeah, I've experienced something in my life, and it's never going to get better. It doesn't change the pain of that, it doesn't change what happened to you, but you've got to trust that our God is able to take even these hard, ugly events and weave them into something beautiful in you and through you. That's what we're going to see in this story, he doesn't change the fact that this guy went through the pain of being blind from birth, and he's an adult. Doesn't change all those years, but you're going to see God do something beautiful. And I would hope as you read this story, you would trust the same God, that he can weave the events of your life too.

Tim Lundy: 09:16 As we read on in the story, read with me, "Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva." That's kind of a gross way of doing it, you go, Jesus, out of all the ways you could heal this guy, he knows exactly what he's doing here though, there's never a wasted motion. And it's always interesting to me, Jesus heals in all these different ways, he always knows exactly why he's doing what he's doing. See, "He took the mud, he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent)." So he doesn't even heal him right there, the man has to now go down to the pool of Siloam. He had to climb down by the temple, right next to the wall of Jerusalem, is one of the pools. King Hezekiah put in a whole series of pools in order to protect the city if it was ever under siege. And so the pool of Siloam, the sent pool, the man is sent there. And he goes there and he washes, he's got to make his way down the step down the hillside, get all the way down to the pool, wash this mud that Jesus has put across his face. And he washed, and here's the great news, "He came back seeing."

Tim Lundy: 10:26 Now, again, sometimes we think these miracles are as simple as just kind of, his eyes work. But you need to realize, when someone has gone this many years without seeing, especially from birth, you know, now with medical technology, they're able to give sight to people that were blind from an early age or from birth. And there's this first euphoria that they can now see, but you've got to remember, the brain has never been trained to process it. And so even though they can take in things, they struggle with sorting out, what am I seeing, they struggle with facial expressions, they struggle with processing in it. In fact, a lot of people that have been through that, they feel like they're caught in no man's land because they were so used to using their other senses before, and now with sight, they don't know how to process it, and a lot of them go from euphoria to discouragement because it's a long learning curve to be able to process it. So here's the amazing thing when Jesus heals, we saw it with the man who was lame from birth, he didn't just heal the legs, he healed the whole pathway in the brain as well. And it's not just the healing of the eyes, this guy comes back seeing, he's processing everything. Jesus heals the whole, he puts the ability there all the way from the eyes and the brain to be able to process all of it, to be able to interact with it, unbelievable miracle. So much so that the people around can't really believe it's this guy, is that the same guy we've always known? His neighbors don't believe it at first.

Tim Lundy: 12:04 And then someone turns him in to the Pharisees. Do you remember that group, that they didn't like Jesus, they're very rigorous about the law, especially their laws, and so they called the man in. Read with me, "They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed..." And let's see how many times they talk about this mud that Jesus made and put on his eyes. "I washed and I see. Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” Now we've faced this before in some of the other stories, when Jesus heals, a lot of times he does it on the Sabbath day.

Tim Lundy: 12:52 And remember, God had very explicit laws about the Sabbath, what you could and couldn't do. But not only that, the Pharisees and the scribes they had added to those laws, they'd come up with their own rules. You know, they actually had a rule that said you could not make a medicine, or even an eye ointment on the Sabbath? That was considered work if you created a salve, and that's basically what Jesus had done, he'd gone, made mud, created an ointment, a salve. He knew exactly what he was doing, this is one of their rules and they just say you can't do it. And as you read these stories, it's almost like Jesus goes out of his way to expose their rules. Because I think part of it, he wants to expose the silliness of when you're trapped in legalism like that, what it does to life.

Tim Lundy: 13:44 And so they hear this, they don't even look at the miracle, they just hear, Oh, he did that, he made it on the Sabbath, he's not from God. As you read on, "But other said..." Well, they're struggling here, there's a group, there's a division, even among the Pharisees, "...how can a man who is a sinner do such signs? I mean he actually healed a blind man, that's one of the main signs of Messiah. "There was a division among them." And so it continues on in the text with it, "So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” Now notice, remember I said this, guy's on a journey, he's on his own journey of discovery. And so is they're talking about, he looks at it and he goes, yeah, at the very least, Jesus must be a prophet, I mean he's got to be something special there to be able to do this.

Tim Lundy: 14:38 As they continue, look at the next section with me, "The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight." So here's the next tack with it, they go, we don't think you were really blind. Now he's been blind his whole life, but they're going to dispute that part, so, they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19and asked them, “Is this your son..." And notice how they put it, "...who you say was born blind?" Oh, likely story, he's been blind his whole life, but they don't want to believe it, "How then does he now see?” And his parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind." They're sticking just to the facts, they're not going to interpret anything, and we'll see why in a moment, "How he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself." Now, why are his parents being so nebulous? Look at the next verse and you'll see why, "(His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.). Now, to be put out of the synagogue, that's basically, this is the original cancel culture right here. I mean, your life was canceled, you had no place to worship, your social life was canceled, your business would be impacted by it. Everything, the synagogue was the root of the culture there, and these Pharisees controlled it, and this is their way of controlling them, and so his parents are scared to death.

Tim Lundy: 16:17 Think about it for a moment, they've already lived under the stigma that their whole life, people thought they did something sinful that their child was born blind. I mean, they lived under that stigma their whole life, now their child finally sees, and they're scared to death that they're going to get kicked out of their life, they're going to get canceled, just for declaring what Jesus had done. Do you feel the power movement in all this, they're not dumb. They call the man back in, ready with me, "For the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” Look at the irony of that, Jesus did this to bring glory to God, these guys can't see it for the life of them. They say the only way to give glory to God, is to deny what Jesus did, to call him something he's not. The blind man answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” See they're fixated on, we want to prove he did it the wrong way. They're so fixated on their rules, they're so fixated on their interpretation, they're so fixated on the way they see life, they can't see what's right in front of them."

Tim Lundy: 17:40 And the man's finally, he's had it, he starts getting a little salty with them. I love this part, he says, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” He's kind of poking back at him a little bit now, he's had it. And I think there comes with that, freedom, and he speaks with the freedom. I'm not going to be scared that you'll kick me out of synagogue, I'm not going to be scared with what you do to me. Good grief, I've spent my whole life blind, I see now, you're not going to intimidate me. Notice their response to this, "And they reviled him." That means they're talking down to him now, it gets personal now. It's no longer about the debate, it's about who we are and who you are. They say, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses." We're kind of an important deal, we're a big deal. "We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! Again, he's get a little salty here, "You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him." He goes, this is really strange, you keep calling him a sinner, but God opened my eyes, so God obviously listened to him. As he continues, "Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” Don't you realize, he has to be from God. Look at their response, "They answered him." And this is where it just gets so... "You were born in utter sin." Do you feel their bias? Do you feel their just disregard? You're obviously a sinner, you were born blind, we know what kind of person you are. "And would you teach us?” And they cast him out." They're done with him.

Tim Lundy: 19:47 But Jesus, isn't done with him, look as Jesus goes and finds him, "Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?" Do you believe the Son of Man is the title for the Messiah? I love how he answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him..." Notice how he puts it first, "You've seen him." You've physically see him, and now it's the one who's standing in front of you, "He's speaking to you." And I love this line, "He says, Lord, I believe." But he doesn't just believe, he worshiped him. And this wasn't just a step of belief in his life, it's a step of adoration, it's a step of where I'm going to build my life about you and around you.

Tim Lundy: 20:40 The Pharisees aren't done, final verses, Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Oh, is that what you're saying, we're the blind ones. Notice what Jesus said, "Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, if you were actually blind, you would have no guilt." If you actually had no way of seeing this, if you actually were blind to all of this truth that I'm teaching you, if you actually had never heard this before, you'd be guiltless. But here's the problem, "Now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains." See, your problem is, it's not that you can't see, it's that you won't see.

Tim Lundy: 21:31 See, you look at this story in it, and what you have basically is two different paths. One is a path to spiritual sight, we see it with the man, every step of the way. There's also a path to spiritual blindness, and this is the part that should be a warning for all of us, because I think it's easy for anybody to be like the Pharisees. It's easy for us to read these stories and look at it and go, oh, the Pharisees, they're just the bad guys in these stories. The Pharisees wrestle with the same thing that all of humanity wrestle with, especially when it comes to the truth of Jesus Christ. In fact, as you read through the story, just several things stood out. If you want to be on a path to spiritual blindness, here's what you see in that.

Tim Lundy: 22:19 First, choose your interpretation of truth, over God's revelation of truth. You choose your interpretation of truth over God's revelation of truth. See, they had interpreted what the Sabbath was supposed to be like, what was right, what was good, who was a sinner and who was not. They had taken God's good law, the things that he had laid out, and they had added all of their interpretations on top of it. And somewhere along the way, their interpretations mattered more to them than the actual revelation that God had given. And when Jesus stepped on the planet, when they literally have God himself in the flesh, right in front of them, they can't see it, they can't embrace it. Guys, this happens today, all the time, there are people all over the planet that have chosen their interpretation of the truth. Because the reality, all of us have to interpret truth in one way or another. Some of us interpret it, maybe through a religious grid, and so religions with that. Some philosophical, some, maybe you have a post-modern mindset that you go, can any of us really know truth? We've all been shaped by our own reality. You'll hear this a lot today, truth is what you to make it. I mean, even as you say that statement, if you believe that statement, what we're saying in that is, man, that's my interpretation of truth. It's whatever I want to make it, and I'm going to hold to that over what God has actually revealed is truth.

Tim Lundy: 24:00 I was reading in a statement by a professor at Wellesley, just in classical studies, Mary Lefkowitz, she said this. She said, "The notion that there are many truths might seem well-suited to a diverse society." She says, I mean, the idea that there's many truth, we like that in a diverse society. "But when everyone is free to define truth as he or she prefers, the result is an intellectual and moral shouting match, in which the people with the loudest voices are most likely to be heard." She wrote that 20 years ago, and I think today you look around a culture today, that's what, it just feels like a shouting match. Where everybody's screaming, my truth. No, my truth. And even as I say that, you're probably looking at me and you'll go, well, Tim, who says that you have the truth? I go, guys, I'm as fallen as anyone else, that's why as humanity, I think we have to look somewhere, and where I look is the revelation of the living truth of the person of Jesus Christ. And with what he did in human history, I really believe he's the truth. And then I also look to the written truth of what God spoke in the Bible, and from what I've studied it, the consistency of it, the impact of it, I believe those are the revelation of truth from God. And so for all of us, we have to, in humility, step back and go, am I holding onto an interpretation of what I think is truth higher than what God really revealed?

Tim Lundy: 25:44 Second part of that path is when you use your power to force conformity at all cost. Notice what they did, they used their powers, the Pharisees, the power of the synagogue, the power of the culture, the power of religion even. They use that power in a way that people are scared, and they're going to force people to conform to the way they see the world. I'll say that again, we see this all over the place, the whole idea of cancel culture. That if you don't agree, or if you don't say the right thing, or you don't do the right thing, we no longer have a culture where we can disagree with each other, we just cancel each other. And we use all of our power to cancel, and when I say that, we've got to be honest as Christians, we can do cancel culture too, with those that we disagree with.

Tim Lundy: 26:35 Here's all I'm saying in this, I don't think people make faith steps because they've been forced into it through power. In fact, it's interesting to me, the most powerful person in this story is not the Pharisees, with the power of the synagogue, it's Jesus. I mean, Jesus, at a moment's notice could have looked at all of them and go, you don't believe in mem and made all of them blind. He could have used his miraculous power to force it on them, but he doesn't do that does he? He uses his power to bring God glory, and for the good of this man, but for the opportunity for all of us to look at it and take a faith step of belief, not through force.

Tim Lundy: 27:26 The third thing you see on this path, is you assume you're right based on your status. And I see this with a lot of people, it's like, well, I must be right, you know how educated I am, you know how successful I am, and you know who I am. You know, we usually won't throw down that card is quick, but a lot of people think this. And I'll be honest, it's easy to have this mindset here in the Bay, because people are so smart, and so successful, and so educated in it. And it's easy in all those things, when the truth of who Jesus is, it can almost feel simplistic. And even when we talk about miracles like this, you might hear it and you just go, man, do you know who I am, do you know how educated I am, you're asking me to believe that?

Tim Lundy: 28:15 I was reading about Sir Kenneth Clark, he was a scholar, he did documentaries, he did the television
series entitled Civilization. And in his autobiography, it's interesting, he was talking about, he was not a Christian, never embraced Christ. But at one point in his life, while he was doing this travels around the world, he went into this beautiful church, and as he described it, he had a spiritual moment there. I mean, he just felt like, he wrote, he said my whole being was irradiated with this heavenly joy, more than anything I'd had before. He described it as this flood of grace, and it prompted in him this sense of conflict of, oh, maybe there is a God, maybe this whole area that I've written off could be true. But notice where he landed, he said, if I allow myself to be influenced by this, it's going to change. My family will probably think I've lost my mind, this could just be an illusion. He finally wrote in his autobiography, he said, I was too deeply embedded in the world to change my course at that point. And I read that with sadness, because I do think God was trying to get his attention, trying to get him to see this revelation of who he is and what he's done.

Tim Lundy: 29:41 The final part of this is, you just refuse to look and listen to what God is trying to show you. That's what Jesus said in those verses, he says, you guys won't look, it's not that you can't look, you won't look. You're like the little kid, you plug your ears and you close your eyes, and you go la, la, la, la, la, I don't want to hear this, I don't want to see this. He says, it's not that you can't, you won't. And I see this today, people that choose to be spiritually blind. Here's the three ways that shows up in it.

Tim Lundy: 30:11 One through antagonism, that's the Pharisees, we don't like what you're teaching, Jesus. We don't like what you're doing, this doesn't match our system, this doesn't match our beliefs, this strips us of the power that we had, this makes us have to be humbled in a way that we don't like, we don't like it, so we refuse to accept it. And there's a lot of people in the world today, they don't want to see it because they don't like it. And you may tell yourself, well, I just don't like church, I don't like the hypocrisy. I agree with you, there's a lot of things that maybe the church has done, or people have done, but that doesn't change the fact of what Jesus has done. And you've got a task yourself, am I going to really look and listen to this, or do I just allow my dislike of it to just stay antagonistic?

Tim Lundy: 31:07 You know, for other people it's not antagonism, they're just ambivalent, I just feel conflicted about it. And even as I'm talking, maybe you feel a little ambivalent. There's part of this, you go, yeah, maybe there's truth with that, I don't quite know what to do with it. You're a little bit like Kenneth Clark, that you go, man, if I really looked at it and embraced it, it would change my world too much, so I'll just keep it at arms distance. They'll just kind of stay out there, it's out there, I haven't rejected it completely, but I'm ambivalent. And the problem with ambivalence, maybe it's not as vocal as antagonism, but it ends in the same place of blindness, you know, further along the path.

Tim Lundy: 31:51 The final one I see, is just apathy. I just, I don't care right now. And I'll be honest, I see this with a lot of kids who've grown up in the church. We've got a whole generation that have kind of embraced, this as their way of not looking at it, I'm just apathetic toward it, I just don't care right now, and right now is the dangerous words in that. No matter if you've been exposed to truth, no matter what you've seen in it, you've just kind of decided I'm just not going to get too worried about it right now.

Tim Lundy: 32:25 And again, it seems like, well, I'm not antagonistic toward Christianity, you're still on the same path, it still ends up in the same place. And the reality of scripture, when you're on a path to spiritual blindness, when you're on a path that what that is is really just a path of hardness, it's not your physical eyes, it's eyes of your heart. And what the Bible describes that is, you're getting harder. It may be overt, or it may be real gentle, but it's a path to the same place. That's why I'd encourage you, I'd encourage you, you don't have to take that path.

Tim Lundy: 33:13 See, this story is about two different paths. We see the Pharisees on one, but I wanted to end with the positive part. Look at the man, look at the path to sight. What does the path to spiritual sight look like? It's real simple in this, first, just trust Jesus enough to step out by faith. This guy trusted Jesus enough, that when Jesus put mud on his face, he was willing to stumble down the hillside, get all the way to the pool of Siloam and wash. He trusted Jesus enough to take the next step. And I don't know what that is for you, I don't know if he's asking you to step out in a new way, I don't know if he's asking you to step out in your relationships, I don't know if he's asking you to step out and maybe reach out in prayer with him for the first time, I don't know if he's asking you to step out and obey his word in a way that you haven't before, and actually put his revelation over the way you've been doing life. But I would encourage you, however he's calling you to take the next step, trust him, take it.

Tim Lundy: 34:21 And as you do that, the second part don't be surprised or discouraged by opposition. Don't be surprised or discouraged if you face opposition, it's going to come, somebody's not going to like it. I mean, this man found himself cast out of the synagogue, this man found himself ostracized. But when you end the passage, is he upset about that? No, you find him at the feet of Jesus worshiping. And guys, the reality in the history of the church over the last 2000 years, most every group has faced opposition or persecution. We live in this anomaly in America, in this timeframe. We've lived under this blessing, that as Christians, we've not faced that kind of opposition or persecution before. Now, we feel things changing in our country, the culture is changing, the tide is changing, and we get overly alarmed almost, like the world's coming to an end because people are turning against us. And I want to go back to it and go, go back and read through the gospels, go look at the early church, look at people on this planet even today, that they face that opposition because they've centered their lives around Jesus. Because remember God is going to use it for his glory and for our good, and we can trust him in that, don't be discouraged.

Tim Lundy: 35:48 The final thing I would just say it, is humbly pursue Jesus as he will continue to reveal more to you. See, that's the key here, it's humility. Just like this man, he took his first step, the first step was to trust Jesus enough to go wash. But from that first step, notice his journey. He goes from seeing Jesus as the guy who healed me, to Jesus is a prophet, to Jesus is the Son of Man, he is the Messiah, to Jesus is the one that I should worship. Do you feel his journey? And it's a journey of humility, because he was open to what Jesus was revealing to him. Notice the guys who determined they already had all the answers, the ones who wouldn't see it, the ones who wouldn't be humbled in any way, they were the ones who, in this passage, were spiritually blind. I think the same is true for us.

Tim Lundy: 36:44 Some of you have just started this journey, maybe last week at Easter. You took that first step, that step of faith, here's what I would encourage you, take the next step. Some of us have been on this journey for years, and I would encourage us, man, we need to be humble, to make sure we've not allowed our interpretation to be more important to us than the truth Jesus is actually revealing.

Tim Lundy: 37:15 You know, I'll close with a story of a gentleman who received his sight. And it's interesting story, you know, we've looked at these ones. I told you about how a lot of people that have been blind, they struggle when they first receive it. Some of them get so frustrated, they revert back to not using their eyes, it's just too uncomfortable for them. This man though, it's interesting, it's Michael May at the age of 45, miraculously, he had an operation to receive sight. He'd been blind since he was three years old, so 42 years of blindness. And he had all the same struggles as everyone else, he struggled depth perception as the brain's processing. But the doctors noticed something different about Michael from the very beginning, he embraced it was going to be a lifelong journey, he embraced the adventure of it. That literally from the moment the bandages came off, he embraced it with a childlike sense of adventure and wonder. Then over and over again, he'd ask his wife now, what is this? Well, let me feel it. Oftentimes he would ride elevators, he just loved the sensation when the doors open, the joy of being back in the lobby again and being able to see it. He went in the yard with his son, and they would throw the ball, even though he was terrible at it. He had no depth perception, but instead of begrudging the failure, he embraced the journey. And they said Michael was so different from so many patients, because of that embrace. You know, guys, I think it's a great picture for us. I think this blind man is a lot like Michael, he went on a journey, not just physically, but spiritually.

Tim Lundy: 39:09 You know, my prayer for each one of us, as we've looked at these miracles, as we've looked at the marvel of Jesus, that each of us would look at him. And the whole point of this series, wasn't about believing in miracles, it's about believing in Jesus. About having a humility, maybe even a childlike faith, that no matter where you are on your journey, you would trust him enough to take the next step. Because here's what I know to be true, if you'll do that, he'll continue to reveal himself to you, he'll continue to guide you every step of the way. And I think for all of us, whether it's first steps or you've taken many steps, there's an adventure of faith in front of us with this person Jesus Christ, who did miracles, who truly is a marvel, who truly is the one person like the blind man, we should not only believe, but worship.

Tim Lundy: 40:17 Will you pray with me? Father, I thank you. I thank you for Jesus. I thank you for these stories. I thank you, how people today are exactly like people back then, and we struggle with the same issues, and we get caught up in the same things. I pray for each of us, could we humbly embrace you for who you are, for how you revealed yourself? Could we humbly submit our lives to your truth, no matter what it costs? Could we embrace this journey of faith, recognizing that you are not only worthy of our belief, but also our worship. We pray this in Christ' name. Amen.



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