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There are different forms of blindness. There’s physical blindness, but there’s also spiritual blindness. In the story we’re looking at today, we see Jesus healing a man’s physical blindness, and in the process, we discover the spiritual blindness of some of those looking on. It would be a tragedy to have 20/20 vision and yet never be able to see the glory of an everlasting Kingdom.
In such a large world with so many people, it’s easy to feel insignificant. It’s easy to feel like we don’t much matter. We’re tempted to believe we can’t make a difference in the world. We’re tempted to believe that in the grand scheme of things, we’re just insignificant. We have nothing to offer. We’re not heroes. We don’t draw crowds. We don’t get press. But, remember God uses the insignificant, the overlooked, the little.
How much authority does God's word have over you? Suppose you have a regular physical check-up today. You undress yourself, so the doctor can examine your body. We give much authority to a doctor because we trust their knowledge, skill and experience. For some, God's word is powerful and uncovers everything. These people allow God's word to examine their soul and spirit. They uncover themselves before God's word. But for some, God's word is just the old saying and basically powerless. They hear it, but they don't understand. They see it, but they don't comprehend. They don't allow God's word to examine their heart and mind. How much authority do you give to God's word?
In Acts chapter 3, Peter, John and a lame man were each having an ordinary day. Yet, in the midst of the ordinary, Peter and John chose to represent Christ - and that made all the difference! A miracle occurred when the lame man was healed. Christians are Christ's representatives in the world, even on ordinary days. How are you representing Christ? In this sermon Kent challenges and equips the church to share the gospel.
You have what it takes to accomplish great things for God
God did many miracles throughout the Bible, and in the four Gospels there were many miracles performed by Jesus. One of the common words for miracles used in the New Testament was dynameis in Greek. Unlike Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the Apostle John intentionally used another word semeia, which literally means “signs.” A sign is something indicating the existence of something else. John carefully chose 7 signs that point us to Jesus. In John 20:30-31 he tells us the reason why he wrote the book, saying “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” The first sign is written in today’s passage. Jesus turns water into wine.
The conception of Jesus was a miracle in the truest sense. There were of course certain aspects of the birth that relied on the natural processes that God designed - no doubt Mary delivered baby Jesus after the normal fashion - but the birth of Christ would not have come about with divine intervention - a miracle in the proper sense. And as we will see, it was a miracle that requires not just the acknowledgment of skeptics, but a response to the reality of it.