Jesus role in the story 1.Jesus initiates the encounter Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." 1 John 4:19 We love because He first loved us.
Jesus role in the story 2. The meaning of Jesus asking the man to wash in the Pool of Siloam V. 7 a. Siloam means Sent b. Sending a blind man on a journey
Jesus role in the story 2. Symbolism of Water through out Jesus ministry a. First miracle - turning water into wine (Jn. 2) b. Jesus as the living water (Jn. 4:13-14) c. Cleansing water of Bethseda (Jn. 5) d. Jesus walking on water (Jn. 6)
Jesus role in the story John 7:37-38 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.
Pharisees role in the story Pharisees Dilemma: a. God cannot possibly side with a law-breaker, therefore the miracle must have been faked. b. Jesuss sabbath-breaking suggests he is not of God, yet Jesus power to heal suggests he is of God.
Pharisees role in the story Pharisees Sin: 1. robbed others of Gods joy (v. 22) His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledges that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue.
Pharisees role in the story Pharisees Sin: 2. pride - claiming to know when in fact they dont. (v.24) [the Pharisees said], We know this man is a sinner.
Pharisees role in the story Pharisees Sin: 2. pride - claiming to know when in fact they dont. (v.24) Contrast their attitude with that of the blind man (v. 25) He replied, Whether he is a sinner or not, I dont know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!
Pharisees role in the story Pharisees Sin: 3. unrepentence - refusing to admit their own spiritual blindness (v.41). Jesus said, If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
Pharisees role in the story 1 John 1:8-9 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Pharisees role in the story Pharisees Sin: 1. robbed others of Gods joy (v. 22) 2. pride - claiming to know when in fact they dont. (v.24) 3. unrepentence (v.41)
Sin and Illness Jewish theological context: Assumption: Disease and Illness on a personal and national level are due to sin. Question: In the case of the man born blind, whose sin caused this condition?
Sin & Illness There is no death without sin; no suffering without iniquity. b.shabbat 55a Exodus 20:5 Jewish Rabbis debated whether: a.Sin can be passed on from one generation to the next. (Exodus 20:5, Ezekiel 18:19-20) b.Fetuses could sin. Some argued they could (Genesis Rabbah 63:6); others argued they could not (Genesis Rabbah 34:10)
Sin & Illness v.2 Jesus disciples treated the blind mans condition as a theological problem. The disciples wanted Jesus to comment on this debate.
Five Purposes for Suffering 1.Suffering as a proving or testing of our faith. Examples: A. Abrahams Test of Faith - Genesis 22 B. Israels wondering in the desert - Deut. 8:2 C. Job
Five Purposes for Suffering 2. Suffering meant for improvement, for our own edification. Hebrews 12:5-8 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
Five Purposes for Suffering 2. Suffering meant for improvement, for our own edification. James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Five Purposes for Suffering 3. Suffering as a punishment for sin a. Deuteronomy 32:15-25 b. Jeremiah 30:15 Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain that has no cure? Because of your great guilt and many sins I have done these things to you.
Five Purposes for Suffering 4. Suffering that shows forth Gods glory a. John 9:3 b. John 11:4 - Resurrection of Lazarus When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."
Five Purposes for Suffering 5. Suffering that comes from bearing witness for Jesus Christ. Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Five Purposes for Suffering 5. Suffering that comes from bearing witness for Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10:33-35 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
The Purpose of suffering Jesus shifts the focus, instead of addressing the cause of the mans blindness, he speaks of its purpose: so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. (v. 3)
Which is the correct question to ask in this situation? A.Why is there a stop sign here? B.How should I respond to the stop sign?
When we face suffering Rather than asking why or assigning blame, we ought to ask how we can honor and glorify God in our response to a painful situation.
Hope in Suffering Romans 8:17-18 Now if we are children, then we are heirsheirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Hope in Suffering John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."