Today's mini-sermon is the final part of the 12-part series on the 9th chapter of John.
"Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.’” (John 9:39)
Do you remember the story of the blind men and the elephant, written by John Godfrey Saxe?
“It was six men of Indostan to learning much inclined, who went to see the elephant (Though all of them were blind), that each by observation might satisfy his mind.
The First approached the Elephant, and happening to fall against his broad and sturdy side, at once began to bawl: "God bless me! but the Elephant is very like a wall."
The Second, feeling of the tusk, cried, "Ho! What have we here so very round and smooth and sharp? To me 'tis mighty clear this wonder of an Elephant is very like a spear!"
The Third approached the animal, and happening to take the squirming trunk within his hands, thus boldly up and spake: "I see," quoth he, "the elephant is very like a snake!"
The Fourth reached out an eager hand, and felt about the knee. "What most this wonderous beast is like is mighty plain," quoth he; "Tis clear enough, the elephant Is very like a tree!"
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear said: "even the blindest man can tell what this resembles most deny the fact who can, this marvel of an elephant is very like a fan!"
The Sixth no sooner had begun about the beast to grope, than, seizing on the swinging tail that fell within his scope, "I see," quoth he, "the elephant is very like a rope!"
And so these men of Indostan disputed loud and long, each in his own opinion exceeding stiff and strong, though each was partly in the right and all were in the wrong!
So oft in theologic wars, the disputants, I seen, rail on in utter ignorance of what the other mean, and prate about an elephant not one of them has seen.”
This whole mini sermon is summarized in that story. People who pretend they can see are blind. The worst of it all is that they are blind leaders! Jesus says about them Matt 23:16: "Woe to you, blind guides!”
It isn’t very complementary, but though religious leaders are there to help people find God, some get in God’s way and are preventing people from accepting Jesus in their lives.
One of our subscribers wanted to be baptized. She went to her pastor, and guess what he told her: “You’re a fool for wanting to be baptized.” Instead of proclaiming the gospel, some preach a foreign gospel that leads people straight to hell!
It was the same in Jesus’ days:
Matt 23:13: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces.”
“What should we do then if we cannot trust religious leaders?” We should depend more on God and less on men. Only God will lead us to His truth! John 16:13: "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.”
John 9:40 “Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, ‘What? Are we blind too?’” The pastors of Jesus’ day understood what Jesus was telling them. They could not accept that they could be blind! Weren’t they the “righteous” ones? Didn’t they devote their lives to the “cause” of God? Weren’t they the ones paid by their members to do God’s work?
John 9:41: “Jesus said, ‘If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.’” Here is Jesus’ final word on them: “Guilty”.
Dear pastors and religious leaders, please depend on God instead of your own understanding! You will be responsible for any lost sheep that you have led astray. This is a big responsibility. Only with God’s Holy Spirit as your guide, will you be successful in this task. Don’t depend on your church manual, but on God and His Word. It is Him that you serve!
Dear friends, stop depending on your pastors and on your church. Depend on God. God’s Holy Spirit is the only guarantee to your life eternal.
2 Cor 1:21-22: “He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
Will you invite Him in your life now! He will not reject you. He will become your best friend. And best of all, He will never lie to you. Only truth comes out of his mouth. He loves you and wants you to obtain life eternal. Isn’t this exciting! God is at your side and wants you to have a relationship with you, a relationship that will last forever. Will you let Him?
In His love,
Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org