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“Have We Seen Him?” focused on John 9: 1-41, the Bible passage recounting Jesus healing a man who had been blind from birth. In John 9: 1-3, we are introduced to this encounter, “As he (Jesus) went along his way he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?”
“Neither him nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
Pastor Steve explained that the blind man was the picture frame that ultimately displayed God’s mighty power for all to see. And yet, Pastor further commented, there was no rejoicing of this great healing by the Pharisees or the blind man’s neighbors, for the one group was blinded by law and believed that no healings should be performed on the Sabbath, while the other group did not believe that this was the blind man whom they knew, but that he was a different man entirely. So, Pastor asked the congregation, just who was blind in this story: was it the blind man who could not see or those who refused to celebrate his healing? It is the same with people, explained Pastor Steve. Humans wake up each morning but often fail to see the majesty of God’s amazing Grace manifest all around them—in the beauty of a flower, a morning sunrise, or other works of God that people frequently simply overlook while focusing on the mundane. The other point that Pastor made was that healing is not always just a matter of faith, but sometimes God uses us to strengthen others or uses suffering for the benefit of another to demonstrate God’s glory. This message gives much food for thought as to whether our own eyes are truly open and the reasons why God’s answer to our prayers may differ from human desires.
Pastor Steve’s sermon on March 12 focused on John 4: 5-42 and Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus had not yet publicly announced that he was the Messiah. But, surprising his disciples, he did do so at the well and announced "I am he" at this encounter with a woman who was alone and an outcast, feeling unworthy and unloved. Pastor Steve told the congregation that the insignificance this woman was feeling was swallowed up in the significance of her moments with Jesus. Jesus gave her life new meaning and he talked to her of a future time when worshippers would have a more personal relationship with God. Jesus tells the Samaritan woman in John 4: 23-26—
"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
Pastor Steve concluded this wonderful message by noting that March 12 marked the third Sunday of Lent and Jesus is calling all Christians to reach out to others and to touch them with the love of God and Christ. He concluded, “Christ died for us and now it's our move.”
On March 5, Pastor Steve focused on John 3: 1-17, wherein it is recorded that Jesus met with the Pharisee Nicodemus and explained to him that salvation is the gift of God's love and that all we need to do is to invite God into our hearts. Nicodemus was puzzled by the notion of being "born again" as Jesus explained that salvation is the work of God; it is heart knowledge and the acceptance of Jesus into our hearts versus head knowledge or intellect alone. The three verses below are at the heart of our Savior's teachings to Nicodemus:
John 3: 3 (NIV)
"Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.'"
John 3: 16-17 (NIV)
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."