SERMONS


I Was Blind, Now I See at Sanctuary

It is amazing to see God’s wondrous ways in putting before us His Word, fitting perfectly in the situations which are ours to face. The assigned reading for our worship on Sunday is John 9, the narrative of our Lord’s interaction with a man born blind. It is a most amazing chapter of the Bible, and gives us much to consider of God’s grace and mercy, but also the ways in which the fallen world will fight against His beautiful ways. Appropriate for our day?! Of course. Although the assigned Gospel Reading is the first fifteen verses of John 9, we’re going to take a good look at the entire chapter. Everything flows from this great teaching of our Lord: “Rabbi, who sinned – this man or his parents, that he was born blind? He answered, 'Neither this man nor his parents sinned (in that regard, of course), but this happened SO THAT THE WORK OF GOD MIGHT BE DISPLAYED IN HIS LIFE.'” Is there a more fitting teaching for us in these pandemic days than this? God will be glorified. He will work His work of mercy and power; healing and truth; grace and hope. He will not abandon His people, but will bless them richly, and others too. This is Who He is, and it matters as much now as ever. The entire chapter of John 9 brings out a tenderness, a care, and the truth that He is the God who has come to save us, to love us, to make us His own. Physical healing brings tremendous blessing and joy, yet that is a thing that does not last – knowing Jesus as Savior is eternal and gives us joy and hope forever. Since our worship on Sunday (and into the future) will be presented at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, via “live stream”, and then available later as an archived event, I encourage you to have your Bibles ready for our study together. We have also arranged for the singing of two hymns; there’ll be a beautiful anthem, as well. Also, your Pastors are holding prayer-filled conversations with each other (and others, of course) as to the best ways to serve you in this amazing and challenging time. This includes not only worship planning and preparation, but looking closely and well at ways in which we can celebrate Holy Communion with you, an indescribable Kingdom blessing. Many of you, we know, are yearning for this treasure. We’ll share plans, as they become clear within our own pastoral thinking and care. We praise God for each of you, and rejoice in the ways in which your faith is being made known, and blessing the world . . . . . Look for me on your screens soon. Smiling. LS