Many people are born with an illness or a disability. I, myself, have asthma. I always have to have a rescue inhaler with me, just in case. The other day, I went for a walk and the Phoenix “brown cloud” of dust, and whatever else is up there, must have been exceptionally bad. I started the annoying cough as my lungs tried to get good air. I had to go back home for the inhaler.
Here in John 8, Jesus encounters a man who was born blind and He heals him. Of course, it was on a Sabbath. In those times, the Jewish leaders had taken a simple commandment of God’s and loaded it with more and more prohibitions. The commandment says not to work on the 7th day. One day of rest from labor. But with the Pharisees, you couldn’t do a lot more.
If you’ve been going through the Gospels with me, it seems like Jesus always picks a Sabbath to heal someone. Probably just to anger the Pharisees and Saducees. Notice, too, that each time, it always leads to a discussion on WHO Jesus is. This is also leading to His ultimate arrest and crucifixion. Let’s dig in….
Jesus said, “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” ~ Revelation 3:22 NLT – this is repeated 14 times in scripture. Kind of gives the idea that God wants us to pay attention.
If you want to reap all the benefits of salvation including the 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven then…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
Pray this prayer humbly and wholeheartedly…
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Please forgive me. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and my life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. I surrender my whole life to you and I will follow you for the rest of my life. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Jesus is coming back soon! Are you ready?
Soli Deo Gloria — To God Alone Be the Glory!
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