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06-01-20 Kevin Goins - The Church's Ministry of Healing, John 9:10-12 pt 3
“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:10-12 (Part 3)
I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).
X Tenth, divine healing will always arouse doubt (9:8-9).
XI Eleventh, the response to the healing of sickness is often questions (9:10-12)
A. When the neighbors of the man born blind saw that he could now see, they immediately began to ask questions.
1. First, they ask, “How then were your eyes opened?”
2. Second, they ask, “W_____________ is this man who healed you?”
a. There are ______________ things we need to see about this question:
i. First, this question was ________________.
ii. Second, this question was ____________________.
A. Jesus is n____________ to be found from verse 8 through verse 35 – that is _____________ verses.
B. This is the __________ passage of Scripture in all four Gospels in which Jesus is absent.
C. There is good reason to believe Jesus disappeared i___________________________.
D. I believe Jesus did this, not only for the man born blind, but for _____________ as well.
iii. Third, this question is ___________ being asked _________________.
A. The church has been saying a lot of w__________________ things about Jesus.
B. The people of this world have heard all the wonderful things we have said about Jesus and now they are standing before us, and they are asking, “W__________ is ___________?”
C. And sometimes it is not only people ____________ the church who are asking that question; sometimes it is people ______________ the church.
D. Jesus did not want us to __________ from that question.
E. There are _________ ways that question can be used and both these ways are present in our text:
1. There are people who ask that question because they want Jesus to _________ them.
2. There are people asking where Jesus is, not because they want healing for themselves or for a loved one, but because they want to __________ Jesus from healing anyone else.
F. There are people in this crowd who want to arouse ______________ and ___________ about Jesus.
G. And the same is true for us today:
1. Some may ask, “Where is Jesus?” because their desire is to convince people that Jesus is ________ here.
2. But then, there are others who ask, “Where is Jesus?” because even though they cannot see him now in their circumstances, they ____________ to see him.
H. Those who ask, “Where is Jesus?” because their greatest desire is to see him, will be _____________ by him.
B. Now, in closing, we need to look at the man’s ________________.
1. When the neighbors and crowd ask, verse 12, “Where is this man?” the formerly blind man answers, “I ____________ know.”
2. Because I do not know the answers to crucial life questions, does not at all mean that there are ________ answers. It only means that we do not ____________ know the answers.
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