As we are being challenged to read and study the book of John, I wanted to share some of my personal sermon notes with you to help you understand the book. I preached through the entire book over the course of 1 year when I pastored First Baptist Church Del Rio. Enjoy!
Introduction—If you had to choose between a spiritual healing and a physical healing or physical need, which would you choose? I know that probably isn’t a fair question, but play along with me for a little while. If you could be physically healed from whatever is or could be in the future wrong with your health would you chose that? Or, if you could be spiritually healed for eternity, would you choose that? I know, why can’t you have both a physical healing (needs met) and a spiritual healing? Well, you can, but my question is which would you choose?
Jesus wants more than anything for you to have you needs met physically, but not at the expense of your soul. As we seek His face about healing, I believe the passage of Scripture will address both of these types of healing, the physical and the spiritual.
Read: John 9:1-12, 35-41—As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. 8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” 10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. 11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” 12 “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said.
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” 38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” 40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” 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.
- The gift of a physical healing or physical need—
- Physical healings have much value
- a person’s worth
- a person’s well being
- a person’s life
- Physical healings are from Jesus
- Jesus can heal you physically
- Jesus wants you to place your trust in Him so you can be healed
- Jesus deserves all the credit
- Physical Healings are temporary
- Our earthly bodies are temporary
- 2 Corinthians 5:1—For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
- Our earthly bodies are only available for a short time
- James 4:13-15—Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Application—Are you seeking a physical healing or physical need as a means to have a sense of value? Today ask God how valuable you are to Him.
- The gift of a spiritual healing—
- Is tied to believing
- If you want a spiritual healing or awakening you have to believe.
- Jesus asks, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” verse 35
- Is tied to a decision
- The man asks “who is he?” verse 36
- He also wants to know who he is so that a decision can be made. Verse 36
- We must make Jesus available for all to respond so they may receive a spiritual healing
- In verse 38, He says “Lord, I believe”
- Is tied to worship
- Worship is the natural response to a new believer
- When a spiritual healing occurs gratefulness in the form of worship happens
Application—Have you believed so that can decide so that you can worship Jesus today?
- Physical Healing should lead to a Spiritual Healing
- Jesus healed this blind person so that His power over the physical could lead to the spiritual realm.
- Healing the blind brought about new light on the mystery of life and all its shortcomings, like physical ailments.
- Jesus saw this opportunity to set the record straight. We are not physically blind or stricken with a disease or mental limitations because of the sins of others, but these things are mysteries and God can use your situation to further His Kingdom work.
- Our friends in Acuna were not flooded because of the sins of others, it rained a whole bunch and dry riverbeds were filled beyond their capacity. We need to be Jesus to them in whatever means necessary.
- Isn’t that what it is all about?
- Jesus came here to set us free from our human irrational thinking about why bad things happen to good people, and even godly people.
- Here is the progression from the physical to the spiritual:
- Verse 11 says, “the man the called Jesus”
- Verse 17 says, “He is a Prophet”
- Verse 33 says, “He is from God”
- Verse 35 says, “the Son of Man”
- Verse 38 says, “Lord”
- This may explain how a person coming to Christ is a process.
Illustration—Luke 17:11-19—Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Application—Do you want a healing today? I cannot promise a physical healing, but I know someone who can, and His name is Jesus. He wants to remove the scales from your eyes in order for you to believe that He does love you and wants a relationship with you. In Jesus name be healed today from your spiritual lostness.
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,