Jesus heals us
Reading: John 9:1-41
Blanks: God, light, wash
About 3400 years ago, Moses said like this:
“In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them.
But he rested on the seventh day.
So the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
Then Moses said to his people: Exodus 20:8-11
“Remember the Sabbath day.
And keep it holy.
Six days you do all your work.
But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.
On it don’t do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter; nor your male or female servant; nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.”
God asks them to rest with their neighbors.
God didn’t ask them to rest and ask their neighbors to turn off their switch.
God asks them to give rest to every servants, every people in their towns.
God asks them to give rest to their workers.
God does not want them to be workaholic.
So, God asked them to rest and trust in God.
God can do all the works.
So God wants them to love God more than their works.
God also asked them to be free from any greed and disbelief.
For that, God introduces this pattern of life: resting one day per week for God.
In this way, they learn to become holy.
In this way, God set them apart so that other nations may learn of God.
But it was difficult to do nothing.
So historically Jewish people broke many Sabbaths.
Knowing all this already, Moses spoke for God like this: Exodus 31:13-14
Keep my Sabbaths, for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
Keep the Sabbath, for it is holy for you.
Everyone who defiles it must surely be put to death.
If anyone does any work on it, that person will be cut off from among his people.”
Moses emphasized very much so that they would learn this pattern of life.
Moses was like:
“Do nothing but serve God on this Sabbath day.
God will do all the good works for you.
Trust in God and do nothing.
God can save you, just like God saved you from Pharaoh.
Then God will give you the promised land.
So listen to God.”
But they were not obeying God easily.
So they eventually lost their land and their nation and were sent to other parts of the world.
Then they understood the importance of the Sabbath.
So when they returned to the land of Israel, they kept the Sabbath as much as they understood.
But when Jesus came, the Pharisees went too far.
The Pharisees wanted to keep all the tradition of elders.
They held onto a long list of traditions that Jewish elders produced over many years.
They even set aside God’s command and then held onto their tradition.
They were not following God but keeping their tradition in order to keep their Jewish identity, even though some of their traditions were not biblical.
So the Sabbath became not a day of rest anymore.
They turned the day of rest into a day of inconveniences, because they wanted to keep their identity as a Jew.
In this way, they again missed the mark.
God created it for them to learn and enjoy.
But, they held onto a tradition that bound people.
So Jesus disagreed with them.
Jesus could not accept some of their false practices on it.
Because Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath: Mark 2:28
So Jesus wanted to free them from their false idea about the Sabbath, hoping that they might find the true Sabbath in him.
So Jesus taught them like this: (Mark 2:27)
“The Sabbath was made for you.
You are not made for the Sabbath.
The Sabbath was not made to make you keep all those traditions.
The Sabbath was made for you to rest and enjoy and be free so that you may love God and serve God.”
God sent Jesus to free them.
But they chose their tradition to bind their people and decided to get rid of Jesus.
When the apostle Paul, a former Pharisee understood about this, he said like this: Colossians 2:16-17
“Do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a special religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
These are a shadow of the things that were to come.
And the reality is found in Christ.”
What does he say?
Sabbath is a shadow of the things to come.
Meaning, the Sabbath is there to explain the real Sabbath, the real rest that we find in Jesus.
We read a long story today.
Now let’s think about the story we read.
It was near the end of the ministry of Jesus.
At that time, some Pharisees tried to stone Jesus and kill him already because Jesus claimed to be the Son of God and didn’t keep the Sabbath like them.
In the meantime, other people were arguing about who Jesus is.
So Jesus needed a big miracle through which, he could stop them from stoning him and then cause them to think about who Jesus is.
Jesus might need something so shocking that people could stop and think about who Jesus is.
So Jesus, through a powerful evidence, wanted to show that God sent him and used him.
Then one Sabbath day, Jesus and his students saw a man who was born blind.
God was saying to Jesus:
“Heal this man!
Heal him on the Sabbath to teach Jewish people.
Heal him to help Jewish people believe in you.”
God wanted to prove that God sent Jesus.
But his Jewish students were like:
“Jesus, why was he born blind?
Did his parents do something wrong?
Did he do something wrong even before he was born?
Who has done something wrong here?”
In those day, some religious scholars had been teaching them like this:
These things were caused by sins.
You see, they taught like the friends of Job.
They wanted to find some reasons for Job’s misfortune.
They wanted to find reasons to blame Job, instead of simply comforting him.
But their Jewish Messiah, Jesus was like:
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned.
We are here to do God’s works.
When it is day, we do the works of God who sent me.
When night comes, no one can work.
But while I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Then Jesus decided to shine his light.
Jesus spit in the dust and made a clay paste and rubbed it on the man's eyes.
As God created humans out of the earth in Genesis, so Jesus might be creating this man’s eyes out of the earth.
Anyway, Jesus said:
“Go, wash yourself.”
Then the man went, washed himself and was able to see.
After this, the Pharisees were investigating this healing miracle.
Then some said:
“This man Jesus is not from God, because he healed people on the Sabbath.”
“Then how could he heal the man who was born blind, to see?”
The Pharisees were not able to understand.
They were blessed with their eyes.
But they could not see the truth.
They were spiritually blind.
So they could not accept their Jewish Messiah whom God sent.
So after a long and tired investigation, the Pharisees said:
“We know that God spoke to Moses.
But as for Jesus, we don’t even know where he comes from.”
Then the healed man answered:
“Now that is remarkable!
You don’t know where he comes from?
But he opened my eyes.
We know God does not listen to sinners.
God listens to the godly person who does his will.
Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.
If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
Then the Pharisees replied:
“You were born with full of sins.
How dare you lecture us!”
Then they threw him out.
When he was thrown out, Jesus found him and said:
“Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
The healed man asked:
“Who is he, sir?
Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
“You have seen him.
He is the one talking with you.”
The man said:
“Lord, I believe!”
Then he worshiped him!
He understood that his healing was a sign that shows that Jesus is from God.
So the formerly blind person now even understood the truth.
Today Jesus healed a man to see.
When people were trying to judge him as a sinner, Jesus was teaching his student to do God’s will.
Jesus was like:
“Think about what God can do here.
What does God want to do here?
If you know, obey and see what God does in our midst.
Then more people may experience God and give praises to God.”
On the Sabbath, instead of judging a person or evaluating a situation, Jesus invites his students to give God a chance to show up, because God is available.
The power of the Holy Spirit is available.
God can do good things.
So give God a chance.
Say “Let’s see what God does.”
In this way we serve God.
God wants to do his good works through Jesus.
God wants to heal people and make them well.
God wants to bring healing and peace to our world.
So let’s think about what God can do here.
What does Jesus want to do here?
How can we give God a chance and then experience God?
Well, for today why don’t we ask God to do what God wants to do here?
For today, why don’t we try to pray for healing and restoration?
Meaning, I am going to pray for healing as Jesus is with us.
As we pray in the name of Jesus, think about those who need healing.
And then say amen for them and for yourself.
When you say “Amen,” you mean, “God, I believe.”
So let’s pray together:
Jesus, you heal everyone who asks you to heal.
You love us and care for us.
Thank you for healing us.
Thank you for entering our life to heal.
May you heal us and reshape our bodies according to your will.
Heal our body and have us do what you want us to do.
Heal our minds and have us think what you want us to think.
Heal our hearts to understand your plan for our life.
Heal our spirits to understand your way of life.
Help us to love you and trust in you.
Help us to do what you want us to do.
Jesus, we pray for our families, relatives, friends and ourselves.
If there is anyone who is ill, restore their health.
Remove any pain and stiffness in their body.
Heal them so that every part of their body moves smoothly.
Improve their eye sights.
Give them good teeth, brain, breathing organs, and digesting organs.
Renew their bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons.
May you make their neck, discs and shoulders to line up nicely.
May you renew their backbones, their elbows and their knees.
Jesus, heal us.
Heal our life.
Heal us to have a healthy relationship in you.
Help us to sense and learn when you are teaching us.
Help us to listen to your words and obey.
Help us to have good spiritual habits in you.
Help us to know what you are doing in our life.
Jesus, heal our nations.
Heal the nation of North Korea.
Heal this world.
Heal our community.
Heal our areas.
Heal our workplaces.
Heal our schools and universities.
Heal our families.
Heal us to forgive all people.
Heal us to help each other.
May all the people know you and understand you.
May they know how much you love them.
Jesus, our future belongs to you.
May we follow you, choosing the way of peace and joy that you show us.
May we walk closely with you.
May our life move smoothly according to your will.
Jesus, you love us.
Help us to love you back.
Help us to experience your gentleness and kindness.
In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.
Now I would like to give you 30 seconds to pray on your own.
In Jesus name, amen.