2011-03-27 — Examining Our Spiritual Eyesight

Lent 3 Date: March 27, 2011
Theme: “Examining Our Spiritual Eyesight”

I. Blinded by virtual reality
II. Cleared up by Christ
– John 9:24-41
(Pastor John Hein)

The Order of Worship: Bulletin

Liturgy: WS, p 12 ff (Pastor sings Lord Have Mercy, top of p 13)
TLH 284: Father of Mercies, in Thy Word
TLH 388: Just as I Am
TLH 42: O Thou Love Unbounded
TLH 179: On My Heart Imprint Thine Image
Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 42:14-21
Ephesians 5:8-14
Sermon Theme:
Examining Our Spiritual Eyesight
I. Blinded by virtual reality
II. Cleared up by Christ
John 9:24-41
(24) So they [Pharisees] again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man [Jesus] is a sinner.” (25) He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” (26) Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” (27) He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” (28) Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. (29) We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.” (30) The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He has opened my eyes! (31) “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. (32) “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. (33) “If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” (34) They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out. (35) Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” (36) He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” (37) And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” (38) The he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshipped Him. (39) And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” (40) Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” (41) Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.” (NKJVTM)
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