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Cataract surgery is one of the most prevalent of all eye surgeries. A cataract starts out like a speck at first with little effect on sight. Over time the specks increase obscuring the image. These specks can become so dense that the entire lens becomes milky white, and the light rays can’t pass through the lens, resulting in blindness. But it is important to remember that the light is still there; it just can’t pass through the lens of the eye.
    • Where do Spiritual Cataracts come from?
    • When did you start to move your phone away from your face in order to focus on the screen? 
    • Do you know anyone who has cataracts?  Blind? 
    • How would you feel if you were blind or had cataracts?

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SERIES TITLE: Spiritual Cataracts
TEXT:
John 9:13-41 
SPEAKER:  Dr. Greg Despres
INTRODUCTION and DISCUSSION.

Cataract surgery is one of the most prevalent of all eye surgeries. A cataract starts out like a speck at first with little effect on sight. Over time the specks increase obscuring the image. These specks can become so dense that the entire lens becomes milky white, and the light rays can’t pass through the lens, resulting in blindness. But it is important to remember that the light is still there; it just can’t pass through the lens of the eye.
  • Where do Spiritual Cataracts come from?
  • When did you start to move your phone away from your face in order to focus on the screen? 
  • Do you know anyone who has cataracts?  Blind? 
  • How would you feel if you were blind or had cataracts?

EXAMINATION.

The Setting

This miracle took place in Jerusalem, near the Pool of Siloam. Read 9:1,2. The disciples ask this question because it reflected rabbinic theology. Taking a look at suffering in the life of people...how does this passage shed light on one aspect of suffering?

Read 9:3. Jesus rejects this explanation, and explains instead—not that God caused this sickness—but that God's sovereign purpose included both permitting this man's sickness and effecting his healing.  What physical, emotional, or relational misfortune has turned into an opportunity for God to demonstrate His power?

The Miracle

Read 9:4-7. Why did Jesus heal the man in this way, instead of in his usual way? The best explanation is that he was again provoking a controversy with the Pharisee's concerning their Sabbath laws.  Is there something deeper going on here?  Jesus can heal physically yes but spiritually?

Cataracts and Cataract Surgery- Let the Investigation Begin

Read the narrative (read 9:8-41), look for these principles:  Light received leads to more light and Light rejected results in greater blindness. 

  • Let the Investigation Begin... Read the following verses and watch the progression take place.  (vs. 18, vs. 24, vs. 28, vs. 34)

The main obstacle to faith is not insufficient evidence, in other words there is historical proof of Christianity but still people refuse to bow to God.  It is not intellectual it is volitional.

  • The difference between the man and the Pharisees as it relates to the LIGHT of the World. (vs. 11, vs. 17, vs. 30-34, vs. 38)
  • What about you? Are you willing to tell God that you are in principle willing to bow to him and his will for your life? If not, no amount of evidence will convince you. But if you are willing, he will give you all the evidence you need to entrust yourself to Jesus—just like he did for this man . . .

APPLICATION.

  • Obey whatever Jesus asks you to do.
  • Become a walking candle lit by Jesus, the light of the world.

  • Use your constant access to the light that dispels the darkness of this world to motivate you to know Him more and make Him known more.

  • Learn to share your story and God’s story in a conversational way.

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