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Blind but Now I See


 

The Triumphs of Trusting: Blind but now I See - Luke 18:35-43

Sermon Notes on Website - www.mariettachurchg.org

 

Sunday Sept 29th 2018 

 

Pastor Darren Smith

315-729-3203

 

United Christian Church

2851 Sevier Road

Marietta – NY 13110

 

Email : uccmarietta@gmail.com

Facebook - @Marietta Church

 

Today’s Sermon Outline and Bulletin

 

 

Front Cover - Exodus 39:8 (NIV)

 

The Breastpiece

8 They fashioned the breastpiece—the work of a skilled craftsman. They made it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen.

 

 

Inside Cover - Colossians 3:16 (NLT)

 

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

 

Call to Worship – Psalm 146 – NLT

 

1 Praise the Lord! Let all that I am praise the Lord.


2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.

 

3 Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.
4 When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.


5 But joyful are those who have the God of Israel[a] as their helper,

          whose hope is in the Lord their God.


6 He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.

          He keeps every promise forever.

 

7 He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners.

8              The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
                The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
                The Lord loves the godly.


9 The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
           He cares for the orphans and widows,

          but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

 

10 The Lord will reign forever.

          He will be your God, O Jerusalem,[b] throughout the generations.

 

 

Today’s Sermon - Triumphs of Trusting: “Blind but now I See” - Luke 18:35-43 (NKJV)

A Blind Man Receives His Sight

 

 

35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

 

39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

 

40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”

 

42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

 

Mark : Read: Mark 10:46–52 - “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. Mark 10:51

 

Excerpt from Our Daily Bread

Hearing a blind beggar call out to Him on the Jericho Road, Jesus stopped to ask this man, named Bartimaeus, a similar question. Can I help? Or as Jesus said: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51).

 

 

Opening Remarks:

 

Jesus is the savior, the promised Son of David.

The actions of the blind beggar reveal what saving faith in Jesus looks like.

 

 

1. Saving Faith is – Knowing and believing that Jesus is the Messiah – vs 35-38

 

2. Saving Faith is – Mercy not Merit – vs 39

 

3. Saving Faith is – Personal – vs 39

 

4. Saving Faith is – Persistent – vs 39-40

 

5. Saving Faith is – Trusting and Depending – vs 40-41

 

6. Saving Faith is – Saving – vs 42

 

7. Saving Faith is – Proof – Proving – vs 42

 

8. Saving Faith is – Glorifying God – vs 42

 

 

Scripture to Reflect Upon - Matthew 11:28  (NLT)


28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

 

 

Our Daily Bread - ODB.ORG – October 3, 2018 - Read: Mark 10:46–52

 

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. Mark 10:51

 

Excerpt from Our Daily Bread

Hearing a blind beggar call out to Him on the Jericho Road, Jesus stopped to ask this man, named Bartimaeus, a similar question. Can I help? Or as Jesus said: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51).

The question is stunning. It shows the Healer, Jesus, longs to help us. But first, we’re invited to admit needing Him—a humbling step. The “professional” beggar Bartimaeus was needy, indeed—poor, alone, and possibly hungry and downcast. But wanting a new life, he simply told Jesus his most basic need. “Rabbi,” he said, “I want to see.”

 

For a blind man, it was an honest plea. Jesus healed him immediately. My friend sought such honesty from me too. So I promised her I’d pray to understand my basic need and, more important, I’d humbly tell her. Do you know your basic need today? When a friend asks, tell it. Then take your plea even higher. Tell God.

Prayer : Lord, I am needy. I want to share my heart with You now. Help me to humbly receive your help and the help of others.

 

God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5

 

INSIGHT

Today’s story is a beautiful picture of the compassion of our Savior. Even to those He initially refused to help (see the story of the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:21–28), He stretched out a merciful and loving hand. All of His actions proved the claim He made at the beginning of His ministry—He was anointed by God and came “to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18–19).

 

But while Jesus is the epitome of mercy, He didn’t heal everyone. In the stories recorded in Scripture, we are told He healed all who came to him (see Matthew 8:16). But that’s the qualification—they came to Him. He healed all who admitted their need of something only He could provide.

Jesus still welcomes everyone who comes to Him. He may not always heal in the same way He did while He was here on Earth, but He still offers forgiveness and salvation to anyone who asks.

J.R. Hudberg

 

Song – Here I am Lord

 

 


O Come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

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