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One thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see
John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

Sermon Topic Amazing Grace

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 9:25

Keywords

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
was blind but now I see.

In today's Gospel reading, the religious leaders were extremely upset about Jesus' healing a blind man. We come upon them as they are browbeating the man who had been healed, trying to analyze and judge the episode according to their preconceived notions of how God's Grace should work: What do you say about this man called Jesus? If He really healed you, didn't He break the law that says we should not work on the Sabbath? If He broke the law, isn't He a sinner? And, if He is a sinner, how can you say He healed you? What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes? The man whom Jesus healed would not be intimidated. "I don't know if He is a sinner," he answered. "I only know that I was blind and now I see" (John 9:25). In his simplicity, this unlettered man proved infinitely wiser than the Pharisees who cross -examined him. The Pharisees spoke with the authority of religious textbooks; the man who was blind spoke with the authority of religious experience.

They spoke what they had learned from others; he spoke from firsthand knowledge of God's Amazing Grace. The unschooled man sensed that it was enough to know that an amazing thing had happened to him. He sensed the futility of trying to fit the event into some category. "I only know that I was blind and now I can see."

God has given us no law against clear reason and careful analysis. To the contrary, He has given us minds to reason with, and we should use our minds to their utmost capacities. But we human beings are more than our minds. The capacity of our minds is limited. We are not just big brain capsules given a body so that we can move about. We are feelings and emotions; we are intuitions and hopes; we are fears and ecstasies. We human beings are complex [...]

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