04-01-20 Kevin Goins - The Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:5 pt 1

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”

John 9:5 (Part 1)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).

VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of ______________; healing is a work of the Kingdom of ___________ (9:5).

This verse makes _________ very important points:

A. First, Jesus came to this world to be our ____________.

-This is a truth which John has already made clear in several passages:

1. First, John ____:______. At the Feast of Tabernacles Jesus used a dramatic o__________ l___________ to declare the truth that he came to this world to bring light.

2. Second, John ___:___-___. John says it was the life of Jesus, the way he lived with ________ and the way he lived with ________, that brought light to us.

3. Third, John ___:___-___. John begins his Gospel thinking about the light of the world, but that is not his only concern. Beginning in verse 9 John describes what we call the i_______________, or the Son of God coming to this earth as a ___________ __________.

4. In the beginning of John the evangelist is concerned primarily about two things:

a. First, how Jesus, who is the Word of God, is our _________.

b. Second, how Jesus ________ to this world, born as a man so that he could bring his light into the world.

5. But notice this: in the account of the healing of the blind man, Jesus himself make the __________ two points that John did in the beginning of the Gospel.
6. This means that what Jesus is doing in John chapter nine is not superfluous or un_______________.

7. Jesus healed because that _____ who _______ is and that is what he came to this earth to ______.

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