John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
In today’s Gospel Lesson, the Pharisees are badgering a man who claimed that Jesus had cured his blindness on the Sabbath day. Because the religious law forbade healing on the Sabbath, the legalistic Pharisees want the man to deny that he had been cured. In their view, this cannot be a sign of God’s power at work. The Pharisees, in effect, want to bind God Himself to their laws governing the observance of the Sabbath. In their view, God was free to listen to man’s problems on Sunday through Friday, but never on Saturday. In their view, not even God could authorize the work of healing on the Sabbath. Well, Jesus had news for the Pharisees then, and I’ve got Good News for you now: God is listening seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. He knows where you’re hurting. He knows every one of your problem areas. He hears your questions. He hears each S.O.S. before you send it out. He has the…
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