There’s a verse in the Bible that reads, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The verse has been used as a selling point for congregations to have a Vision Statement. But I think it means way more than that. When human beings, in general, have no idea about the Big Picture, like where things are headed, why their lives have meaning, Who made them and loves them, all sorts of perishing occurs. Addiction cripples, sex becomes un-precious, money shouts for more attention, family gets neglected, human beings shout and honk (and do worse) at each other. It sounds too simple, but the Vision human beings need is Jesus. By His light, everything finds its place whole and holy.
Sermon Questions: John 9
- Describe a time when you were spiritually blind. What was that like and how did the ‘lights come on’?
- Jesus heals a man born blind. You don’t see that every day. How do you explain miracles, especially in a scientifically skeptical time like ours?
- Jesus can just snap his fingers to heal the guy but instead he makes a paste and makes the guy wander the streets of Jerusalem to find a pool in which to wash. What do you make of this ‘prolonged’ healing?
- The man’s physical healing exposes the religious leaders spiritual blindness. How does Jesus diagnose spiritual blindness? What signs are there of spiritual blindness in this passage?
- Explain what you think spiritual vision includes. Does John 9:38 help?