Have You Seen the Light? by James Merritt

Have You Seen the Light?
James Merrit
John 9:1-41


1. I am not a country music fan per se. But to those who know country music, say that one of the all- time legendary greats was hank Williams. He wrote a song entitled ''I saw the light'' that has lyrics that go like this:

I wandered so aimless, life filled with sin; I wouldn't let my dear savior in. Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night; praise the Lord, I saw the light!

Even though hank Williams wrote those words almost a half a century ago, it could have been written and sung two millennia ago by a man whose name we do not know, but whose life we will never forget.

2. This is a story of a man born blind. From the time human hands pulled him from his mother's womb, he entered into a world where the velvet cover of darkness had been pulled over the light of the sun. But all of that changed in an instant when he met a man named Jesus. When he met the s-o-n he saw the s-u-n. When he met the Lord he saw the light. In fact, this miracle is really a physical illustration of a spiritual truth Jesus uttered in v.5 when he said, ''I am the light of the world.''

3. Now this man was born blind, but we learn he did not die blind. He was born in darkness; he was born again in light. He was born where he could not see; he was born again that he might see. The question you need to answer this morning before you leave this building is: ''have I seen the light?''

I. The misery of a sightless man

1. Now before you can understand the meaning of the miracle, you must examine the man in the miracle. For you see, this blind man is a picture of every person who has yet to meet the Lord Jesus Christ. What was it that made this man so miserable?

A. His blindness

1. ''now as Jesus passed by, he saw a man who was blind from birth.'' (v.1) this was a man who was blind. Likewise, without Jesus Christ every person is blind. Jesus said to nicodemus, ''most assuredly, I say to you, unless o ...

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