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Can You See This Sign? (6 of 7)
Series: Seven Signs of Christ
(Before reading the text and opening with prayer, we sang the following chorus:
''I saw the light, I saw the light
No more darkness, no more night
Now I'm so happy, no sorrow in sight
For praise the Lord... I saw the light.'')
OPEN: When I'm preparing for a sermon, a lot of times I'll take little side trips kind of like chasing a rabbit down a hole. I'll often ask ''Why did Jesus say this?'' Or ''Why did this person do that?'' Or ''Why did the Bible say it this way?'' And a lot of times, going down those rabbit hole prove interesting... just like in our sermon today.
ILLUS: In the days of Jesus did you know there was only one source of fresh water in Jerusalem? It came from the Spring of Gihon located just outside the north side of the city. The city protected it with a set of towers, but about 800 years before Jesus was born, King Hezekiah decided they needed a more accessible way to get that water in the city and he built a tunnel underneath the streets of the city. It ran for 1700 feet from the spring of Gihon... to the Pool of Siloam.
(At this point I showed a few pictures of the tunnel with modern day explorers mugging for the cameras. THEN I showed a picture of the scale model rendering of that part of the city making special notation of the pool in relation to the Temple which was just north of it)
Now, the pool of Siloam served many purposes for the people of Jerusalem. Of course, it supplied fresh drinking water, but it was also located in the poorer section of town and it was a place where the poor and sick would come to bathe. If you were a Gentile and you converted to Judaism - one of the requirements for making that conversion was to be baptized, and the pool at Siloam was one of the places that was used for that.
In addition - during the ''feast of tabernacles'' - every morning for the first 7 days of that feast a priest would take a golden ...
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