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The Ultimate Priority - Worship . . . Part 4



** Having turn the tables, who now becomes the teacher?

The common man who had been healed. He teaches them four emphatic truths: 1) God does not hear sinners 2) If anyone is God fearing, and does His will, He hears him 3) Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind (and that was a Messianic promise - Isaiah 35:5 and 4) If Jesus were not of God, He could do nothing.

V.34 ** How do the Pharisees receive these truths?

They do not! They once again fall back on their spiritual pride and pronounced that this man is a sinner, casting him out of their presence and the religious fellowship of Israel.

Finally, let's look at the fourth section of this chapter...

JESUS IS TO BE WORSHIPPED - (V.35-37) (V.38-39) (V.40-41)

V.35 ** Fully understanding the tremendous impact of being put out of the fellowship of Israel, what does Jesus do when He hears that this has happened to the one He had healed?

He went looking for him, and when Jesus finds him He asked, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" This term is used at least 80 times in the gospels, and except for John 12:34 where people are asking who the Son of Man is, the term is only used by Jesus. It is His self-designation and comes from the Messianic promise of Daniel 7:13-14.

V.36 ** How does this common man respond to the Lord?

With openness, sincerity and reverence! You can hear the longing and anticipation in his words.

V.38 ** When Jesus reveals Himself to this man, what is his response? (Which by the way is the only acceptable response that anyone is to have to the Lord!)

He worshipped Him! Jesus is to be worshipped!

Matthew 2:2 - The wise men
Matthew 9:18 - The synagogue official
Matthew 14:33 - The disciples
Mark 3:11 - Demons
Revelation 5:12-14 - The Hosts of Heaven
Philippians 2:9-11 - Every knee should bow

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