Weekend Message Takeaway: “Eyes Wide Open”

Seeing what Jesus sees requires new eyes. So often, we see things through our human perspective, which is why we tend to see problems instead of people, circumstances instead of souls. It also causes us to miss the work of God as a result of self-interest, which causes spiritual blindness.

This weekend was Orphan Weekend. We got to celebrate the work God has done through 4KIDS over the past 20 years helping kids in crisis, as well as find out how we can all be part of the solution right now. To help illustrate God’s heart for the outcast, Pastor Doug shared a powerful message from John 9 as we examined the miracle in which Jesus gave sight to the blind man. 

Watch the video above to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.

 

FOR THE NOTE TAKERS
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s teaching this weekend:

When People See a Problem, Jesus Sees a Person (John 9:1–5): Seeing what Jesus sees requires new eyes. Where the disciples saw a problem (a blind man, a handicap), Jesus saw a man, all alone, begging in the dark. He saw a man who needed hope, compassion, and grace. Kids in foster care often feel like objects. What we must remember is that they’re not problems to be solved, but children in need of love.

Redemption Requires We Get Dirty (John 9:6–12): Here in the story, Jesus made mud to put on the man’s eyes. He was not afraid to get dirty. But He didn’t promise healing to this man. Even still, this man allowed Jesus to put mud on his eyes and listened when Jesus told him to go wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam. Jesus is showing us something here: Things don’t always happen in a moment or in a certain order we deem logical. Sometimes, it’s a process; sometimes it takes time. Often, we don’t understand how it happens or what really took place. But God is working and moving, even when we are blind to see it. 

Self-Interest Blinds Us From the Truth (John 9:13–23): The religious leaders wanted to talk about the mud instead of the miracle, because He made clay on the Sabbath. To them, this was an egregious violation of their traditions, as recorded in the Mishnah, which contained additional commentaries and laws added through rabbinic tradition not found in the Torah. They elevated the Sabbath over mercy and justice. Sadly, this is rampant in the Church today. So often, traditions and preferences are emphasized and fought over while mercy, justice, compassion, and faithfulness are neglected.

Blindness Makes You Miss the Miracle (John 9:24–34): The blind man’s parents were so consumed with not losing their social status that they missed out on celebrating the miracle and praising the Lord for what He’d done. Their fear of rejection and loss of status blinded them. The religious, legalistic blindness of the Pharisees caused them to miss the miracle right in front of them. One of the worst things about religious blindness, like what these Pharisees suffered from, is that it’s obvious to the people we are trying to reach, but not so obvious to us. The nonbeliever can see it from a mile away, and it is a stench, a poison that can often keep them away from the Church and from seeing the truth about Jesus.

Jesus Always Goes After the Outsider (John 9:35–41): Until Jesus opens your spiritual eyes, His work in you is incomplete. There is a blindness Jesus cannot work with: stubborn disbelief. It’s the belief that we are all good, that our eyes are completely open, that we’re in great standing with God because of performance, traditions, etc. The truth is you can have your eyes wide open and still not see clearly. This is what we as disciples must pray we never fall into.  

Quote to Remember: If you are waiting for the perfect time to help a child, you will never help a child.—Pastor Doug Sauder


HELP SOLVE THE ORPHAN CRISIS
Imagine if every hurting child could experience the hope and love of a Christian foster family. The Church is the answer for the modern-day orphan! You can be part of solving the foster care crisis and ensure every child waiting in the darkness is welcomed home. Click here to find some ways you can shine forward . . . until every child has a home.


CONNECT FOUR-WEEK GROUP EXPERIENCE
New Session Starting in June
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SUMMER ACTIVITIES
Summer camps, picnics, beach days, and more! There are so many activities for your kids and family to enjoy this summer that we’ve put them all in one place on this calendar. Check it out, invite some friends, and make plans to participate in some (or all) of these fun events! Click here for Calvary Chapel summer activities or here for Calvary Christian Academy summer camps and activities. 


A LOOK AHEAD

On Wednesday, we’ll continue our study of David’s life by unpacking 2 Samuel 2. In this passage, David is anointed king of Judah, but a conflict quickly arises from Saul’s son who also wants to be king. See what happens when their two armies clash!

This weekend, we’ll continue “The King and His Cross” as Pastor Doug teaches two of the most powerful and well-known “I am” statements: “I am the door” and “I am the good shepherd.” Come hear about the abundant life Jesus came to give us and what it means for us to have a good shepherd as we study John 10:1–30.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.