John | Grace Reformed Church
We return this morning to the gospel of John. Thanks for allowing me to be off last week—it was a good, but very compact trip to Georgia and Florida that took me away to visit some colleges with Eva. And the biggest bonus was getting to worship last Sunday morning with the congregation at St. Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, which is the church that R.C. Sproul founded when Ligonier Ministries moved to Florida, as many of you know. It was a blessing to be in that room with those people and worship with them. Coincidentally, Burk Parsons is preaching through John as well.
We turn this morning again to the gospel of John. We started this journey through this book a year ago, or this is the last Sunday that completes a year in it, next Sunday would be the first Sunday of a second year in John. Here it is Labor Day weekend again, and though the fall already feels it is upon us with schools having started and all, this weekend really marks the unofficial end of the summer, I hope you’ve had a good one. Last year, before starting on John, I preached on Psalm 8.
I hope you all enjoyed last week as we reveled in the great miracle that was the raising of Lazarus. What confidence it gives us that the King that we serve is the one who has the power over life and death. Because that is really what we really need, isn’t it? We need to be rescued from the awful thing that sin is, and from its punishment, which without the blood of Jesus is always death.
I’ll have to beg your forgiveness, since I said last week that we would be looking at the actual raising of Lazarus in two weeks, but then early this week I decided to go ahead and preach all the way through verse 44 this week, which does end with Lazarus walking out of the tomb. So if that messes up your plans, I am very sorry.
We turn again this morning to the Gospel of John, moving on this week to chapter 11. Remember that John’s purpose in writing this book is to convince us that Jesus is in fact the Messiah, he has chosen everything that he relays in the gospel to drive toward and strengthen that point. And it’s all been building as we’ve gone through the book.
We return with joy again this morning to the Gospel according to John. As we quickly approach one year of studying this book, I do hope that you are enjoying it as much as I am. It is such a unique gospel, among the four, as we said at the very outset of this study. Almost all of the stories, most of the discourses in it are not in the synoptic gospels at all, most of this is new content. It is not an account that tries to describe Jesus’s ministry exhaustively or completely, instead it is targeted at showing you that he is the Messiah.
We come again this morning to the book of John, and today we’re going to look at the rest of chapter 9. If you remember from two weeks ago, we looked at the first 17 verses of the chapter but focused on only the first few. And from that we drew some lessons about the nature of sin and suffering, and also God’s holy purposes in that. We saw a man who was born blind be given his sight—an amazing miracle, more miraculous than the previous Sabbath healing mentioned in the book of John when Jesus healed the legs of the lame man.
I want to thank the elders for covering for me for the past two weeks as we were away on our yearly trip back to Iowa. We got to reconnect with family, including my grandmother, who none of my family has been able to visit since the pandemic began, so it was especially wonderful to see her. And I’m sorry, but I am also going to be gone next week, but that’s all I have planned away for the remainder of the summer.