I love church. But I expect that tomorrow morning there will be more than the usual urgency to get to church.
I love the entire word of God. It was not always so. I was ambivalent about it during those years.
I was not ambivalent about John 9.
I hated it.
I hated that God claimed sovereignty over disability. I hated that one man got healed, and that one man wouldn’t be my son. I hated that people thought it would be comforting to bring it up, since I had my own little man born blind. I hated how I felt whenever anyone mentioned Jesus healing the blind.
Then, one day, I loved it. I certainly wasn’t ‘willing’ myself to change my heart. God simply moved on me and the Holy Spirit gave me both eyes to see and a heart ready to embrace that God is this big and this good and this powerful and this sovereign.
God did it. To God be all the glory!
So, of all the passages in the Bible, moving from a profound hatred to a rapturous love makes this a particularly special part of God’s word for me. I really can’t get enough of it.
And because God used the means of Pastor John to help me see it, I am particularly looking forward to hearing what God has given him to say.
So, please pray with me, that while Pastor John is preaching, and then when it is posted on the internet, that God would do it again – that he would move on hostile hearts, crush their opposition to his kingship over all things, let them see the necessity and beauty of the cross, and for the first time in their lives, live as entirely free people in Jesus Christ, full of joy, full of hope, full of anticipation about what God will do next.
May MILLIONS more say with the man who had formerly been blind, “One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see” (John 9:25)!
And if you happen to be free at about 6:10 p.m. (Central) on Saturday, you can watch the live stream of the Downtown service.