Week 4 of “The Remedy” series was my favorite message I have preached in the recent months. We looked at Matthew 9:27-31 and discussed the topic of “seeing.” This passage is a great message of 2 blind men coming to Jesus to be healed from their affliction. Jesus grants them their desire because of their faith in Him.
1. The Problem: seeing God is impossible on our own
God must reveal Himself to us. He has to open our eyes and allow us to see Him. In Exodus 24 God passes Moses in the cleft of the rock while covering his face. But God allows Moses to see His back because if Moses were to see His face then he would die. God says, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy.” This is what these men ask of Jesus – “show us mercy, Son of David.” God has to show us mercy (forgiveness and kindness) in order for us to see Him.
2. The Cause: sin blinds our ability to see and follow God
Our sin separates us from God’s glory. It’s like a big wall in front of us with all sorts of “nice” and “shiny” things that distract us from God. We see these things and think, “how awesome is this and that” meanwhile there is something greater on the other side of the wall but we are too busy with our wall of stuff. We are incapable of seeing God with sin in our lives because God can’t allow sin near Himself. In Acts 9, Saul is blinded because of his sin but God removes the blindness (scales on his eyes) by using someone to do it. God uses people in our lives to remove the blindness, allowing us to see Him clearly.
3. The Remedy: only God’s revelation of Himself and our faith in Him gives us sight
God reveals Himself to us and we are saved… but we have a long way to go to be who God wants us to be. We need to be obedient to His Word and seek after Him with all we have. This process called sanctification means to be set apart and be made holy. When we are saved we begin with a light in the darkness. But that light (sanctification) must grow larger through Bible study, worship, and prayer to remove sin in our life. The more that sin is removed from our life, the more that we see sin in our life.
4. The Plan: “I’m not going to let sin stop me from seeing God, because I want to see all of His glory.”
We want to see the amazing and only God does the amazing. We must quit consuming ourselves with the wall of sin in our lives and allow God to break down those walls through His work in our life and the impact of His Word on our hearts. Our universe and our lives are God’s supernatural canvas in which He paints beauty and awesomeness with His own hands and He works amazing things and miracles in us when we have a relationship with Him. God will reveal His glory to whom He will reveal it and He will show us the amazing.