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Tradition or Revelation? 3.19.2017

KJV John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Jesus came here to this earth to save us from our sin, but until our eyes are opened and we are able to see this be faith, or by believing it, we remain blind even in our traditions. As we have been hearing from Jesus, we cannot see the kingdom of God until we are born from above:

KJV John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

And also He has been telling us that the Father is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and in truth:

KJV John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

Last week on Sunday Jesus began to connect the giving of manna by Moses with Himself as the Living Bread from heaven in chapter 6 of this gospel of John:

KJV John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Today we have a very long reading, from John 8:12 through John 9:41. In brief it contains Jesus¿½¬¢ explanation to what it means that He is the light of the world and that the one who follows Him will not walk in darkness but will HAVE the light of life. (My capitalization for emphasis)

The struggle between living only by tradition vs the revelation of Jesus Christ is an ongoing struggle for all people. It is easy to see the resistance that our human flesh has to the revelation of God of Jesus Christ on the cross played out through the lives of the traditionalists in our text in both chapters 8 and 9. They did not seek to know Him for who He really was, but they asked their questions and gave their responses based on their understandings as they held to them. They continually counteracted Him, accused Him, attacked His character, tried to kill him and eventually did kill Him.

In chapter 9 Jesus uses the life of a man born blind to illustrate what He has been discussing with the religious leaders. In last week¿½¬¢s message, Jesus gave the sign first (the feeding of the 5000) and then did the lesson and the application. This week He gives the lesson in chapter 8, and then in chapter 9 brings in a person through whom He illustrates how one is brought from blindness to sight. He again takes a natural physical situation and uses it to teach the spiritual.

I would like to approach it this way. On occasion I will ask people whom I do not know very well if they would be willing to share some watershed moments in their lives. If they are open to it, I go on to explain what I mean by watershed moments. Have there been a time in your life when either by revelation through the Word or through some trial, or through some supernatural sign that you came to see God in a greater way than you have before? And through the occurrence your life made a great positive change for the better in knowing Jesus Christ?

Let me explain by looking at the life of the formerly blind man. If he would have looked back, perhaps he would have responded by pointing to these three happenings:

I was born blind for God's glory, but after many years I was given sight.

KJV John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

The man Jesus gave me my physical sight

John 9:25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

Jesus came to find me and gave me my spiritual sight. He gave me faith to believe¿½¬¦¿½¬¦

John 9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

The man had been born blind, had been given physical sight by Jesus, and had increasingly had his spiritual eyes opened to the difference between tradition and revelation as he experienced the wrath of the traditionalists. No one was asking him, as to where is He that we might truly come to know Him by listening to Him speak. No, they were asking how did he do it, where did he go, were you really blind and so on.
Tradition is well and good, but if it keeps us from worshiping our God in Spirit and in truth it is vain.

This week I visited with a man who shared his experience of how God revealed himself to him. This is not to be taken as a blueprint for everyone, for as is written previously in chapter 3, revelation comes to all by the Spirit, but in different and diverse ways. Jesus had pointed out to his audience of skeptics in the previous chapter that they will only know who He is when He is on the cross.

8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

What is common to all revelation God and His purposes for all mankind is only understood through the cross, which is understood and believed only through illumination of the Holy Spirit by faith.

This man shared with me and gave me permission to publicly share his experience of how God uncovered/revealed Himself to Him. Many years ago he had lost a son when he was five years old due to an tragic accident. He struggled with wondering what he did so that God would cause this to happen in his life. As a result he began to read the scriptures to find his answer. A few months later, when he was out in the field, and with this question pressing on his mind and heart so firmly, he fell to the ground with a great groan, grabbed his shirt and tore it so much that he ripped some of the buttons off of it.

He likened the tearing of his shirt from top to bottom to the tearing of the veil of the temple that was tore from the top to the bottom. He likened the earthquake to an earthquake like happening in his life that caused him such great agony and pain in in the death of his son.

Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

God began to reveal to him that He (God) had gone through the same experience in that He had lost a son, and as this man thought on this, he realized it must have been much worse for God, because He knew that He was going to lose His Son.

One of the thoughts that kept coming to his mind was: What did God do that He had to sacrifice His Son on the cross? It was through this experience that this man came to understand the meaning of the of Jesus being lifted up on the cross and that through God planned to lose His Son for the forgiveness of His sins. God revealed Himself through the cross to this man.

How can we not come to the Holy Supper of our Lord in great thankfulness, in worship and in joy, for the revelation of His grace to us? He invites us to join Him at His table today. Come for the feast is spread and ready.

In His Name, Amen.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 19 Mar 2017 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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