Sunday Sermon: Haters Gonna Hate

Sunday Sermon: Haters Gonna Hate
February 5, 2012 Marissa

 

 

Edited/Co-Authored by L.J. Acker

John 9:24-34

24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

After we’ve overcome obstacles, gone through Hell and back, had our faith tested and our life put on the line, it’s not unusual to be faced with individuals who hate on us for our success and question how we’ve managed to make it through, sometimes, calling us out as bad people with questionable means.

This is what happened to a blind man who was healed by Jesus. He told the Pharisees about this miraculous healing, but they didn’t believe him the first time. They called him back and asked him to share more of the details, only to write Jesus off as some hack sent by the Devil. They even accused the blind man as being a sinner, saying that he didn’t deserve to be healed, because he was a bad person from birth.

The blind man, knowing in his heart and seeing with his eyes, simply shrugged off their criticisms and told them, ” I told you once and now I tell you twice, I know what I saw and I know what I experienced. It’s you who are blind.”

It’s the type of negativity we hear from haters that makes us doubt the power of God and the beauty of how His universe works in our lives. We ask ourselves, “Was what I just went through a proof of God’s love or should I just write it off as some coincidence or of evil origins?”

Further more, it’s not unusual to hear people say, “How can something great happen to you? You’re a bad person. You don’t deserve x, y, z.”

But that’s the thing, even when we’re walking a path that isn’t necessarily close to God, it doesn’t mean His presence isn’t there. It doesn’t mean that we can’t transform our lives in an instant and become enlightened with Christ’s love. It doesn’t mean that we’re not deserving, nay entitled to goodness, health, and abundance. Our triumphs, just as our trials, are opportunities to bring ourself closer to God and to known Him. We don’t have to be perfect people to receive God’s love in our lives and in our hearts – Jesus taught us that through healing the blind man.

The now ex-blind man knew in his heart that what he experienced through Jesus was indeed from God and sometimes, that’s all we need to know. We don’t have to prove God’s existence or means to anybody, because He’s there, working miracles everyday of our lives.

 

After a difficult period in your life, do you pass off God’s love and power in your life as a coincidence like the Pharisees or are you like the blind man?