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Thursday, May 26, 2011

5/27/11 John 9:35-38 Jesus visits the outcast

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

(Untouchable Caste members who became Christians-literally outcasts; ""; Untoucables are told they cannot have proper names, good jobs, or even a religion)

Thoughts;  Jesus healed him once, but now he seeks him out to help him again.  The man had been thrown out- a literal outcast.  He had been yelled at and called names because he had stood up for Jesus.  Jesus did not abandon the man.  When we feel that we have stood our ground for what is right, threatened, abandoned, we should remember that Jesus will find us.  Not only did he find him, but he became an evangelist to the man so that the man could see more clearly who God is and worship God properly.

Prayer: Lord, may I remember you will never leave me nor forsake me. 

John Calvin Abridged: They excommunicated him (rather than physically casting him out) which gave a semblance of law.  From this we learn how little the excommunication of the enemies of Christ is to be dreaded.  Christ meets him, raises him up, and offers him life.  Dr. Martin Luther began to purify the church best after he had been cast out by the Pope.  When we are at variance with the enemies of the Gospel, we are nearer to Christ.

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