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•35As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind
man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36When he heard the crowd
going by, he asked what was happening. 37They told him, "Jesus
of Nazareth is passing by." 38He called out, "Jesus,
Son of David, have mercy on me!"39Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be
quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on
stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus
asked him, 41"What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he
said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you." 43Immediately
he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw
it, they also praised God.
•George Barna compared the attitudes of born-again
Christians and nonChristians. He found they are equally satisfied with their
•The majority of born-again Christians in the USA are
living for health, a successful career, a comfortable lifestyle, and a
was accompanied by a massive crowd, a great multitude. Why? They were all
headed for Jerusalem for the Passover
Blindness was very common back then
The blind were inevitably reduced to
begging because the idea was if you're blind, you're blind because you're
-blind man - helpless
-begging – he had nobody to help him
the only people who were below the blind
were tax collectors
Jesus, Son of David,"
That's His title as the one who has the right to fulfill the Davidic
Covenant in 2 Samuel 7:10-13
And I will provide a place for my people
Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no
longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did
at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed
leaders [a] over my people Israel. I will also give you rest
from all your enemies.
" 'The LORD declares to you that the
LORD himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are
over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed
you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13
He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the
throne of his kingdom forever.
The crowds that went ahead of him and those
that followed shouted, "Hosanna[b] to
the Son of David!"
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"[c] "Hosanna[d] in the highest!"
mercy on me,"
which means he confesses his helpless condition
•He is admitting he doesn’t deserve help.
-He is admitting he cannot change himself.
-Not only did he receive his sight, he was saved (sozo).
-when He gets to Jerusalem, nobody's saved until the
thief on the cross is saved.
of the primary themes of the Bible: repentance
Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was
put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of
God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at
hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
•Mark 6:12 So they went out and preached that people
•Acts 17:30 Truly, these times of ignorance God
overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent
How to repent
Tell God EXACTLY how you want to change.
“I want to see.”
“I want to stop gossiping.”
“I want to stop being jealous of others.”
“I want to stop turning to the world when
God does not force people to repent.
have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I
drawn thee." - Jeremiah 31:3
sink not below the level of a brute, for
even a brute will render good for good. It is the devil who renders evil for
good; yet you are sinking to his level if you continue in sin, and turn not
unto God, who hasdealt so kindly and so
graciously with you.
as I learn more of his goodness, it will
always continue to lead me to repentance
The lost sheep,
the lost coin,
lost son are all found.
In each case, a party follows.
God is delighted when we repent. Our
repenting is the occasion for great joy in heaven (and great rage from
Satan). Those who do not understand their own need, like the prodigal
son’s elder brother and like many of the Pharisees, will not be able to join in
the spirit of the celebration.
the week for me was the result of repentance.
(finished reading a parenting book)
Chose to let go of unforgiveness
to keep my commitment(to vacuum)
Improved relationships - 1 John 1:7
we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with
another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin."
When we repent, thereis joy in heaven.
When we repent, God has joy.
When we repent, we have joy. – Acts 3:19
Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so
that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from
God allows us to experience His joy when we repent.
We always gain more than we give up.
When we give up one pattern of
associations, the ones that kept us away from God, we gain a new pattern of
associations, people who pray for us and seek our best.
•The Holy Spirit
will not change you without your cooperation.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith
the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.'" - Isaiah 1:18
Will you not turn unto him, and live?
1. Believe God can change you.
the Niagara falls bridge was built in the late 1800’s, they attached a string
to a kite and flew it across the falls. To the string they attached a rope,
which was used to attach a chain, then a cord, then a cable. They built
concrete upon the cables. When you start saying, “I am dead to that sin…”you
may be weak, but as you continue to do that, you will get stronger.
You became a Christian by saying, “I cannot do it by myself.” You grow
in Christ in the same exact way.