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Sermon Notes


January 11, 2015 | Blind Spots


Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside


John 9:35-41


Jesus and His disciples saw a man who had been born blind.  His disciples asked him, "Why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?"

Now, for the rest of the story I will read our scripture passage; John 9:35-41.


“When Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, He found him and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

“Who is He, Sir,  that I may believe in Him?” he asked.

Jesus answered, “You have seen Him; in fact, He is the One speaking with you.”

“I believe, Lord!” he said, and he worshiped Him.

Jesus said, “I came into this world  for judgment,  in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.”

Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and asked Him, “We aren’t blind too, are we?”

“If you were blind,” Jesus told them, “you wouldn’t have sin.  But now that you say, ‘We see’—your sin remains.”



You Know What a Blind Spot Is.


  1. Blind spots are created because it is physically impossible to see everything at once.

  2. When the Pharisees tried to find a legal technicality to undo the miracle that Jesus had performed, they show themselves to have a blind spot where Jesus is concerned.

  3. Jesus said he came so that those who do not see may see, and that those who think they see will realize that they are blind.

  4. When we have spiritual blind spots we can’t see what God is doing.

  5. Even if you are spiritually gifted, there are still going to be some blind spots.



A blind spot will keep you from seeing what you’re really doing.


  1. When we have blind spots, we may be hurting others, and not realize it.

  2. If we don’t check out or blind spots, if we don’t watch out, our blind spots can injure our brothers and sisters in Christ.

  3. There were essentially two kinds of people: those who were blind which he came to make see, and those who thought they were seeing when they were actually blind.



These Pharisees had good intentions but they were blind and didn’t know it.  Every one of us is susceptible to not seeing things that God is doing, and to not seeing how our behavior affects people harmfully. But if fail to recognize that we too are blind, then we limit the ability of Jesus to give us spiritual eyesight.


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