The Irony of Grace

Dear Blind,
 
John 9 is one of my top 10 favorite chapters in scripture. It deals with a man who is blind and the question of  why he is blind? Whose sin caused the man to be born blind?
 
John’s Gospel specializes in irony: the sighted don’t see what the blind can see, the dead are made alive, Jesus makes the religious “insiders” appear to be “outsiders.”
 
The healing of the blind man and the subsequent reaction is one of John’s most ironic moments. In just a few verses, John messes with our definitions of “blind” and “religious.” We, the religious who have  come to church to have our presuppositions about ourselves and Jesus confirmed by the gospel find ourselves dislocated, dislodged by the gospel. We would very much like to identify  with the poor blind man who is miraculously healed. Instead, we find that we are made to identify with the smug religious leaders who are unable to celebrate Jesus’ gratuitous act of mercy upon an afflicted man.
 
Simply put, John helps us to explore the irony of grace.
 
Do not miss worship this Sunday. Rev Larron Jackson, former Bronco and American Baptist Pastor, will be our preacher for the day!
 
Please hold Claudia and Roger Larson’s family in your prayers. There was much stirring in my heart and mind last Sunday on All Saints, and I failed to let you know that Claudia’s brother Paul Hinds, had died in Texas. Please keep them in your prayers. I am thankful for the Larson’s grace.
 
Another matter for prayer is the health of Debbi Meador. It seems we are rapidly approaching the time when the healing of her cancer could only be explained through the miraculous ways of God. Medical science has certainly not given up , but they are running out of options that might lead toward healing. Your prayers are requested. Debbi is currently at Aurora Medical Center, but will probably soon return to Skybridge. Lord have mercy.
 
Still in One Peace,
 
Pastor David J. Jensen

(Editor's note: Traveling mercies are extended to Pastor Dave, Pastor Milt, Jill Maclay, her sister, Matt & Lizzie Schneider and others of their group as they leave today for Israel. )

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