Home > Sermons

Well, What Do You Know?

How has Jesus opened our eyes?

Average Rating:  [see ratings/reviews]Well, What Do You Know?

Audio Sample:

Back to Outline

Add to Cart:

  • PDF Transcript $1.95add
  • Audio $1.95add
  • All Types$2.95add


"Well, what do you know?"

Knowledge plays a huge role in our Gospel reading today. The man born blind repeatedly admits, "I don't know." Where's Jesus? "I don't know." Is he a sinner? "I don't know." Who is the Son of Man? "I don't know."

By contrast, the Pharisees are insistent that they know lots: "We know this man is a sinner. We know God spoke to Moses."

And it begins with the disciples in an in-between place—we know somebody must have sinned to cause this suffering. We don't know who.

This is how I tend to approach problems, too. Or any question, really: I want to know. I keep believing that if I can just gather enough information, it will protect me against suffering. When I'm in pain, yes, I want a shoulder to cry on. But I also want a really good library and access to Wikipedia. There's a lot of truth to the saying that knowledge is power. But it's a lie to think that if we just gathered enough information, then we'd have control.

This happens on a personal scale. If I just learned this "one weird trick" to lose weight or boost my credit score, I'd have power over my habits. And it's true on a systemic scale—if we just collect everybody's phone records and emails, we'll all be safer. We tell ourselves we're just pursuing neutral information. But we start with the wrong questions and convince ourselves we've uncovered the right answers.

In this reading, there are a lot of questions—at least 18—and in the discussion between the man born blind and the Pharisees, you see these questions progress from attempts to gather information to questions that aren't really questions. They're weapons.

The story starts with one big question—a question we all ask in one form or another. "Why is this ...

sermon Preview

This sermon is available to purchase a la carte or
for subscribers at no additional cost.

To continue reading:

Rating & Reviews

Average User Rating: Not rated

No comments

Please to rate and review this sermon. Or subscribe now for full access.

Related Sermon Illustrations

Tongue Piercing Is Source of Teen's Pain

Stefania Fraccalvieri now knows that tongue piercing costs a lot more than expected. Just after she had a metal stud put through her tongue—a popular fashion trend among teenagers—Stefania ...

[ Read More ]

Salvation: Total Cure

Why did Jesus Christ not remain alive and eliminate, generation by generation, all the evils which harass humanity? Simply because He was the Great Physician, and in the finest tradition ...

[ Read More ]

More Sermon illustrations

Related videos

There are currently no related videos.

More videos

Print this pageShopping CartHelpMy Account