Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
April 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM
Subject
Sight: Its Value and Limitations
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday April 12, 2015
Sight: Its Value and Limitations
“ Except I shall see in his hands the prints of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nail...I will not believe.” John 20:25.
Every normal person is born with five biological 
capacities; they are sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. 
Each of these capacities has its unique, or special, function. 
Sadly, not every person is born with normality in all five of 
these capacities. Probably the more debilitating deficits 
are sight and sound. Three highly profiled individuals 
deprived of sight are Bartimaeus of the Bible, Helen 
Keller, and Ray Charles. Not one of these individuals is 
the focus for this first Sunday after Easter 2015, instead, 
the emphasis will be on the disciple known as Doubting 
Thomas. His problem was not the absence of sight, rather, 
it was relying on sight to see prints on the risen Savior 
before accepting the fact that Christ was indeed risen from 
the dead. That well known episode will anchor the sermon 
today entitled, “Sight: Its values and limitations”. It will 
include the following three dimensions, namely: sight in 
normal independent living, limitations of sight to detect all 
realities, and superior of faith over sight in Christian 
percepts. 
Instead of highlighting the scriptural anchor at this 
point, the analysis will be directed to the first point of 
the sermon which is - sight in normal independent living. 
While all five of the senses are important, it can be 
concluded that sight is the most essential. It is with this 
capacity that the infant learns people and objects in its 
environment. Later it will learn to read, write, watch the 
media and, when old enough, to play games, and interact 
with a variety of people in different settings. It must be 
noted, however, that programs and services exist to aid 
those deprived of sight to experience various aspects of 
life. Moreover, there are notable examples of individuals 
who etched their name in history even through they were 
blind. Two such persons are Helen Keller who was also 
deprived of the sense of sound and the other person was 
Ray Charles, the musicians without sought. During the time 
of Jesus’ earthly ministry, there was a person blind; his 
name was Bartiamus and Jesus restored Bartiamus’s 
sight. In response to inquiries about how it happened, 
Bartiamus said, “...whereas I was blind, I now see”. 
He was ecstatic by the view of people, the wonders of 
nature, and ability to move independently on his journey. 
The reality of this episode leads to the second point 
of the sermon which is - the limitation of sight to detect 
all realities. While normal sight can discern most physical 
realities such as people, objects, hills, rivers, rocks and 
numerous other artifacts, there are nonetheless phenomena 
that the eye can not detect. Probably, the two most 
dangerous “things” are electricity and carbon monoxide; yet 
they exist, and if improperly used or not detect, will lead to 
death. This fact is applicable whether or not the individual 
has the blessing of sight. Jesus, in his conversation with 
Nicodemus - the ruler of the Jews - referred to a natural 
occurrence that Nicodemus, although having sight, was 
unable to see and yet he could recognize its blowing. 
Hence, it must be concluded that sight, while highly 
desirable, can not detect all of the physical and cosmic 
forces in the universe. 
Against the backdrop of the preceding dimensions 
of the sermon, the focus will now shift to the third and 
and final concern which is - the superiority of faith over 
sight regarding the doctrines and creeds of Christianity. 
This fact is a recurring theme in much of Jesus’ teachings 
along with the theology of Saint Paul. Of particular 
germane for this First Sunday after Easter is John’s 
account of Thomas’ reaction to the news regarding 
the appearance of the risen Savior to the eleven 
disciples/apostles. Thomas received the news but 
indicated the condition under which he would believe 
that Jesus was indeed alive. That stance of Thomas 
caused him to be labeled as Doubting Thomas. Saint 
John penned that Thomas said, “Except I shall see 
in his hands, and put my finger into the prints of the 
nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not 
believe.” ( Jo. 20:25 ). That narrative continued with 
Jesus reappearing eight days later, the doors being shut, 
and he said, “Peace, be unto you”. Then Jesus said unto 
Thomas, “ Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; 
and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side; and 
be not faithless, but believing”. Thomas did as instructed 
and uttered “My Lord and my God”. Within that short 
sentence, Thomas was acknowledging Jesus first as 
Lord - a spiritual being with power, authority, and love. 
The second title was God. Thomas was referring to the 
saving power that Jesus wrought on Calvary for the 
salvation of anyone who believes in and accepts the 
finished work of Christ. Jesus echoed Thomas’ statement 
and said, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me thou hast 
believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have 
believed. Beloved that divine assertion echoes across the 
eons of time, and assures Christians through the world to 
cherish the old rugged cross and, concurrently, recite the 
Easter song of last Sunday - He lives, he lives Christ Jesus 
lives today. 
In closing, the gift of sight is a blessing; it enables the 
individual to have a large measure of independence. Yet 
this cherished ability can not enable one to see all of the 
realities of the universe, nor can it penetrate the arena of 
eternity; hence, faith becomes the conduit through which 
humankind is connection and generate images of divine 
matters. Remember, the Bible teaches, “... he that cometh 
to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of 
them that diligently seek him.” ( Heb. 11:6 ). Amen!
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