River Rock Baptist Church
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
All To The Glory of God

John Lesson #5

 
 
 
John Lesson #5

 

John 1

 

A witness is to tell the truth that he knows. He testifies before God and everyone the truth. Jesus is God, and I can prove it. I call to the stand John the Baptist!

 

John the Baptist was a relative of Jesus. Their mothers, Mary and Elizabeth were cousins. John was 6 months older than Jesus, and they probably knew one another and played together when they were young. John is mentioned 89 times in Scripture. He introduced Jesus as the Messiah to his people.

 

He is called the forerunner, and the voice of one crying in the wilderness.

 

He would be imprisoned and martyred for his bold preaching. John had the boldness to confront Herod when he stole his brother, Phillip's, wife, Herodias. 

 

His greatest endorsement came from Jesus...

Luke 7:28
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist:

John's message was Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! Why? It was dark days for Israel, spiritually, when Christ came. They hadn't had a prophet in 400 years. God had been silent. Their spiritual leaders had slid into tradition and many were corrupt. King Herod [the great] was a tyrant with 9 wives. When he didn't care for a wife he would have her executed. You didn't want to burn the biscuits in that house!

 

America is in dark days as well, and repent is the message we need to send out as well. Instead, we have feel good messages, and preachers patting us on the back, telling us we are good and how we can prosper and enhance our lifestyle. We need bold preachers like John the Baptist who will preach repentance! Because Jesus is coming soon...the kingdom of heaven is at hand just as it was in John's day.

 

Repent = to turn around. A change of mind which leads to a change of action. And John said that if you have truly repented, there would be two evidences: Baptism and a changed life. John's message was--Don't make this salvation decision if you're not gonna back it up and follow thru and live the life!

 

John was a man sent from God to be a witness. "Witness" is used 47 times in this gospel, and is a key concept. A witness is someone who tells what they have seen, heard, or experienced. 

 

v. 6-8, 15a       If you've ever been called as a witness for someone accused of a crime, you know it's a serious matter.

 

A witness is someone who knows something, and then can share it with someone else.

 

The Bible says you and I are to be witnesses. We have seen, heard, and experienced, and we must share.

Acts 1:8
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 5:32
And we are his witnesses of these things...

 
 
1.     The Content of John's Witness.
        a.     Jesus is eternal. v. 15

'preferred before me' = He is greater than I am...look at Him, not me.

 

'He was before me' doesn't mean chronological age, since Jesus was a few months younger. This is a reference to His eternal nature. 

 

This is important because Satan's primary goal is to undermine the person of Jesus Christ. Cults start when someone denies Jesus' Godhood. 

 

We don't bash other churches, but I will quote them...

Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe John's witness:

In "Let God be True", p. 33 they say, "Thus he [Jesus] is ranked in God's creation, being first among them...he is not the author...but after God created him, God made him his partner." This means Jesus is not eternal and not part of the Godhead. 

 
I believe John's witness.
 

Muslims don't believe John's witness:

From the Koran: "Verily, Jesus is as Adam in the sight of God. He created him of dust; He then said to him, BE, and he was" (Surah 3:52)

 
I believe John's witness.
 

Mormons don't believe John's witness:

Mormons try to have it both ways. They say Jesus is 'a' God, but not 'the' God. They claim the Bible as well as other books. And they end up in a salvation which is by good works, not by the work of Christ on the cross.

 
I believe John's witness.
 

All religions cannot be equally true. They are mutually exclusive. We can't all be right. I believe John's witness.

 
A man is known by 5 things:

·      His character-what he is.

·      His conversation-what he says.

·      His conduct-what he does.

·      His contributions-what he gives.

·      His creed-what he believes.

 

Apply these standards to Jesus and you quickly realize he was no ordinary man.

Jesus' character was flawless...He had all the fruit of the Spirit all of the time. Who else can you say that about?

Jesus' conversation: Even His enemies said never a man spake as He. All were astonished at the powerful things He said. And His words have resonated for 2,000 years, changing lives.

Jesus' conduct: Even His enemies admitted He was perfect and sinless in the end.

Jesus' contributions: He gives hope to the hopeless, sight to the blind, and to a lame man that asked for alms Jesus gave legs! What's more, He gives eternal life to all who believe on Him!

Jesus' creed: He claimed to be the eternal, pre-existent Son of God, and proved it when He rose from the dead!

 
 
        a.     Jesus is eternal.
        b.     Jesus is grace and truth. [fullness of both]

vv. 16-17        Truth says we deserve hell. Grace says, but you're not going to get what you deserve...but something you don't deserve.

 

Truth says if you sin, you die...and the wages of sin is death. But grace says, I will die in your place, and take your wages for you. Jesus fulfilled both grace and truth by dying in our place.

 

'Grace without truth would be deceitful. Truth without grace would be condemning.' W. Wiersbe

 

When Jesus paid our sin debt, the demands of truth were satisfied, so now God is free to extend His grace.

 

John 2 tells of a wedding in Cana, but the first marriage in this book is in chapter 1, the marriage of grace and truth!

 

v. 17        The OT 'law' was full of judgment...'do this and this and this...or die!' But grace and truth put an end to the law!

 

ill.--an adulteress was brought to Jesus, and Jesus ran off her accusers, and said, I don't condemn you [that's grace]...then He said, Go and sin no more [truth of repentance!]

 

v. 16        'grace for grace' = grace on top of grace, or grace after grace after grace, like waves of the ocean coming in unceasingly. It's the manifold grace of God. 

 
 
        a.     Jesus is eternal.
 
        b.     Jesus is grace and truth.
 
        c.     Jesus reveals God to us.
v. 18        In Jesus we can see God and relate to Him.

Colossians 1:14-15
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

I believe John's witness!