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

John Lesson #6

 
 

John Lesson #6
John 1
 
2.     The Character of John's Witness.
 

John the Baptist was a puzzle to the religious leaders of his day...they could not figure him out. So they asked him a series of questions. 

v. 19        "Who are you?"

It was obvious that he was unusual, and had a spiritual authority about him. Their real question was: "Are you the Messiah we've been waiting for?"

v. 20        Made it clear.
v. 21        "Are you Elijah?"

They knew from the OT that he never died, but was caught up to heaven alive. The Jews expected that perhaps one day Elijah would come back.

John said no. "Are you that prophet?" [Deut. 18 predicted] No!
v. 27        When the true Messiah comes, there will be no comparison.
 

Next, John refers them to the OT prophecies about the forerunner, which is him!

v. 23        Isaiah 40:3 is the prediction of John the Baptist, hundreds of years before he was born.

Malachi 3:1
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Still puzzled, they ask another question:

v. 25        Do you have the authority then to be baptizing, if you're not the Messiah?

v. 26-27, 33    God sent me to baptize with water, but there's a more important baptism which I cannot perform.

 

One day the religious leaders asked Jesus where He got HIS authority. He answered with a question:

Matthew 21:25
The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men?

The answer, clearly, was from heaven! 

 

John was called a voice crying in the wilderness, because not many in his day were listening. Sound familiar?

 
 
        a.     Jesus is eternal.
 
        b.     Jesus is grace and truth.
 
        c.     Jesus reveals God to us.
 
 
        d.     Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

vv. 32-34        John grew up with Jesus, just 6 months older that Him. Somehow God had revealed to John that one day he would baptize a man and the Spirit would light on Him like a dove, and that would be the Messiah, the Son of God!

 
v. 34        "And I saw" ... it happen!

Matthew 3:16-17
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

v. 18        'only begotten Son' [Jn. 3:16] What is this 'begat'? Does that mean Jesus was created? How can Jesus be eternal if He was begotten?

Begotten = unique, one of a kind. He was only begotten in a sense of birth in that He was born on earth but conceived from His Heavenly Father.

 

The purpose of John's gospel is to prove Jesus is the Son of God.

John 20:31
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Jewish Law stated that in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses a thing is established as fact. John lays out 6 witnesses to Jesus being the Son of God.

1.     Nathaniel - 1:49

2.     Peter - John 6:69
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

3.     Blind man - John 9:35-38
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

4.     Martha - John 11:27
She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

5.     Thomas - John 20:28
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

6.     John the Baptist - 1:34
 

You know who else believed? The demons of hell!

Mark 3:11
And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.

Add my name to that list. I'm #7! I believe He's the Son of God!

 

A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument. I know He's real! I have evidence, inward and outward.

 
 
        d.     Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
 
 
        e.     Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God.

v. 29, 35-36    Israel was familiar w/ lamb sacrifices. Those lambs were brought TO man TO man. Jesus, however, was God's Lamb. Sent BY God to man. The OT lambs were for Israel alone, but THIS Lamb was slain for the sins of the whole world.

 

And it is the BLOOD of the Lamb that makes the difference. Everybody wants a 'pretty' religion today. Some criticize ours as a bloody religion...slaughterhouse gospel. But the life is in the blood. And Jesus on the cross was a gruesome sight...not recognizable as a man. This demonstrates the seriousness of sin in God's sight, and the price for sin is high!