As we are being challenged to read and study the book of John, I wanted to share some of my personal sermon notes with you to help you understand the book. I preached through the entire book over the course of 1 year when I pastored First Baptist Church Del Rio. Enjoy!
Intro—Are you thankful today? If you are here, you are one of the 7 plus billion people alive today. You should be thankful to alive in this present age. You may say, why? I will tell you. Today more than ever before, the Good News of Jesus Christ is being proclaimed around the globe. The Lamb of God is taking away the sins of the world! Amen!
- The New Testament is available in more languages and dialects than ever before. You live in time where the next great awaking could actually be fulfilled. In some areas of our world that is precisely what is taking place.
- In China, where Christianity was below 1% of the population not too long ago, is now a 5% Christian Nation.
- In India, the rate of people converting to Christianity is astounding. They are the fastest growing Christian Nation in the world.
- Muslims are converting at the rate of over 50,000 per day in some regions of the world.
- Are you thankful to be alive today and to know that Jesus Christ is saving the world, just like He said He would, one soul at a time.
- I thank God for the Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world, including your sins and my sins.
Read John 1:29-34
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”
- Be Thankful that we can see the Lamb of God—vs. 29-30
- The term “Lamb of God” is expressed here in verse 29 and also in verse 36. These are the only references to the title “Lamb of God” in the Bible
- The Lamb of God is a reference to a sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins.
- Lambs were sacrificed in the Old Testament as a substitute or as an atonement for sin
- The most memorable story in the O.T. is of Abraham who was asked to sacrifice his only son.
- God was testing Abraham’s obedience
- As Abraham obeyed, God provided a lamb in place of his son Isaac
- You can read the story in Gen 22:2-8
- So John is making this bold statement that Jesus is the Lamb.
- And not just any Lamb, but the Lamb of God who can take away and forgive sin
- Can you see Jesus?
- Is it even possible to see Him?
- Let me show Him to you this morning
- Look around. He is here. Look at your bible. Here is here
- Look at this meeting place. He is here.
- Look at your family, if they are here this morning. He is here
- Do you see Him now?
- Be thankful that you can see the Lamb of God in this place
Application—Are you looking for Jesus in the wrong place today?
- #2-Be Thankful that we can know the Lamb of God—vs. 31
- John says in verse 31 that he did not know who the Messiah was
- It had not been revealed that Jesus was the Messiah until the sign was given
- What was the sign?
- As John was baptizing, he was told that the One on whom the dove came and landed on would be the Messiah
- John the Baptist and Jesus were related, but John live in the desert and Jesus spent His time at home and in the synagogues. John’s mom was Elizabeth who was related to Jesus mom Mary.
- So when John says he did not know Jesus, it was the he did not know who the Messiah would be until it was revealed by this sign
- We can know the Lamb of God and that He has been revealed to us!
- #3-Be Thankful that we can tell others about the Lamb of God—vs. 32-34
- You know how you can tell if someone’s faith is genuine?
- They let others know who Jesus is
- They can’t keep it to themselves
- They have a testimony to tell
- Everyone’s testimony is different
- When we are truly converted into a Christ follower, we have a testimony
- When you come in contact with the Messiah, it changes you
- John tells us that he saw the Spirit of the Lord in the form of a dove.
- As soon as he realized that Jesus was the long awaited deliverer, he gives all honor to Him.
- He tells others that this is the Son of God
- When you are asked, “what is it that makes you different?”
- Tell them. It’s Jesus that makes the difference
Application—When you share your faith, you are being thankful to Lamb of God. When was the last time you told someone about the saving grace of Jesus or invited someone to church? Why not?
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,