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!
Introduction—Security is a commodity that many of us love to have. We want to go to bed at night and feel secure that we are safe from any harm or danger. We also want to know if we are going to have enough financial means to make through the day, week, month, and year. We also think it nice to know what our retirement account will look like when and if we ever get there. Will there be another crash of the stock market? Will my money draw enough interest to survive into my 80’s?
It is a comfortable feeling when we can know that everything is going to be all right. If we are honest with each other, we know security is so difficult to come by. We aren’t sure many times what really is going to happen in the near future or distant future.
I believe God designed it that way so we could rely on Him for our security. When things don’t seem to be going our way, we can call on Him and know we are loved, safe, and secure. God is our security. He has the greatest return of investment and it is all guaranteed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now that is what I call security.
Read John 10:22-38
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
- Knowing security means knowing Jesus—verses 22-26
- So, John includes this festival of dedication in his gospel. Why? He mentions it because of the words Jesus says in verse 36. Jesus says that He is “set apart,” and John realizes that this statement can connect to the people because He said it during the festival f dedication. The temple was “set apart” during this festival.
- We are God’s temple and we are to be “set apart.”
- So in order to be secure, we must be “set apart” and dedicated to God. Jesus is the only way we can do that.
- We must know Jesus to have security.
- Jesus does not usually reveal His entire plan for you so you can trust Him as your Lord and Savior.
- He gives us the information that we need, not what we want. Let me qualify that for you. Jesus tells His listeners plainly, I am the “Son of God.”
- It is us that have not listened. Today the Scriptures are coming more and more fulfilled in the area of listening to what we want to hear
- 2 Timothy 4:3—For a time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itchy ears want to hear.
- In our text this morning the Jews ask Jesus “how long will you keep us in suspense?” “Tell us if you are the Messiah?” If you have been with us anytime here at FBC, you will know as we have been traveling through the book John, Jesus has mentioned the fact that He is actually the Messiah. When you turn off your spiritual ears and listen with your human ears you won’t be able to hear Jesus say I am the Messiah.
- When you come to church without any expectations of hearing from God, you won’t. You will hear a story, or a good lesson, or something you can talk to someone else about. But if you come to church expecting to hear from the Messiah Himself, then you will. He is eager to meet you where you are. He wants you to hear Him when He is speaking to you. I hope you can see the difference.
- Maybe you have been coming to church out of sense of duty or to be a productive citizen, instead of sense of excitement and desire to draw near to Jesus. When you come with wrong motives, 2 Tim 4:3, now begins to manifest itself into your life. Sound doctrine isn’t very appealing or palatable anymore. You begin to place you needs ahead of God’s will for your life.
- To know Jesus is to understand that He has offered Himself to all and that He is the only security we need.
Illustration—No Jesus No Security, Know Jesus Know Security: sometimes it is just reading between the lines.
Application—Do you want to be secure today? Then know Jesus today.
- Eternal Security is only found in a relationship to Jesus—verses 27-30
- 3 things to secure your eternity
- Listening to Jesus
- Knowing Jesus
- Following Jesus
- Eternal life is the result
- Eternal life begins immediately even as you live now
- Jesus assures us that once we have placed our faith in Him and Him alone, we are forever secure. We are in His hands. How much more secure can we get than that?
- I will tell you how much more: As we are in Jesus hands, he then says that He (Jesus) is in the father’s hands.
- Jesus says that once you place your faith in me, you are secure forever. How did I get that from that verse? He says that no one can snatch you from my father’s hand. Where are we placed? In Jesus hand. He says you can’t be snatched from Jesus’ grasp. Then He goes one step further, and says and by the way, I am in my Father’s hand because He has given you to Jesus.
- Double security. Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
- Verse 30, really sums it up—I and the Father are one. You don’t have to worry about any shake up in the Godhead. There is no doubt about the relationship of Jesus and God. It is in tact. It is unshakeable. It is immoveable. Security never looked better!
Application—Have you secured your eternity yet? The offer is always available. Chose your eternal home today.
- To have security, we are required to believe in the Word—verses 31-38
- I am not here to convince you to believe in Jesus. I am here to point you to Him through the Word of God. My words are not important. His Words are what are important
- Jesus is about to be stoned by the religious leaders. You ever notice when we place religion above relationship what happens? Religion gains momentum. Tradition becomes more important because it sounds practical.
- A relationship with Christ is much more than a tradition. It is an investment of you time, talents, and resources. When you love someone you spends time with them, you can’t wait to be with them, and you believe in them. You give away yourself to them.
- That is why the Word is so important, so you can know a real Jesus that is revealed to us through the Scriptures.
- Sunday only Scriptures won’t last all week. You will starve and become malnourished.
- Jesus tried His best to convince a religious group that He and the Father were one, so they could have a relationship with Him, but they chose their own way instead.
- Today, as you ponder your relationship with Christ, ask yourself this question: Do I believe what the Word of God teaches or something else someone else like mom, dad, teacher, or friend has told you to believe. Jesus wants you to know that you can have security today by knowing what the Bible says about Him.
Application—Have you decided to follow Jesus yet? What are you waiting for?
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,