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—God made a plan to see to it that you and I have His revelation about His Son so we can understand the plan fully. Nothing hiding, no secrets, just openness about this plan.
Read: John 12:20-36
20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. 30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. 34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.
- Death = Life, verses 21-26
- Jesus plan was always to die and save many. He explains it over and over. He knew the plans of God that were to prosper Him and not harm Him, Jeremiah 29:11. Jesus knew even as He faced death, He would glorify the name of Yahweh.
- Thru the death of Jesus many would be saved. Many are saved but all are given opportunity to be saved, but not all will answer the call to be saved.
- When a kernel of wheat dies in order to produce many seeds, it is not that all the seeds aren’t given the same treatment to reproduce more wheat, but not all actually germinate and produce life.
- We are all given a chance to respond to the Gospel, but not all will for some reason or another. We have other responsibilities that get in our way
- Whoever loves life more than Jesus will have this life only and it is a short life. Whoever loves Jesus more than life, will inherit eternal life.
- You must die to self in order to truly live.
- If you really follow Jesus, you will serve Him.
- The plan is being revealed and sometimes we don’t like it, do we? Why cant I love life, why do I have to serve? Maybe eternal life isn’t for you. Maybe a temporary life of 80 years is what you truly want, instead of eternity. I don’t know.
- What I can tell is this: Living for Jesus requires dying to yourself and to this selfish life that many live while they are on earth. That is God’s plan
- Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, not your Kingdom and your life plan.
Application—Have you died to your selfish life yet? If not what are you holding on to?
- Loss = Gain, verses 27-34
- When you lose your life, you gain your Jesus life
- Your Jesus life looks like this: Yes Lord I will follow. Yes Lord I will listen. Yes Lord I will answer. Yes Lord I will go. Yes Lord here I am. Yes Lord I love you. Yes Lord how can I serve you? Yes Lord, Yes Lord, Yes Lord.
- Maybe that doesn’t sound like your life.
- Maybe this is what you call your Jesus life: No Lord I won’t follow. No Lord I won’t listen. No Lord I won’t answer. No Lord I won’t go. No Lord, I am not here. No Lord, I don’t love you. No Lord I won’t serve you. No Lord, No Lord, No Lord.
- Does that sound like you?
- Today Jesus is revealing His plan to you again. You can lose your life in order to gain your Jesus life.
- Your loss is His gain. You can live the surrendered life, simply by confessing your stubbornness and selfish life and asking god to restore you into a right relationship with Him.
- Just like the crowd in verse 29, they were there and they heard the voice of God, you are here this morning hearing the voice of God through the Word of God.
- You too may have questions just like them. What does it mean to die to self? What does it mean to hate my life? What does it mean that Jesus must die in order for me to live?
Application—Have you lost your life for His sake today?
- Light > Darkness, verses 35-36
- Jesus is the light. He gives light to this dark world.
- 1 John 4:4—You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
- The world is in the midst of chaos. From Russia and Ukraine, the U.S. and Afghanistan, to Israel and the Palestinians.
- Jesus said that we would only have Him for a little while longer in verse 35. I know He was talking about His crucifixion, but one day this world as we know it, will come to an end. It could be sooner than we think with everything that is happening.
Application—Have you stepped into the light? Today you can make Jesus your King by placing you faith in Him.
Conclusion—Death = Life, Loss = Gain, and Light > Darkness
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,