JOHN 1

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John 1 - Christmas

 

John 1:1-5

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

 

HE IS THE EXPRESSION OF GOD – Vs. 1 – The Word

HE IS THE ESSENCE OF GOD – Vss. 1-2 – He is God

HE IS THE ENGINEER OF GOD – Vs. 3 – Creator

HE IS THE ENERGY OF GOD – Vss. 4-5 – Light and Life

HE IS THE ENIGMA OF GOD – Vs. 5 – “And the darkness comprehended it not.”

 

 

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John 1:1-5

WHO IS HE?

 

We get a better understanding of the identity of the Lord Jesus as we consider the first 5 verses of John's Gospel.

 

JESUS IS ETERNAL GOD Vss. 1-2

JESUS IS CREATOR Vs. 3

JESUS IS LIFE AND LIGHT Vss. 4-5

 

 

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John 1:1-5

THE WORD

 

Jesus is the "Word" of God. Words express thoughts. Through Jesus we have

the very thoughts of who God is, because Jesus is God in the flesh.

 

THE PRESENCE OF THE WORD - Vss. 1-2

He has been around since the beginning. He is eternal.

 

THE POSITION OF THE WORD - Vs. 1

He is God!

 

THE POWER OF THE WORD - Vs. 3

He is creator. See Colossians 1:16 and Hebrews 1:2.

 

THE PARTICULARS ABOUT THE WORD - Vss. 4-5

He is life and light!

 

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John 1:1-5, 14

THE SUPERIOR SON

 

I have been to some good ball games, and to some superior ball games.

I have had some good steak dinners, and I've had some superior steak dinners.

I have met some good people, and I have met people who were superior in their Godliness.

When it comes to superiority however, there is none more superior than the sinless Son Of God. Our Lord Jesus is:

 

SUPERIOR IN HIS IDENTITY Vss. 1-2

He is eternal in His existence. Micah 5:2

He is God!

 

SUPERIOR IN HIS INITIATIVE Vss. 3-5

When someone takes initiative, it means that he or she gets something started.

 

1.     Jesus initiated creation. Vs. 3, Hebrews 1:1-2, Colossians 1:16

2.     Jesus initiated life. Vs. 4  (1 John 5:11-12)

      In Him was both physical and spiritual life. You can explain the

      Gospel here by using three words - SIN (Romans 3:23), SAVIOR

      (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), SELECTION (John 3:16)

3.     Jesus initiated light. Vss. 4-5

 

SUPERIOR IN HIS INVOLVMENT Vs. 14

Jesus left heaven to involve Himself in our lives.

He became flesh and dwelled among us.  You might say "He pitched His tent with us."

 

 

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John 1:6-13

THE LIGHT

 

THE LIGHT ANNOUNCED - Vss. 6-9

THE LIGHT AVOIDED - Vss. 10-11

THE LIGHT ACCEPTED - Vss. 12-13

 

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John 1:6-14

AND THERE WAS LIGHT!

 

The "light" here is the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

LIGHT REPRESENTED (By John) Vss. 6-8

LIGHT REVEALED Vss. 9,10,14

LIGHT REJECTED Vs. 11

LIGHT RECEIVED Vss. 12-13

 

 

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John 1:10-14

THE GREAT ARRIVAL

 

Jesus came to earth and it was a great arrival. While He was here He experienced:

 

THE GREAT REJECTION - Vss. 10-11

THE GREAT RECEPTION - Vs. 12

THE GREAT REGENERATION - Vs. 13

THE GREAT REVELATION - Vs. 14

 

 

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John 1:10-14

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH JESUS?

 

Everyone who has heard the Gospel will do something with Jesus.

Here are three possibilities.

 

THERE ARE REJECTERS - Vss. 10-11

Some will refuse to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

A person who makes no decision concerning Christ has actually decided not to believe in Christ.

 

THERE ARE RECEIVERS - Vss. 12-13

Every person who believes in Christ becomes a child of God and has been born of God. See John 3:1-8

 

THERE ARE REFLECTORS - Vs. 14

John saw Christ's glory and believed on Him. After that he reflected that glory through His words and his actions.  We who have seen Christ's glory through salvation are to do the same. Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 3:15

 

Are you a rejecter, or are you and a receiver and a reflector?

 

 

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John 1:15-18

ENCOURAGED BY JESUS

 

There is so much that discourages us (Use your own examples.).

God wants us encouraged and encouraging others. Isaiah 41:10, Hebrews 24-25

There is no greater encourager than the Lord Jesus. John 14:16, 12-18, 26-27.

Our text shows us 3 ways that we can be encouraged by Jesus.

 

ENCOURAGED BECAUSE HE IS FOREMOST - Vs. 15

John the Baptist is speaking in this verse.

He is telling us that Jesus is foremost.

In the human time frame, John was first in birth and ministry.  However, John is saying that Jesus is first. He was before John in power, glory, deity, and preexistence. Micah 5:2&4, John 1:1-5, 27, Colossians 1:15-18, Hebrews 1:1-4

We should be encouraged by this truth about the Lord Jesus.

Because He is foremost:

There is no problem that He does not understand.

There is no problem too big for Him to solve.

There is no task that He cannot enable you to perform.

There is no trial too great for Him to get you through it. Philippians 4:13, 1 John 4:4

 

ENCOURAGED BECAUSE OF HIS FULNESS - Vss. 16-17

Vs. 16 - Perhaps you've heard the expression "That's all there is, and there is no more."

Jesus is all that there is. He is complete. He is full. Colossians 1:19

Jesus is all there is of holiness, righteousness, love, joy, peace, mercy, power, redemption, and sanctification.

 

Jesus is speaking of all believers when he says, John 1:16 "And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace."

 

Jesus Christ lives inside of us, and we have experienced His fullness at work in our lives. Out of His fullness comes His grace. We received grace at salvation, but God continues to pour out "grace upon grace" through Christ.  We never run out of grace as we walk with Him. 2 Peter 3:18

 

Vs. 17 - God gave the law through Moses. The law was good.  Jesus Christ is better than the law, because in Him is found grace and truth. He fulfilled the law.

Jesus Christ satisfied the truth of the law through His perfect life, substitutionary death, and resurrection. We have grace because of His work on the cross. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

ENCOURAGED BECAUSE OF HIS FAITHFULNESS - Vs. 18

No man has literally seen God at any time.

Jesus Christ, God's Son, has been faithful to reveal God to us. John 14:8-11

Because we see Jesus, we see God.

We understand God, because Jesus came in a form we can understand. This is why studying the Gospels is so important.

God wants us to know Him, so He sent His Son to us. Be encouraged!

 

 

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John 1:19-28

JOHN’S CONFESSION

 

John was approached on behalf of the religious leaders in Jerusalem inquiring about his ministry. John gave the following confession.

 

A FAITHFUL CONFESSION – Vss. 19-20

He was not the Christ.

 

A FOCUSED CONFESSION – Vss. 21-24

John did not claim to be anyone special. He was just focused on being a voice crying in the wilderness as mentioned in Isaiah 40:3. “Make straight the way of the Lord.”

 

A FABULOUS CONFESSION – Vss. 25-28

John was pointing to one who dwelled among them. John was pointing to one so special that even he (John) was not worthy to unloose His shoe’s latchet.

 

 

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John 1:19-34

FAITHFUL WITNESS

 

INTERROGATION OF JOHN – Vss. 19-24

INSIGHT FROM JOHN – Vss. 25- 28

IDENTIFICATION BY JOHN – Vss. 29-34

 

 

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John 1:19-34

HERE COMES JESUS!

 

THE PHARISEES' REQUEST - Vss. 19-22, 24

The Pharisees were questioning the identity of John.

They wanted to know just who he claimed to be.

 

JOHN'S REPLY - Vss. 23, 25-28

John's reply centered on the coming of the Lord Jesus.

John was only a servant to the one who would truly baptize with the Spirit.

 

JESUS REVEALED - Vss. 29-34

1. As Savior (Lamb of God) - Vs. 29

2. As Superior - Vs. 30

3. By the Spirit - Vss. 31-34

 

 

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John 1:19-34

POINTING TO CHRIST

 

The ministry of John the Baptist was to point people to Christ.

 

JOHN'S POSITION - Vss. 19-24 - He was asked his identity. He

replied with a quote of Isaiah 40:3 John was a "voice crying in the

wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord..."

 

JOHNS PROPHECY - Vss. 25-28 - John predicted that the Messiah

to come was greater than John himself.  Compared to Him, John was

not even worthy enough to untie Jesus' shoes.

 

JOHN'S PROCLAMATION  - Vss. 29-36

1. Jesus is the Lamb of God. Vss. 29,35-36

2. Jesus was identified as Messiah when the Spirit of God came upon

Him. Vss. 30-33

3. Jesus is the Son of God. Vs. 34

 

 

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John 1:40-42 etc.

ENLISTED!

 

In October of 1970 I enlisted in the U.S. Army.  Anyone who knows me will say, "Wait a minute, Jack!  You were drafted!"  Yes, I was drafted, but at the request of the military I signed on the dotted line.  I didn't have to go in the army. I could have chosen to go to jail. I am one of many, who over the years has been enlisted to serve either through the draft or through voluntary enlistment.

 

Before ever being enlisted into the U.S. army, I was enlisted in the Lord's army, sometime in early 1964.  Listening to Billy Graham on the radio, I knelt by my bedside and trusted Christ as my Savior.  Anyone who is saved has been enlisted to serve the Lord.  One of the first people enlisted was the Apostle Peter.

 

HE WAS COMPELLED BY HIS BROTHER. Vss. 40-42

After Andrew found the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, he brought Peter to meet Him.

I believe that it was at this time that Peter believed on Him. Please note:

1. The PRIORITY that Andrew places on finding his brother.

2. The PRONOUNCEMENT that Andrew makes to Peter. "We have found the Messiah..."

3. The PROJECTION that Jesus makes concerning Peter. Peter's name was Simon. The Lord had plans for Peter that would make him to be a stone, or a rock. He would be solid.  Peter was anything but that when he started. The Lord has plans, a projection for each one of our lives. He plans to use us in specific ways.

 

HE WAS CALLED BY HIS MASTER. Matthew 4:18-20

Peter is now shown God's plan for his life. He was to follow the Lord Jesus, and the Lord would make Him a fisher of men.  The Lord is still calling us today to follow Him so, we too, can be made fishers of men.

 

HE WAS CONVICTED BY HIS SAVIOR. Luke 5:1-11

First Peter was saved. Next, he was called to follow Jesus. Evidently Peter wasn't following the Lord full time.  In this passage we find him back at the fishing nets.  The end result of this experience with Jesus is that Peter is convicted of just what a sinner he is. He is now ready to follow Jesus full time. "They forsook all, and followed him." (Vs. 11)

 

 

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John 1:35-41 etc.

WHAT SHALL I BRING?

 

Bringing is very much a part of our daily lives. If we are invited to someone's house or to a church event we ask, "What can I bring?" If we are going to a special event, we often think about who we can bring along with us. In fact that's why some of you are here this morning.

 

Perhaps the most important question we can ask ourselves is, "What can I bring to Jesus?" After all, He is God, and one day every one of us is going to bow before him. Philippians 2:9-11 We will also answer to Jesus as our judge - 2 Timothy 4:1

 

One of the twelve apostles seemed to be very adept at bringing the right things to Jesus. His name was Andrew, and he is probably best remembered as the brother of Simon Peter. Everyone knows about Peter, not as many know about Andrew. Andrew was one apostle who seemed to have a good grasp of what to bring to the Lord Jesus. He is seen in three different places trying to bring somebody to Jesus.

 

Now before Andrew could bring anything to Jesus, someone had to bring Him to Jesus. The person responsible for that was a man named John the Baptist. John the Baptist was a mighty prophet who had the job of preparing the Jewish people for the coming of their Messiah, the Lord Jesus. John preached a baptism of repentance. The baptism was testimony that people had confessed their sins and were waiting for their coming King.

 

John did not claim to be the Messiah. He wasn't. Mark 1:8, John 1:26-27 When Jesus did show up, John made this stunning announcement in John 1:29 - …Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John was actually alluding to the reason that Jesus came to earth the first time. He came to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world. Lambs were used as sacrifices in the temple for the sins of the people. God's lamb that would pay for the sins of the world was the sinless Son of God! He died to pay for your sins and mine. Romans 5:6-8,

 

My friend God loved you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. 1 John 4:10

Of course, Jesus did rise from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

We are told that the next day John again identified Jesus. John 1:35-39

Andrew was one of those two disciples that followed Jesus, talked to Him, and believed on Him. The reason we try to bring people to Jesus is so that they too will believe on him.

 

To believe on Jesus is trust in Him, to put all our dependence on Him as the one who died for our sins and gives us eternal life. John 3:16

When someone truly believes in Jesus from the heart their life is changed forever. They become what the Bible calls "born again", and because of the presence of God, the Holy Spirit in the life, they are different. Bringing things to Jesus begins by bringing yourself. Have you trusted Him as your Savior?

 

ANDREW BROUGHT A RELATIVE John 1:40-42 

Have you ever discovered something you wanted someone else to know about? Sometimes we find a great restaurant or a great bargain, and we can't wait to tell people. Andrew found the Messiah and he couldn't wait to tell Brother Peter. Right away he went out and found his brother, and let it be known that he had found the Messiah!

 

What motivated Andrew to be so aggressive?

 

A.   He was convinced.

Andrew was convinced that he had found the one that was promised in Old Testament Scriptures. If we are going to bring relatives and friends to Jesus as Andrew did, we too need to be convinced. We need to be so convinced that we ourselves have trusted the Lord Jesus as Savior. And we need to be convinced that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. John 14:6, Acts 4:12

 

B.   He was concerned.

Andrew was concerned that Peter knew whom he knew. Andrew wanted Peter to be part of the family of God.

If we are going to be good about bringing people to Jesus, we need to be concerned about their Spiritual wellbeing.

Why should we be so concerned as to whether someone trusts Christ or not? John 3:36

 

Are you convinced and concerned that someone you know is without Christ? How will you go about sharing the Gospel with that person?

1.     Pray for the person's salvation.

2.     Ask God for opportunity to share.

3.     Share the Gospel, telling the person what Christ has done for you.

4.     Give them a tract, ask them to read it, and then discuss it with them. 

5.     Bring the person to a church where the Gospel is preached.

 

Andrew brought a relative to Christ. Who will you bring?

 

ANDREW BROUGHT A RESOURCE - John 6:1-12

This is a great story, and we like to think of a little boy who came to see Jesus. His mother might have packed him a lunch, and in the end Jesus used his lunch to feed thousands of people. While Philip was doing the math to figure out how much it would take to feed such a crowd, Andrew had found the boy with his lunch. Andrew knew the resources that were available, although he didn't think they were very many. What Andrew didn't think as much, "what are they among so many," it was enough for Jesus to work.

 

Have you ever done recruiting for Jesus? You might see a job that needs to be done around this church. And you might see just the person who could do the job. You could quietly suggest to them that it is something they might want to do. Recruit these people to use their resources.

 

And while I'm at it, Andrew found resources and you could do some finding of resources in others. But the most important resource you can bring to Jesus is yourself and your abilities.

Begin by surrendering yourself to the Lord, to do whatever He wants you to do. Romans 12:1 After surrendering yourself to the Lord Jesus, ask yourself, "What abilities has God given me?"

 

Our job in this dark world without Christ is to let our lights shine for Him. Mark 5:14-16

 

So, what abilities has God given you?

Can you sing? Jesus can use you!

Can you do plumbing, carpentry, or electrical work? Jesus can use you!

Can you bake? Jesus can use you!

Can you cook? Jesus can use you!

Can you organize? Jesus can use you!

Can you show compassion?

Jesus can use you!

Can you watch children? Jesus can use you!

Can you teach? Jesus can use you!

Can you drive? Jesus can use you!

 

There is at least one thing you can do for the Lord. Are you doing it?

 

There was once a young pastor named Timothy. He was told by the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 1:14, That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. Whatever ability, job, or talent you have received from God use it with the help of God's Holy Spirit. 1 Peter 4:10-11

 

ANDREW BROUGHT A REPORT John 12:21-22 

Somebody wanted to see Jesus. Phillip told Andrew, who was probably known for bringing people to Jesus. Somebody had a need, had a desire, and Andrew reported it to Jesus.

 

How much reporting do you do to the Lord?

Do you report it to God when someone has a Spiritual need?

Do you report it to God when someone has an emotional need?

Do you report it to God when someone has a physical need?

 

When we see needs, we are to report them to God. It isn't that God doesn't know about them, but He wants us to be asking Him for His help.

 

There's another word used for reporting to God. The word is prayer. Psalm 81:10 If God has delivered you from the bondage of Satan and translated you into the Kingdom of Christ, GET YOUR MOUTH OPEN so He can fill it!

 

What's the best gift that you can give a friend or a loved one? The best gift you can give a friend or a loved one is to mention their names before the throne of Heaven, and bring their specific needs before God. 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Matthew 7:7-8

 

So, who needs your report before the Throne of Grace? Make sure that you bring it.

 

 

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John 1:35-51

TOUCHED BY JESUS

 

John Newton was a slave trader who came to faith in Christ. He was touched by Jesus. He wrote:

"Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see."

 

Martin Luther was a monk trying to earn his way to Heaven. Then he discovered justification by faith.  He was touched by Jesus, and the Protestant Reformation began.

 

Many people have been touched by Jesus, including four of the Apostles mentioned in this passage.

 

ANDREW, THE SOUL WINNER - Vss. 35-42

Andrew came to know Jesus. - Vss. 35-40

Andrew looked for His Brother, Peter, and brought him to Jesus. Vss. 41-42

 

PETER, THE STONE - Vs. 42

Peter was renamed. Although Peter was not very solid at the beginning, the Lord worked with Him until he became a strong testimony for Jesus Christ. See stories about Peter in Acts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 12.

 

PHILIP - THE SOUGHT - Vss. 43-44

Jesus sought Philip as a disciple.

Each believer is to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus. Luke 9:23-24, Luke 14:26-27

 

NATHANIEL - THE STRAIGHTFORWARD - Vss. 45-51

Nathaniel said what was on his mind and heart. He was an honest man.  There was no guile, or deceit in his heart (Vs. 47)

He was quick to place his faith in Christ (Vs. 49).

 

 

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John 1:35-51

ON THE LOOKOUT

 

If you have ever watched any old cowboy movies or television shows, you have seen a certain character, who usually stood on a mountain or hill. His job was to watch and see if anyone was coming, while others were able to go about their business. His job was to alert the others, usually the "bad guys", if the "good guys" were coming. He was called the "lookout".

 

In the text we find some early followers of Jesus who were on the lookout in a good way.

 

LOOKING TO JESUS - Vss. 35-39

  This was Andrew and probably John.

 

LOOKING FOR A BROTHER Vss. 40-42

  Andrew probably lived in the shadow of his brother's extroverted

  personality all his life.  However, when Andrew discovered the Lord

  Jesus, the first thing he did was look for his brother to bring Him to Jesus.

 

LOOKING FOR A FRIEND Vss. 43-51

  Philip came to Christ, and he went out looking for his friend, Nathaniel.   

 

 

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John 1:35-51

DISCIPLES

 

In this passage there are four disciples enlisted into the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each one of them was unique.

 

DISCIPLE WITH A CHAMPION – Vss. 35-41

Andrew had found the Messiah!

 

DISCIPLE WITH COURAGE – Vs. 42

Peter was the stone.

 

DISCIPLE WITH A CAUSE – Vs. 43

Philip’s cause was to follow Jesus.

 

DISCIPLE WITH CHARACTER – Vss. 44-51

Nathaniel had no guile.

 

 

 

 

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