Why Jesus Came
Sermon shared by Steve Shepherd
Summary: 1- Jesus sought and John baptized 2- Jesus submitted and God spoke
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: General adults
I think Jane Fonda found herself disillusioned with life, marriage, Hollywood, etc., which made her open to the Lord.
And I’ve heard various stories about her conversion, the first of which came from newsman Cal Thomas. I truly hope that Jane Fonda has found the Lord. Why? Because the Lord wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Often, it takes difficulty and hardship in life to make people seek the Lord. People have to go down before they ever go up.
ILL.- I remember a young married couple in Missouri many years ago. They had only one child; a three-and-a-half year old boy. The boy got very sick and they took him to the hospital in Columbia, MO. The next day the boy died. They were devastated.
They didn’t go to church but the father had an uncle in our church and asked if I would preach the boy’s funeral. I did and pointed them to Christ as the only way to see their son again as David of old said, “He cannot return to me but I can go to him.” I continued to call on this young couple and encouraged them to give their lives to Christ and they did. I was thrilled to baptize them into Christ.
To this day, they still attend the church where I ministered. And some time later, they also adopted a little boy.
They had to go down before they could go up. They had to experience a great tragedy in life before they sought the Lord for mercy, help, and forgiveness.
It seems that many people will never darken the door of the church or seek the Lord until they face difficulties in life that they can’t handle by themselves.
Jesus was a seeker. Jesus sought out John the baptizer. Why? This was God’s will for Him. Jesus was humble before His Father and He was willing to humble Himself before this man of God.
If Jesus was a seeker then we, too, should be willing seekers. We should seek to hear what the Lord wants of us. We should seek on our own through study and prayer. We should seek at church by being willing listeners and learners.
If you’ve been in church most of your life, you may think you’ve heard it all and know what the Lord wants. However, I have discovered that a person never stops learning and when it comes to the Lord we should never seeking! We need fine-tuning all our lives!
Jesus sought and John baptized. John baptized people.
Matt. 3:5-6 “People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.”
Even though John baptized people by immersion (because that’s exactly what the word means in the original language), His baptism was not “Christian” baptism. He was not baptizing people in the name of Christ. He was, however, baptizing people for the forgiveness of sins.
Mark 1:4 “John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
Also, before John baptized people they confessed their sins. If we had this practice today
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