Summary: “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29.
Jn. 1:29-34 Theme: Listen to the Lord.
Text: Is. 49:3, 5-6; 1 Cor. 1:1-9; Jn. 1:29-34
Introduction: We live in an age that is widely acclaimed the information age because of the tremendous technological developments that have taken place in the communication field. It is common knowledge that all over the world many people, including children, either have their own cell phones and computers or have access to them. The Internet can be browsed at home or in an Internet café and has made the most extensive library in the world accessible to all. Everything we always wanted to know can now be researched from the comfort of the home, workplace or educational institution. The use of the electronic mail has made communication with others almost instantaneous no matter the distance between them and disseminating information is no longer a problem. However all the advances in information technology can in no way be compared to God’s method of communication that always ensures we receive His word at precisely the right time, in the right place, and in the right way. God uses all of Creation to communicate with us, He even used a donkey when it was necessary, and whatever He says is the truth and without error. We need to listen to the Lord and keep His words in the midst of our heart “For they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh”.
Step One: How God speak to us today
a) Through the reading of His Word
God is constantly speaking to us and being God He uses any way He desires. God often speaks to us as we read the Bible and this is the reason it is called “The Word of God”. After reading the Bible in Church we are often reminded of its importance with the words: “This is the Word of God”. They are words spoken by the Creator to His creation.
b) Through the preaching of His Word
God also speaks to us during the delivery of the sermon as it is based on His Word. This is one of the reasons why we should pay special attention to what is being preached and allow God to speak to us. Another reason is that the preacher spends a lot of time in preparation, finding out what God wants him to say, meditating on His Word and spending time in His presence as what he says affects the eternal destiny of his hearers. God uses every opportunity to speak to us so that He can bless us and meet our needs. He wants us to have the right idea of who He really is.
c) During worship and prayer
God can use any time to speak to us. He speaks to us during our trials and difficulties and He speaks to us during our times of joy and rejoicing. God speaks to us during times of praise, worship and prayer and since we began our worship today He has not stopped speaking to us. God has spoken to one person through a song and to another person through a prayer. During worship times we are supposed to be focused on God and during such times we often become more receptive to His voice. But there is one thing we can be certain of and this is that God will never contradict His Word.