Summary: Realizing who Jesus is AND living for Him becomes a matter of more than faith, but real (everyday) life application. Will we surrender to Him fully, or continue to hold onto our “stuff? If we will ever love others, we must start by loving Him first.
What was Jesus’ Purpose?
- The gospel of John screams of the faith that we should have in Christ
-- It is the clearest example of living life FOR the one who redeemed you and I
-- He also knew the Jewish culture, and his writing is evangelistic in purpose
- If we can learn to love like Jesus’, we can bring others to Him
-- We won’t bring a friend to something we do not like
-- We must learn to love Christ like John demonstrates first
-- But before we can love others, we must know Who it is that we must love
- Read John 1:6-13
∆ Point 1 – What was John’s function?
- Our study now introduces another word to this awesome story (v6)
-- We’ve already seen and introduce “life” and “light”, and now we have witness
-- In order to clearly see Jesus, we have to understand the testimony of others
- What John does though is introduce his function, not who he really is (v7)
-- Make no mistake, this introduction is of John the Baptist (not disciple John)
- John’s focus is on why he came, and more importantly, who sent him
-- IMP: A witness is someone who testifies to what they have seen (v8)
-- The Greek word here is “martus”; from which we get our word … martyr
- You and I have the same capability: to testify to what has happened to us
-- It’s no different than a witness called into court to repeat what happened
-- John the Baptist is a witness of Christ; to testify of what will be
- John reports that John the Baptist was sent; literally, commissioned to go
-- It is from the same base that we get the mission of a disciple: One who is sent
-- John uses this word frequently to demonstrate the intent of the witness
- APP: John’s description is clear: JTB was sent; to provide witness to Christ
-- Just as a martyr is willing to die; JTB is giving all he has to testify
- Our application is very similar: As witnesses, we are called to go as well
-- The Great Commission is not just for some, but for ALL who follow Christ
∆ Point 2 – Jesus is rejected
- John the Baptist is not the light of the world, he is a testifier of it (v9)
-- John is willing to do whatever he can to ensure that we understand this
- Have you ever noticed the spectacular imagery involved in a sunset?
-- Is there really anything else that is man-made that can compare with it?
-- Sure we have movie effects and computer animation, but does it compare?
-- The light of God, is truly incomparable to anything we have on Earth
- By coming into the world, Jesus would bring us the true light of God
-- By being sent, Jesus’ arrival would bring to us what we all lacked
-- APP: It is the missing piece of the puzzle that our hearts yearn for
- Jesus would be presented to the world as the redeemer of all
-- And in his testimony John the Baptist would proclaim its arrival
- However (v10), even though He would be in the world He’d be rejected
-- Even though He is the Creator, the world would deny His existence