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September
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2021

Reasons to Believe: Follow Me!

Reasons to Believe: Follow Me!

John 1: 35-51

September 12, 2021

 

What do you seek?

A. The witness given by many of the Christ in Chapter 1:

      1.  Day one – John’s testimony to the Priests and Levites.

      2.  Day two – John’s witness to those around him of Jesus.

      3.  Day three – John’s witness to two of his disciples.

      4.  Day four – The witness of Philip and Nathaniel.

B.  Key understanding: Behold, the Lamb of God! (John repeats day 3)

      1.  John watching as Jesus was walking nearby. 

      2.  Chronologically, John had already baptized Jesus, 40 days earlier.

           a.  John 1: 33. This is how you will know the One.

      3.  The use of the “Lamb of God” term is unique to John’s writings.

           Used in the “substitutionary” sense (refers to Jesus Christ dying

           as a substitute for sinners) Jesus Christ died in our place when He

           was crucified on the cross. We deserved to be the ones placed on

           That cross to die because we are the ones who live sinful lives.

           But Christ took the punishment on Himself in our place "He

           substituted Himself for us and took what we rightly deserved.

           "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him

           we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Cor. 5:21).

C.  The witness of John the Baptist!

      1.  Andrew and John, the Baptist’s disciples, heard the testimony of

           John.

      2.  Behold the Lamb! (all the weight of Scripture and importance

           became very clear) Sometimes, events occur in our lives that we

           have an “aha” moment and understand.

      3.  They followed Jesus - this was a honest spiritual and intellectual

           quest to find the truth. (first steps of genuine discipleship)

           a.  Jesus challenged them…”What do you seek?” NOT who!

           b.  “The Logos-Messiah...demands that they articulate what they

                really want in life.”

      4.  Andrew & John’s response: Rabbi (Teacher) lit. “my great one”.

           Where are you staying? They desired an opportunity for real

           uninterrupted conversation.

      5.  Come and see! (v.39, 10th hour - 4:00pm) This invitation had to

           delight and encourage Andrew and John.

           a.  What happened?  Must have been a similar experience to the

                road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32)

           b.  Andrew’s response: 1st thing: find his brother, brought him!

           c.  Share the amazing news! We have found the Messiah! (The

                Christ). v.40-41. “The Anointed One” Prophet, Priest, King!      

 

Reasons to Believe: Follow Me!

John 1: 35-51

September 12, 2021

 

What do you seek?

A. The witness given by many of the Christ in Chapter 1:

      1.  Day one – John’s testimony to the Priests and Levites.

      2.  Day two – John’s witness to those around him of Jesus.

      3.  Day three – John’s witness to two of his disciples.

      4.  Day four – The witness of Philip and Nathaniel.

B.  Key understanding: Behold, the Lamb of God! (John repeats day 3)

      1.  John watching as Jesus was walking nearby. 

      2.  Chronologically, John had already baptized Jesus, 40 days earlier.

           a.  John 1: 33. This is how you will know the One.

      3.  The use of the “Lamb of God” term is unique to John’s writings.

           Used in the “substitutionary” sense (refers to Jesus Christ dying

           as a substitute for sinners) Jesus Christ died in our place when He

           was crucified on the cross. We deserved to be the ones placed on

           That cross to die because we are the ones who live sinful lives.

           But Christ took the punishment on Himself in our place "He

           substituted Himself for us and took what we rightly deserved.

           "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him

           we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Cor. 5:21).

C.  The witness of John the Baptist!

      1.  Andrew and John, the Baptist’s disciples, heard the testimony of

           John.

      2.  Behold the Lamb! (all the weight of Scripture and importance

           became very clear) Sometimes, events occur in our lives that we

           have an “aha” moment and understand.

      3.  They followed Jesus - this was a honest spiritual and intellectual

           quest to find the truth. (first steps of genuine discipleship)

           a.  Jesus challenged them…”What do you seek?” NOT who!

           b.  “The Logos-Messiah...demands that they articulate what they

                really want in life.”

      4.  Andrew & John’s response: Rabbi (Teacher) lit. “my great one”.

           Where are you staying? They desired an opportunity for real

           uninterrupted conversation.

      5.  Come and see! (v.39, 10th hour - 4:00pm) This invitation had to

           delight and encourage Andrew and John.

           a.  What happened?  Must have been a similar experience to the

                road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32)

           b.  Andrew’s response: 1st thing: find his brother, brought him!

           c.  Share the amazing news! We have found the Messiah! (The

                Christ). v.40-41. “The Anointed One” Prophet, Priest, King!      

 

6.  Jesus, functioning in the prophetic office made a declaration of

           what Peter will become, gives Simon a new name! (v.42)

           a.  Cephas (Peter) “the focus is much less on what this name

                change means for Peter, than on the Jesus who knows people

                thoroughly and not only ‘sees into’ them but so calls them that

                he makes them what he calls them to be.”  (a stone, rock)

Follow Me! (v.43-51)

A.  Day 4 - The testimonies of people about Jesus increase.

      1.  Jesus (leaves Bethany beyond the Jordan) calls Philip to follow.

           Philip lived in Bethsaida (house of fishing). (Simon & Andrew)

      2.  Follow Me - a command (present active imperative).

      3.  Phillip went to Nathanael, we have found Him: Written about by,

           a.  Moses, in the law. (Deut. 18:15-19)

           b.  Also the prophets.

      4.  Nathanael’s response: Anything good from Nazareth?

           “From John’s perspective, the fact that Jesus was reared in

           Nazareth not only obscured his origins in Bethlehem for those

           who did not search very far (7:41–42, 52), but also reflected the

           self-abasement of the man from heaven.”

      5.  Come and see! (v.46) The invitation from Philip.

B.  Jesus reveals His deity! (v.47-51)

      1.  Israelite with no guile - “A really honest and sincere Israelite, a

           Jew without duplicity, had become such an exception that at the

           approach of Nathanael Jesus exclaimed, “Look, truly an Israelite

           in whom deceit (guile) does not exist.”

      2.  How do YOU know me?  (Maybe Philip told Him)

           “Under the fig tree, I saw you” “Nathaniel learns, to his great

           astonishment, that the penetrating eye of his new Master had

           entered even the sanctuary of his inner devotions beneath the fig-

           tree.” Only supernatural knowledge could reveal this!

      3.  Nathanael response: You are the Son of God, King of Israel!

           “His faith is grounded upon a miracle, and such a foundation can

           be insecure (4:48), though certainly better than nothing.”

      4.  As a reward of his faith, Jesus indicates greater things will be

           revealed. (v.50-51)  Refers to the story of Jacob (Gen. 28)

           a.  “You” is in the plural. For all the disciples.

           b.  Imagery is from Jacobs ladder (stairway) revelation.

           c.  Key: “And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be

                blessed.”  (Gen 28:14)  “Jacob’s ladder finds its antitype or

                fulfilment in Christ.” Point: Jesus Christ “the link between

                heaven and earth, the bond of union between God and man, the

                One who by means of his sacrifice reconciles God to man.”

What do you want? What are you looking for?

Notice the plan for sharing the Good News!  One to one!

Follow Me!     

 

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