Sermon Title: The Witness of John and The Rejection of Christ
Sermon Text: John 1:6-11
Date Preached: January 7th, 2018
Our going out to proclaim Christ must never be contingent on whether or not people will receive our message or reject our message. Whether we are received or rejected we go because we have been commissioned, by God to be his witnesses for the purpose of proclaiming the excellencies of Christ.
The witness of John the Baptist—(Vs. 6-9)
- John the man (Not the Angel, Not a Super Hero) John: The man
- John was born with sin like all of us and needed Jesus just as much as we do, and God used him because of His faith in Christ
- Even though John was born a sinner like the rest of us God used Him in significant ways to announce the Ministry of Christ.
In Malachi 3:1, God says concerning John the Baptist, “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me”
In Luke 1:13, we see that John was given his name before he was born, by an Angel. Later to be named by His parents in Luke 1:60,63
Listen to what Jesus said about this man John the Baptist.
Matthew 11:11-“Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
One writer said, concerning this verse,
“The “greatness” that Jesus refers to concerning John has to do with John’s unique position in history, not with any special talent, holiness, or personal merit. In fact, immediately after stating that John is the greatest “among those born of women,” Jesus says, “Yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he”
John was just a man, whose greatest desire was to point everyone to the sent one, Jesus Christ!
The only person that should be looked at with reverence is God.—(Plurality of Persons) God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
God the Sender
1. God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ.
John 3:16-“For God so loved the world that He gave us His Only Unique Son, that whoever believes in Him will have Enteral life.”
2. God the Father is the One who sent John the Baptist.
Which indicates that the whole redemption plan originated in the mind of the Triune God. God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ.
- John was born to proclaim Christ
- John came to be a witness (“Martyr” in the Gk.) to point men to the Light!
- He confessed that he was not that light, but was sent to bear witness to that Light.
John was emphatic about turning any attention he would have received for himself right back to Christ!
V.9—What does it mean that the Light (Christ), Lighteth every man which cometh into the world.”?
It does not mean that every person is or will be saved-That would be Universalism-(Rob Bell)
“Lighteth”- To shine upon, to make known
What the Apostle John wants his readers of this Gospel account to know is that Jesus, makes Himself to all men and therefore all people are without excuse.
Romans 1:18-21—“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest ||in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; ||so that they are without excuse:
The idea is that Jesus has not dimly revealed Himself to humanity but rather He has brightly shown Himself to humanity.
Acts 9:3-4—“And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
John’s message was that the True Light clearly revealed Himself to a dark world leaving all men without excuse.
There are indeed other lights in this world but they are dim in comparison to Jesus.
Only Jesus is the True Light.All other “lights” exist because He gives them light.What are some other lights in our culture? (Light points people to it and gives them a sense of security)
Jesus is the True Light. All other light will fail you, but the Light that comes from God will live forever.
True hope can only be found in Christ and all other hopes are fleeting.
No one would ever reject this Light, right?
The Rejection of Christ-(Vs.10-11)
The fact that the Second Person of the Trinity, God in the flesh came from Heaven to earth and no one knew Him, is a commentary on the depth of our sinful condition before God.
V.10— The One who created the world was unrecognized by the world.
“…the world knew Him not.”
“Knew”—They did not have a knowledge of Him, they were not familiar with Him, they did not understand or acknowledge Him.
Could you imagine your favorite celebrity walking around the mall and you not being able to recognize them?
It wasn’t that people didn’t visually recognize who Jesus was by His physically features (We are never given a description what Jesus looked like). The greatest is that the people did not recognize Jesus by the works he produced.
Because of His good works Jesus was accused as a drunkard, a glutton and was even said to have a demon in him.
V.11-“He came to His own and His own received Him not.”
“His Own”—This is talking about the Jewish people of His time.
“Received”—To make Him as their own, to learn from someone, they were not willing to humble themselves. (They DID not Need a Savior)
The people of the world did not and still do not know the True Light
Because they are blind.
The people of the world did not and still do not know the True Light because they love the darkness more than the light.
- Walk in what you have been called by God to be. His Witnesses!
In the example of John the Baptist, we see a sacrificial giving up of himself in order to make the name of Christ known to all peoples.
John was unique in His calling, in that he was the forerunner of Christ, but in like manner, we have also been called by God to be His witnesses by proclaiming this Great Salvation we have by Faith in Christ Alone.
Jesus, in what is known as the Great Commission-Commanded his Disciples to:
“Go and make Disciples of all the Nations. Teaching them to obey all that I have commanded, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and Lo, I am with you always even until the end of the age.”
2. Be prepared for rejection and don’t take it personally.
As we go out and tell of this good news people will reject our message because they do not want the light.
We have to continually remember that salvation is all the work of the Lord.
If the Spirit of God is not doing a work in that person’s heart they can never believe.
In the Gospel, we see that God sends His true Light from Heaven (Jesus Christ) to show men their need for a Savior and Christ Alone is a Perfect Savior. Trust in Him today!