The question arose, doubtless, as to whether the New Teacher was orthodox. Follow Him!”. So it was, alas! He comes to us every morning, and stays with us all day long, but if it were not for the preparation and reception in the way of opening shutters and raising blinds, we should lose very much of his blessing. MacKey. If you take a blind man into a picture-gallery, what good do you do? A. At this point, we leave the prologue and begin a long section (1:19-12:54) that amasses testimony for Jesus as the Son of God, the one in whom all should believe. Also, the need of every sinner is to know Christ as Savior and Lord. O. MacKey.A lady, who was in Richmond at the time of the siege, tells of the delight with which she received a note torn from a soldier's pocketbook, and grimed all over with gunpowder; but which assured of the safety of the town. Worldliness.(H. Discover More About Pain & Suffering A Gospel Perspective for Life’s Trials. He came to prepare Israel to turn away from centuries of apostasy and idolatry and back to the living God. The deepest corruption and the basest hypocrisy reigned among the priesthood (Matthew 23:13, 39). H. That we may rightly fulfil this most responsible office, let us look at the outline of his work. Let us enter into this harmony of service, so that our speech shall be sustained by our silence; our conscious influence be in harmony with that which is unconscious and undesigned among our fellow-men.Conclusion: I speak to —. John believing in prophecy REGARDED HIMSELF AS THE FULFILMENT OF IT. O. The medium was nothing; the message was everything.(H. H. Rather, as D. A. Carson points out (The Gospel According to John [Apollos/Eerdmans], p. 142), he was trying “to controvert those who have so failed to appreciate their own heritage that they have failed to see its fulfillment in Jesus Christ.”. To point people to Christ, we need to join John in esteeming ourselves less and exalting Christ more. John 1:23. But the proclamation of the coming of the King in His glory is still a surprise. No doubt there was an expectation, general and eager, of One who, in accordance with Hebrew prophecy, should be the Deliverer and Ruler of God's people Israel. Three great barriers.1. Worldliness.(H. Its origin is traced to mystery. What obstacles (1:23) keep people from coming to the Lord? But again, John’s answer was not ambiguous: “I am not.”. John 20:19-23. )The voice crying in the wildernessT. Heaven, not earth, is its source. Hitherto it had been winter; the Sun of righteousness had been comparatively hidden. JOHN HAD LEARNED TO READ HIS BIBLE. Messiah is God! Christians that they may bear their testimony to the manifested and coming King.2. THE PROPHETIC VOICE IS SUITABLE FOR AND DEMANDED BY THE SPIRITUAL WASTES OF SOCIETY. John Bedingfield A panda walks into a restaurant, sits down and orders a sandwich. What do you say about yourself?” This leads to John’s plain statement of who he is: John was clear on who he was and on what his role was in God’s economy. )Only a voiceS. - T. I. JOHN BELIEVED IN PROPHECY. So why does John deny that he is Elijah? It is a good thing to be able to quote from Scripture. John the Baptist preached a single sermon, twice the same day; but while he had that sermon he needed no new one. A. The world will ask, “Are you the Christ?” While they may not go so far as to answer “yes,” there are plenty of self-inflated preachers who will say, “No, I’m not the Christ, but I’m glad that you noticed the resemblance!” “Well, then, are you Elijah or the Prophet?” “Well, you could say that I’m a lot like them. If the man in the picture-gallery is only covering his eyes with his hands, he is as good as blind; and if the people in the concert-room are only putting their fingers into their ears, they are as good as deaf. W. Robertson, M. A. God prepared the world for this by the ministry of the Baptist. Interactive Bible study with John Piper . Based on different promises in the Hebrew Scriptures, the people were expecting that one day God would send an especially great person, a mighty deliverer, who would represent God in a unique way and usher in an age of righteousness and peace, including deliverance from foreign rule. to subside into comparative insignificance, to withdraw from publicity, in order that he might make room for One whose presence would bring the realization of the brightest hopes and the most fervent prayers. So John saw himself as a lowly slave and Jesus as such a worthy Master that John wasn’t even worthy to untie His sandal strap. AN ORDINANCE, NOT AN OUTGROWTH. John may also have seen his baptism as a rite of prophetic symbolism. It came by Divine ordinance, not through human development. Christians that they may bear their testimony to the manifested and coming King.2. A. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 2. )Make the paths straightH.W. Authoritative.3. Said Paul, "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me."2. The law of its appointment was such in John the Baptist, and is to be such in our living.1. There must be plainest teaching. He exhorted those being baptized to bring forth fruits in keeping with repentance, as opposed to relying on their Jewish heritage for right standing with God (Luke 3:8-14). AN ORDINANCE, NOT AN OUTGROWTH. He was also clear on who Jesus is. There must be plainest teaching. The reward is beyond. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Childern’s Sermons Hymn Lists. There was a large picture in the hands of the auctioneer; and he, with great skill, was holding it up to view; and, standing behind his picture so as to be completely hid, was inviting the attention of the company to every remarkable point in the painting. 3:11-12; Luke 3:16-17). The world has now become accustomed to the story of redemption. That was man's work. Burgoyne.This is what the sun says. The people were sunk in social and moral degradation (Matthew 3:8; Luke 7:7-14). A. The breath of God is the power by which our work is accomplished. Christian workers, make it true in your own experience that ye are for Christ without qualification; and let man be helped by the testimony that springs from this deep sincerity.1. In the wilderness.1. JOHN BELIEVED IN PROPHECY. Spurgeon. IT IS THE INSTRUMENTALITY OF ANOTHER'S INDIVIDUALITY. MacKey. The Hope of Israel survived only in the breasts of a few (Luke 1:25). “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said” (John 1:23). Metaphorically: in the moral desert of Judaea Israel was a wilderness, and Zion a desolation. TO ANNOUNCE THAT GOD WAS ABOUT TO COME AS HE NEVER CAME BEFORE. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] John the Baptist makes one crystal-clear claim to fulfill Old Testament prophecy. Everything hangs on who Jesus is and what He did for us on the cross. And may I add to this thought, the very tone of such a voice is of God.III. The deepest corruption and the basest hypocrisy reigned among the priesthood (Matthew 23:13, 39). All the world over, before a blessing can be enjoyed there must be a fitness to receive it. Taking his place in the meeting, he noticed how the conversation was going on, and rose to give a word. Rather than the common linen tunic, you wear a camel’s hair garment with a leather belt and your diet consists of locusts and wild honey (Matt. The intellectual classes were ostentatiously sceptical (Matthew 22:23; Acts 23:8).II. Christians that they may bear their testimony to the manifested and coming King. But John was clear on who he was not and on who he was. The intellectual classes were ostentatiously sceptical (Matthew 22:23; Acts 23:8). It was blessed to his hearers because it was emphasized by sincerity and consecration. The breath of God is the power by which our work is accomplished. Is there a legitimate place for pride in our (or our kids’) accomplishments. I pressed in among the crowd to see what was attracting the attention. You may play all manner of beautiful music, but if your audience is deaf, you play only for yourself; the way of the music is not made straight except into your heart. Thus they turned to John, whose character was austere and inflexible as that of a Hebrew seer, and whose popular power was manifest from the multitude of his adherents and admirers. Pride: The Jews could not bring themselves to confess their need of a Saviour.3. It runs counter to all human plans of development, is contradictory to the pride and self-confidence of men, and stands in the same relation to our ministry as did the coming of Christ as a Redeemer to that of the Baptist. The townspeople would hurry out to clear away the obstacles and fill in the washed out parts of the road to smooth the way for the king’s coming. It is not in harmony with the other voices of the world, but introduces a discord with other utterance, as students of history criticise the record. The Bible is crowded out by the multiplication of books, the very best of which is not to be named beside it.II. Authoritative.3. But John doesn’t want to go there, so he just gives the terse reply, “No.”. John the Baptist did not attach disciples to himself. Metaphorically: in the moral desert of Judaea Israel was a wilderness, and Zion a desolation. Spurgeon. Believe, then, that as truly as God sent the Baptist He sent you.(H. John 1:23: “He said, ‘I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord,” as Isaiah the prophet said.’” He was citing Isaiah 40:3. Which is a really an incorrect distinction, for all true Christians have been "born again" -- But what does it mean to be "born again"? But John was doing the baptizing and he was doing it on Jewish people, even calling on the Jewish religious leaders to repent and be baptized (Matt. Heaven, not earth, is its source. IT IS THE INSTRUMENTALITY OF ANOTHER'S INDIVIDUALITY. We know that by it the Jewish people as a whole were not prepared to receive Jesus as their Saviour, for they rejected and crucified Him. God lives in and of Himself (John 5:26; Psalms 36:9). Self-forgetful living is the first element in such testimony. Directive.4. THE PROPHETIC VOICE IS SUITABLE FOR AND DEMANDED BY THE SPIRITUAL WASTES OF SOCIETY. App Store Google Play Windows Amazon. In such testimony there must be detaching influence. Christian workers, make it true in your own experience that ye are for Christ without qualification; and let man be helped by the testimony that springs from this deep sincerity.1. W. Burgoyne, B. MacKey. There was the simplicity of sincerity in this man. The question arose, doubtless, as to whether the New Teacher was orthodox. And may I add to this thought, the very tone of such a voice is of God. Or could it be that he was none other than the Messiah? Our Price: $26.99 Save: $23.00 (46%) Buy Now. Directive.4. 1. He seemed a bit odd! It is just possible that had we been in the Baptist's place we should have had some difficulty in making our memory of Scripture serve us. It runs counter to all human plans of development, is contradictory to the pride and self-confidence of men, and stands in the same relation to our ministry as did the coming of Christ as a Redeemer to that of the Baptist. I pressed in among the crowd to see what was attracting the attention. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” (21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Whitelaw, M. It was his to make straight the Lord's way. From varying motives - in some cases with spiritual yearning, in other cases with political expectation - the Jews turned anxiously towards every personage of distinction and influence who arose among the people. Whitefield, after much holy, faithful closet pleading, went to the devil's fair, and took more than a thousand souls out of the paw of the lion in one day. Before John there was Isaiah. He may not have seen as much significance in his ministry as Jesus did (Carson, p. 143). The reward of fidelity is equally of Divine ordinance — does not come by natural outgrowth. Find John 123 Sermons and Illustrations. Have you read the gospels to learn about His supernatural life? The reward is beyond. A. The claim made by John was very remarkable. Thoughtlessness: It was troublesome to think about Christ sufficiently to see the validity of His claims; so now.2. How can we try to break through their pride? H. Spurgeon.My barque is but a little fishing boat, whose business it is to fish for the souls of men; my gifts fit me only to be such a coasting vessel as may carry corn from port to port to feed those who hunger for satisfying bread.(C. That is the way to preach Christ. He was not building up his own following. It is just possible that had we been in the Baptist's place we should have had some difficulty in making our memory of Scripture serve us. To buy a Bible and treasure it as an ornament is good as far as it goes; but the book must be read so as to be remembered if it is to be of service. W. Burgoyne, M. There could be several answers. Ask, who do you think Jesus is? The Hope of Israel survived only in the breasts of a few (Luke 1:25). Also, the angel who predicted John’s birth to his father Zecharias, cited the same prophecy and said that John would go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17). John the Baptist preached a single sermon, twice the same day; but while he had that sermon he needed no new one. A. John believing in prophecy REGARDED HIMSELF AS THE FULFILMENT OF IT. Tell people that wonderful news! Sermon John 20:19-23 The Breath of God. The herald's work will have little accumulation of visible results. THE PROPHETIC VOICE IS SUITABLE FOR AND DEMANDED BY THE SPIRITUAL WASTES OF SOCIETY. He comes to us every morning, and stays with us all day long, but if it were not for the preparation and reception in the way of opening shutters and raising blinds, we should lose very much of his blessing. AN ORDINANCE, NOT AN OUTGROWTH. Whitelaw, M. The breath of God is the power by which our work is accomplished. His testimony, however otherwise disagreeable, showed that he was loyal to the traditions of his religion and country. Segmented Narrative sermon which follows a selfish/self-absorbed family that illustrates that "We Love to Be First" WE LOVE TO BE FIRST 3 JOHN 1:1-14 #mefirst THREAD: WE LOVE TO BE FIRST READ 3 John 1:1-14 “The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Although our names may not be in the Bible, we are as much a part of God's plan as John was. He said, “When you got something like that on your back, Edith, you know you’re somebody!” (Raymond Gibson, Minister’s Annual [Abingdon, 1987], ed. The motive of its fulfilment is of God. A. Let us enter into this harmony of service, so that our speech shall be sustained by our silence; our conscious influence be in harmony with that which is unconscious and undesigned among our fellow-men.Conclusion: I speak to —1. It was blessed to his hearers because it was emphasized by sincerity and consecration. It is not every man who, being asked who and what he is, can turn to the Scripture and find the answer there. In such testimony there must be detaching influence. Taking his place in the meeting, he noticed how the conversation was going on, and rose to give a word. Taking his place in the meeting, he noticed how the conversation was going on, and rose to give a word. John 1:23 Sermons: He said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as Isaiah the prophet said." You look for soil, there is scarcely any to be seen; and yet that gnarled root has fastened its tenacious grasp on the bare stone, and tossed its green branches in the air, as if it needed nothing but the breath of heaven for its support. It is a good thing to be able to quote from Scripture. Finally, ALL THIS IS COMBINED IN TESTIMONY. — Losing the solaces of an earthly home, he found in God an everlasting portion. Finally, ALL THIS IS COMBINED IN TESTIMONY. Said Paul, "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me."2. 9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. Surely he, who was so regarded and so heralded, demands our homage and deserves our love. 1. A just and admirable modesty was not, indeed never is, inconsistent with a due assertion of position and duties assigned by God. That’s especially true of religious sinners. He makes us clean and welcome in his presence. His interchange with these leaders brings out three positive ways that John viewed himself: John 1:23: “He said, ‘I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord,” as Isaiah the prophet said.’” He was citing Isaiah 40:3. That is the way to preach Christ. A fulfilment of prophecy. His testimony, however otherwise disagreeable, showed that he was loyal to the traditions of his religion and country. Like a single trunk of an Alpine tree rising solitary from between the interstices of some lonely rock and throwing its branches over the cataract. In fact, he was too great to wish to be aught but the herald and the servant of him who was to come. This inquiry was pointed and particular. Yes, if Elijah were here now, I’m sure that we’d be best of friends because we’re so much alike!” Many of the TV preachers reek of pride. One so honourable as the Baptist yet deemed himself unworthy to serve the meek and lowly . In the study following that, we will see how he pointed his own disciples to Jesus. WHERE THE VOICE CRIED. The world has now become accustomed to the story of redemption. Religious sinners are often the most difficult to reach for Christ, because they are proud of their religion and blind to their pride. Learn more. Spurgeon. )LinksJohn 1:23 NIVJohn 1:23 NLTJohn 1:23 ESVJohn 1:23 NASBJohn 1:23 KJVJohn 1:23 Bible AppsJohn 1:23 ParallelJohn 1:23 Biblia ParalelaJohn 1:23 Chinese BibleJohn 1:23 French BibleJohn 1:23 German BibleJohn 1:23 CommentariesBible Hub. The intellectual classes were ostentatiously sceptical (Matthew 22:23; Acts 23:8).II. He pointed to the Lamb of God, and his disciples left him and followed Jesus.3. The voice of Christ speaks to you to-day. If you take a blind man into a picture-gallery, what good do you do? JOHN'S CLAIM. 11:14; 17:11). Sinners need their sins forgiven. Self-forgetful living is the first element in such testimony.2. No man is what he himself thinks he is. Heaven, not earth, is its source. People don’t need to be impressed with us, but with Jesus! Browse Sermons on John 9:1-23. And may I add to this thought, the very tone of such a voice is of God.III. A. The voice of Christ speaks to you to-day. A. There was the simplicity of sincerity in this man. Lonely.2. )Make the paths straightH.W. H. Spurgeon.My barque is but a little fishing boat, whose business it is to fish for the souls of men; my gifts fit me only to be such a coasting vessel as may carry corn from port to port to feed those who hunger for satisfying bread.(C. That is the way to preach Christ. It came by Divine ordinance, not through human development. Burgoyne. But the proclamation of the coming of the King in His glory is still a surprise. All the world over, before a blessing can be enjoyed there must be a fitness to receive it. "Make straight the way." John believing in prophecy REGARDED HIMSELF AS THE FULFILMENT OF IT. H. Believe, then, that as truly as God sent the Baptist He sent you.(H. It is a great trouble to some people to believe in the Jewish prophets. Self, out of sight — Christ held forth. Three great barriers.1. Here are four lessons from John the Baptist on how to evaluate accurately who you are so that you can point people to Christ: First, if you’re only into religion rather than Christ, you will flatter yourself with your religious performance rather than humble yourself in the holy presence of Christ. Sermon based on John 1:12 - Shows how a person may become a child of God through receiving & believing in Jesus. The circumstances of his birth and education, taken in conjunction with certain declarations of Old Testament Scripture, must have suggested to John that he held a place in the revealed counsels of eternal wisdom. What is the source of your identity? But that “doctrine” has only flooded into the church in the past 40 years thanks to Christian leaders importing it from worldly psychology. John believing in prophecy REGARDED HIMSELF AS THE FULFILMENT OF IT. )The Baptist and the BibleH. So this soul flourished where less hardy spirits would have starved, and breathed freely the atmosphere of heaven while yet upon earth.(F. How can we grow in it? TO BID MEN GET READY FOR HIM. He pointed to the Lamb of God, and his disciples left him and followed Jesus. If God had compelled men to prepare that would have ensured the frustration of His purposes. The wisdom of the Eternal arranges that all preparation shall be made for the appearance of the world's Saviour; the morning star heralds the rising of the Sun of Righteousness. )LinksJohn 1:23 NIVJohn 1:23 NLTJohn 1:23 ESVJohn 1:23 NASBJohn 1:23 KJVJohn 1:23 Bible AppsJohn 1:23 ParallelJohn 1:23 Biblia ParalelaJohn 1:23 Chinese BibleJohn 1:23 French BibleJohn 1:23 German BibleJohn 1:23 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)The saving of the world.II. After all, they meticulously kept the Law of Moses. God's will is that men should do His will willingly. Consider Col. 4:5-6 & 2 Tim. H. Spurgeon.My barque is but a little fishing boat, whose business it is to fish for the souls of men; my gifts fit me only to be such a coasting vessel as may carry corn from port to port to feed those who hunger for satisfying bread.(C. prophet, 400 years before) states (4:5) that before the great and terrible day of the Lord, God would send Elijah the prophet to restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Authoritative.3. Get your church set-up with online giving, sermon streaming, and more in under 24 hours. The herald's work will have little accumulation of visible results. Sometimes he uses it in a neutral sense (e.g. Those who are not Christians. The reward of fidelity is equally of Divine ordinance — does not come by natural outgrowth. At this point the delegation has nothing positive to put in their report to the leaders back in Jerusalem, so they repeat their question (1:22): “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? The times were ripe for the advent of the promised Deliverer; John evidently possessed a spiritual authority, a popular power, such as Israel had not seen for many a generation. John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet: "I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way for the Lord. In such testimony there must be detaching influence. He did not say, “I am the great voice referred to by Isaiah in the Scriptures!” He did not say, “I am the important voice, the voice that will forever change world history. JOHN HAD LEARNED TO READ HIS BIBLE. 2:24-26. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” H. Tyng, D. D.Christ was a surprise to the world. John the Baptist did not attach disciples to himself. There was the simplicity of sincerity in this man. H. It came by Divine ordinance, not through human development. Though greater than others born of women, he did not aspire to a position for which God had not destined him. God's will is that men should do His will willingly. The medium was nothing; the message was everything.(H. A herald, and one preparing the way of a great Successor. And on the back, there’s a picture of a cannon firing a bowling ball at the set of pins. What is true humility? In verse 28, John identifies the location where John was baptizing as “Bethany beyond the Jordan” (the NJKV follows an inferior textual variant, “Bethabara”), distinguishing it from the Bethany that was near Jerusalem. In John he spake yet again. Is there a place for us to be so blunt? How to Experience Good Days (in the Midst of Bad Ones) Sermon Message. 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