Jesus: Light, Life; Eternal Salvation John 1:9-13

Text:  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great Light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the Light shined.
                                                                                                             Isaiah 9:2.

          Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
                                                                                                            John 8:12. 
Good morning enlightened Christian!  Like the author, you were once sat in the prison house of Spiritual darkness, Spiritually blind, ignorant of true freedom, devoid of the glow of Gods Light.  But now, we who once stumbled in the gloom of sin and utter darkness have seen a Great Light - the Light of Christ Jesus has shone into our souls and blessed us with life indeed.  Let us lift up our very souls in thanksgiving and praise unto God Almighty, for His truly amazing grace!  Glorygloryglory to God on High!  Amen.

For He (Christ Jesus) satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.  Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; because they rebelled against the Words of God, and contemned the counsel of the Most High.  (Psalm 107:9-10)

John the Baptist was raised up of the Lord God to be a witness for Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living God.  His very existence came about by a wondrous act of God, clearly evidenced in his mother, Elisabeths, conception of him after a life time of infertility.

For with God nothing shall be impossible.  (Luke 1:37)

John the Baptists appearing at that particular time in the history of the Jewish Nation was, in itself, a fulfillment of Bible prophecy that the Lord would send forth a messenger to prepare the hearts of His people to receive their true Messiah. 

What God says in His Word, God always faithfully does.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all (all the Elect, of course!) should come to repentance.  (2 Peter 3:9)

Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me; and the Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.  (Malachi 3:1)  (Written by Malachi in Judah c. 433-420 B.C.  There followed a silence - of Spiritual inspiration from Heaven - of some 400 years before the Godly silence was broken by the voice of John the Baptist, Gods promised, Messianic, messenger.)

Suddenly, after such a 400 years long absence of Spiritual revelation, Jesus Christ, the true Messiah, the Light of the world, and the only Saviour of sinful mankind; the Creator Lord of all life - came to His own chosen Nation and walked among them.  (Vs. 9-10)

Gods Word to mankind was again proven to be faithful and true - Christ came unto His own people, the Jewish Nation, but the Jewish Nation, apart from a small remnant, rejected Him and Crucified Him as a criminal upon a cruel Cross.

Yet, praise the Lord, that is what God the Father had determined in His Divine foreknowledge to do in order to make the required Holy Sacrifice for our black dastardly sins.  God is an Eternal Being, and He alone knows the end from the beginning.  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour we have, in Christ Jesus!  (Acts 2:22-24) (Isaiah 53:1-12) (Acts 4:12)

Yet, listen to the blessing that was given, and continues in this day of grace to be given, to all those who believe and trust Christ for Salvation:

But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe in His Name; which were born, NOT of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  (V.12-13)

“…Salvation is of the Lord!  (Jonah 2:9)  Mankind has no hand in it!

Since the Fall of Adam and Eve in Edens Garden - all mankind are smitten with the blight of sin; we ‘…fall short…’ of the righteousness of God, and must be condemned by God as a consequence of our sinfulness.

Yet, God the Father sent us Christ Jesus, His Holy Son, to suffer in our place, and provide the way of Eternal Salvation by our trusting in Him.

Thought:  Thank You, oh my Father, for giving us Your Son - Christ Jesus - all Light, all life Eternal is found in Him.

John the Baptist John 1:6-8

Text:  Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me; and the Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
                                                                                                          Malachi 3:1.   

          The voice of him (John the Baptist) that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our Godand the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. 
Isaiah 40:3-5.

Good morning, believing Christian!  You have, by the grace of God and His gracious gift of faith, believed the Gospel account of Salvation through Christs Sacrifice at the Cross for us.  You have believed without seeing all things for yourself.  You have been enabled to trust in the unseen Lord God, and His Son, Christ Jesus by grace through faith.  Blessed with blessings are you indeed.

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me (the resurrected Christ Jesus), thou hast believed; blessed are they that have NOT seen, and yet have believed.  (John 20:29)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

God sends men and women into our lives as His witnesses, His messengers, to testify that Gods grace has been poured out; that Christ Jesus has come to save us by His full and Holy Atonement Sacrifice on the Cross; and that Eternal Salvation is offered to us, if we put our full trust by faith in Him.  What a privilege it is to carry Gods message!

However, how will precious souls ever hear of this great deliverance if God does not send someone to bear witness to us for Him?  Thus, God sent us John the Baptist, His messenger, to proclaim that the Messiah, the long-awaited Lamb of God had indeed come to take away the sins of the world. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light (Jesus), that all men through Him might believe.  (Vs. 6-7)

The wonderful man we know as John the Baptist was the gift of God to the faithful, ageing, yet childless priest of God, Zacharias (Zachariah) and his barren wife Elisabeth of the tribe of Aaron.  (Luke 1:5-7)

An angel of the Lord appeared unto Zacharias as he was fulfilling his priestly duty by burning incense in the Temple.  The angel told Zacharias that his prayers for a son had been heard and were about to be miraculously answered; that his wife Elisabeth, in spite of her barrenness and age, would bear him a son, whose name must be called John.  He would be filled with the Holy Ghost from the very time of being in his mothers womb; and he would turn many of the tribe of Israel to ‘…the Lord their God…’  (Luke 1:13-17)

Yet, most important of all, he would be sent as the prophesied messenger, “…in the spirit and power of Elias (Elijah)to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.  (Luke 1:17)  What a God-sent mission!

Elisabeth was the cousin of the woman whom, a mere six months later, was privileged to be the chosen human mother of Jesus - a Jewish virgin called Mary.  (Luke 1:36)

Zacharias, ‘…filled with the Holy Ghostprophesied…’ that John would be part of the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies concerning the long awaited coming of the Messiah.  John would go before Christ Jesus to call the Jewish Nation to repentance; to prepare the way for Christs coming to His own as promised in Holy Scriptures.  (Luke 1:67-80)

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying, Repent ye: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at handthis is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias (Isaiah), saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.  (Matthew 3:1-3) (Malachi 3:1) (Isaiah 40:1-11) (John 1:23)

John would not come as the Light of the world, Christ Jesus, but to bear strong witness of Him - and praise God, he did.  John proclaimed the good news of Christs first coming into the world as the Lamb of God Who would take away the sins of the world.  Hallelujah!  What a witness to those of us who sat in the darkness of sin and Eternal damnation.  Bless the Lord!

Thought:  John was faithful unto death - will you and I bear witness to Christ with our daily lives?  (Acts 1:8)

The Word: Christ Jesus John 1:1-5

Text:  In the beginning was the Word (capital W), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1.

          Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men…”
                                                                                                              Philippians 2:5-7.

Good morning, serious Christian!  Your faith and trust in Christ Jesus, the Son of God, is the most serious aspect of your being.  Therefore, you seek to examine, in a most serious manner, the beliefs you both hold and proclaim - that others might also receive faith from your ministry, and precious souls might find Salvation in Christ and through His Atonement Sacrifice at Calvarys Cross.  Praise God for serious-minded Christians!

For whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?  (Romans 10:13-14)

The Apostle John was also a serious Christian - an eye-witness of the risen Lord - one inspired by the Spirit of God within to record for our benefit an account of the Gospel message of Salvation.               (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

John was the son of Zebedee (Matthew 4:21) and Salome (Matthew 27:56).  Salome seems to have been the sister of Jesus mother (John 19:25).  If this was so, then John was the cousin of Jesus, which may partially account for his being Christs most intimate apostle.

John was a fisherman in Galilee.  He had hired servants (Mark 1:16-20) and apparently owned a home in Jerusalem (John 19:27); therefore he was a man of some social standing and wealth.  This explains why, in John 18:15-17, John is admitted into the high priests palace while Peter is denied entrance.

Along with Peter and James, John became a member of the special inner circle of Jesus most beloved and most trusted disciples during the last half of our Lords ministry.  These three alone accompanied Christ on some of His most important occasions:

1.  The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8);

2. Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-41).

3. Only John followed Christ to the Cross (John 19:26).”  (Salem Kirban Reference Bible p.1315.)

Johns Gospel account is believed to have been written by John, possibly at Ephesus, between 85-90A.D.  It was written as a general record to Christians everywhere and seeks to set forth clearly the fact that Christ is indeed the Son of God and the only Saviour of sinners souls.  (Acts 4:12)

Todays selected reading sets forth the vital fact of Christs Eternal Son-ship; that Jesus Christ is, was, and always shall be, God incarnate; the Supernatural Creator God formed in a natural Body of flesh and bones - in order to be Sacrificed for sinful mankind upon a cruel Cross to bring us into Gods light from the darkness of our sin, guilt, and shame.

Wherefore when He (Christ Jesus) cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering (of bulls and goats) Thou wouldest not, but a Body hast Thou (God the Father) prepared for Me (God the Son, Christ Jesus)I come to do Thy will, O God…”  (Hebrews 10:5-10)

Him (Christ Jesus, the Word made flesh) being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have Crucified and slain; Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death; because it was not possible that He should be holden of it.  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!  Up from the grave He arose!   (Acts 2:22-24)

How could mere death ever have power over the sinless Son of God; God the Son; Who was, is, and ever shall be Life and Light incarnate?  The apostle John sets forth this Scriptural truth at the very commencement of his Gospel (Good news) account.  How appropriate, since Christ Jesus, the Word of God, is the Creator Lord of all life, ‘…all things…’ have been made by Him, ’…and without Him was not anything made that was made. (V. 3)

And He (the risen Christ Jesus) was clothed with a vesture dipped in Blood; and His Name is called The Word of God.  (Revelation 19:13)

Let us take a journey in Johns Gospel, examine afresh Johns Spirit-inspired truths, and know the full assurance of our souls Salvation in Christ and in Him alone.  May the Lord bless us as we study His written Word.  Amen.

Thought:  Eternal Salvation begins and ends with The Word of God.