The Gospel of John

Sermon outlines and audio (when available) from the gospel of John.

September 23rd, 2012 ~ John 19:8-11

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Last Sunday the LORD spoke to us from His Word in John 19:8-11 communicating the mystery of the gospel. The Jewish leaders had brought Jesus to see Pilate, the Roman Governor over Israel at this time, with the express purpose of having the Romans carry out the sentence of death on Jesus which the Jewish leaders by Roman law could not do. Pilate finds himself in a politically correct predicament. He had taken Jesus and scourged Him for the purpose of getting a confession of wrong doing. Yet, Jesus did not confess to anything nor did He defend Himself. Jesus could have been set free because there was no evidence but He did not speak up because He came into the world for this mysterious time, Hebrews 10:4-10. Pilate tries to set Him free but he is trapped by the priests as they lead the people to call for Him to be crucified. Pilate must turn Him over to be crucified. This is the mystery of God that the princes of this world did not know because if they had known they would not have crucified Jesus, 1 Corinthians 2:7-8. This mystery was foretold in Isaiah 53:7-11. In verse 10, we read He was an offering for sin, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. . .” John 1:29. In verse 10 we also read that “It was the pleasure of LORD.” Here is the mystery of “The pleasure of the LORD.” In Hebrews 12:1 we find Jesus “Endured the cross for the joy that was sat before Him.” The Joy was Romans 8:29 and Titus 2:14 that God could have a race of humans that were like Jesus. Last, we see the mystery revealed. In verse 11 we read, “My righteous Servant shall justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.” In Romans 4:24-25 the Mystery is completed. Jesus was delivered into the hands of the Romans for judgment, then crucified, buried and rose from the dead for our justification. This Mystery should be fully known by the disciples of Jesus that they can proclaim the Gospel to all that Jesus came into the world and went to the cross to save. Next, the LORD spoke to us of the gospel, the good news. Because of the above Mystery, all sinful mankind can now be saved by the gift that God has provided through Jesus Christ, Romans 6:23 and 5:8-10. The Mystery in the gift is that the Father made Jesus Christ to be sin for us, who knew no sin that we might become the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. The “might” is up to the individual if they will receive Christ Jesus as LORD and Savior John 1:12. When they do, He gives them the power of a new life, the miracle of the “New Birth” John 3:3-8. The “New Birth” miracle in true, when you receive Him and are Born Again, your life will change. Study this, know this and go and make disciples, baptizing them . . . and teaching them all that Jesus taught. Pastor...

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September 16th, 2012 ~ John 19:1-7

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Let’s review what we heard from the Spirit of the LORD and the Word of God in the LORD’s message last Sunday. The LORD spoke to us about the free gift of salvation in verses 1-6 from a perspective that we, especially in the American Church, forget about the cost of the free gift. Romans 6:23 declares that “The gift of God is eternal Life through Christ Jesus.” This is part of our presentation of the Gospel for people to be saved, but what about the cost of the Gift? We have all either heard about or had the experience of knowing someone that has given us a gift .We were given a gift we knew that they did not have the money to purchase. They had taken something precious and sold it or they had taken their life savings for which they had been working so hard and purchased it. Because of this, the gift becomes so valuable that it is not forgotten but handled with great reverence. The LORD wanted us to see the cost of the free gift of salvation that we would hold it in great esteem, not take it for granted. The LORD first took us to Psalm 22, a prophetic psalm written over a thousand years before Christ Jesus suffered on the Cross to save us and give us eternal life. In the first six verses, we see Christ. We can identify Him by the cry in verse 1, “My God, my God why has thou forsaken me?” We can see this is Christ because in Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34, these exact same words are spoken as Jesus hung on the cross. Christ said these words after being transformed in the grace of God to become sin that we might become the righteous, 2 Corinthians 5:21. Christ was not confused thinking the Father had abandoned Him. He was crying this as a man of sin cut off from God. This is what every person that is not saved is crying from hell continually. The cost of our salvation is that Christ Jesus was cut off from the Godhead, the Father and the Holy Spirit. In Philippians 2:5-8, we read that Christ put off His form as God and put on the form of man and then humbled Himself in the form of sinful man to suffer the death of sin. Imagine being cut off from your loved ones. In Psalm 22:1-2, this is the cost of our salvation. In Psalm 22:13, we see the price of salvation as the demons bite and tear His body. They did this in the scourging that Jesus took from the Romans. The mental torment that He goes through is represented in the crown of thorns and the humiliation of the mocking He endured for our salvation, Hebrews 12:2. Next, the LORD took us to Isaiah 53:5 where we learned Jesus’ free gift came to us at the cost of Him being wounded by the scourging, the nails and the spear. The cost of our free gift was the bruising Jesus took in the beatings for our iniquities. He was bound and punished for our peace with God and last of all He was whipped, scourged with many strips to heal us of our sin sickness, “By His stripes we are healed.” This is what we need to meditate on continually that we will consider the free gift of salvation we have as holy and not lose sight of this and take our salvation as something...

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September 9th, 2012 ~ John 18:28-40

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We are disciples of the LORD Jesus. Last week we assembled to worship Him and to hear what He had to say to us. Let’s try to remember what He was saying to us. First He wanted us to notice in verses 28-32 the hardened blind minds of some of the people we will be meeting as we try to take the Gospel “to our vineyard” as they once said, our Woodland Acres. He used two scriptures to show us what is happening. First, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 we see that those that are lost are not that way because they have not known but because they are blinded by a real living devil. We forget, as we deal with people, that the LORD has endured the shame agony, pain and anguish of the cross for these. We forget that we are not in conflict with them but we are really fighting a spiritual war that is raging by a real devil that wants to take them to hell. However, the LORD shows us that there are some that care nothing for Jesus and the Gospel. Jesus showed us in Matthew 13:4 that as we go sharing the Gospel by His Sprit within us that to some, like the first seed sown in Matthew 13:4, are left being considered odious (stinking) caring nothing for being a target for the devil who does not want you to have. These Jews that Jesus was dealing with were as the scripture shows, willingly blind, carrying nothing for the truth. Next, the LORD spoke to us from verses 33-34. Pilate asked the question of Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” To which Jesus replied, “Did someone tell you that or is this what you believe?” The LORD wanted to make the point that much of the Church is made up of people that have been told that Jesus is the Savior but they have never known Him themselves. The question we need to ask many that call themselves Christian “Who do you say Christ is?” The LORD took us to Matthew 16:16-17 where Jesus says to Peter who has answered that question saying that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God. Jesus says that Peter had heard that statement from the Father not from men. Peter had entered into a spiritual relationship with God. Jesus said upon this relationship He would build the Church of Jesus Christ. The LORD wants the congregation to be filled with people that have entered into this kind of relationship. Next, the LORD spoke to us from verses 33-36 from the word that Jesus had spoken to Pilot who asked Jesus, “Are you the king of Jews?” To whom Jesus replied, “He was a king OF THE TRUTH of everyone that is of the truth.” Pilot replied “What is the truth?” It is true that there are many truths but there is only one truth. When a builder is laying a foundation for a building there are many truths he could use. For instance there is the truth of “as the crow flies” or the truth “my father told me” or “an inch is the distance from the first fingers knuckle to the tip.” But there are strong Crows and weak Crows and different fathers say different things and peoples fingers are different sizes. There is a standard ruler which is true. In the Scripture John 8:31-32 Jesus declares that those that continue in His teachings, His truths, will know the truth and His truth will keep us free from error and captivity to death. We are to be people of the truth living by...

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August 26th, 2012 ~ John 18:16-18,24,27

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Last week’s message of the LORD was from John 18:15-18, 24, and 27 concerning Peter’s denial of Jesus. The first point the LORD spoke of was from verse 17. He made the point that Peter had a “Reputation” that he could not hide. To this, the LORD spoke to us first that this was the LORD’s design. We were created in His image, Genesis 1:26. His image is Jesus Christ Hebrews 1:3. He is conforming us to be His image, Romans 8:29. We are to be an extension of the life and ministry of Christ Jesus. This is where the term “Christian” comes from. Christian means one who follows the teachings and life of Jesus called the Christ i.e. Christ-ans. Peter’s reputation was about the Gospel and life of Jesus. When people saw Peter they didn’t think there is Peter the fisherman the son of Jonas, they thought there is Peter the disciple, the follower of Jesus. Peter had been sent out by Jesus being anointed to preach the Gospel, heal and cast out demons. After the Resurrection, when people knew Jesus was coming, they would bring out their sick, crippled and diseased that even his shadow would pass over them Acts 5:15. The disciples that went out into the world had a reputation of “Turning the world upside down”, Acts 17:6. The early disciples lived their lives for the name of Jesus Christ Acts 9:27, 29, 15:26 and 2 Thessalonians 1:12. The LORD spoke to us by His Spirit that this truth is not known by most in the modern Church. This truth has been lost, covered up by the false gospel that is believed today. This false gospel is, “Just believe in Jesus, pray asking for forgiveness and you will be saved and go to heaven.” While it is true that when we pray trusting what Jesus did on the cross we will be saved and have heaven as our home in eternal life but what is left out is that we must repent of our lives, the way we live. When we truly become Christians, we no longer live for ourselves but our life is the life of the Spirit of God that comes into us in the “New Birth.” Jesus said we are to lose our lives and to take His life Matthews 10:39. Jesus gave us His life to carry out His mission of the Gospel. The LORD reminded us of the parable He had spoken in Luke 19:11-26. I do not have the space to explain it so you will need to read it. The truth we want to understand from this parable as we consider the subject of “Reputation”, is Jesus gave us His name, His life in His Spirit to “occupy”, to bring His Kingdom to society and we should be increasing the kingdom of God by His Gospel, His name. Unfortunately, most Christians are like the servant that buried this gift of His name, His life, having not the reputation of Christ Jesus but a reputation of their own personal life. I do not know about you but this is scary to think that so many called Christian are really not and will be cast into hell because they had a reputation of themselves and not the reputation of Christ...

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August 19th, 2012 ~ John 18:14-18

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As we continue to look at John 18, the arresting of Jesus, last Sunday we heard the LORD speaking to us from verses 12-14. We began with verse 12 as we saw Jesus being bound. To the natural eye this would appear to be a tragic moment but as we have seen in past weeks this is being directed by Jesus. All of this would not be happening except that the LORD had initiated it. It must be. Sin must be removed from mankind so that they can be saved from the judgment of sin and death. We learned three things in these verses. One, we see that Caiaphas, the High Priest, is the man that God uses to set the wheels of salvation in motion. In John 11:47-52, we see that the LORD gave Caiaphas a prophecy that he spoke that set the goal of the actions they would be taking to bring this sacrifice to fruition. As Jesus was showing us that He was giving Himself to be bound, the LORD took us back to Abraham and Isaac. Jesus told us how He told Abraham, the possessor of the promise of Messiah the savior, to take his only son Isaac, the next in line to be the steward of the promise of Messiah, to Mount Moriah and there offer him as a sacrifice. We saw that Abraham did not argue with God but in faith obeyed knowing that if Isaac was sacrificed that God would raise Isaac up. As they went up the mountain, the LORD spoke to us of how Isaac knew that they had no lamb to sacrifice but did not protest or question. He kept going toward fulfilling the command of the LORD. Isaac helped his father build the altar knowing he was going to be on it. Then when his father said, “son put your hands together,” he did not run or fight. He obeyed, allowing his father to bind him and lay him on the altar. That was the place where Jesus was now, the same Mount Moriah now called Calvary. What happened to Abraham and Isaac was a foreshadowing of what was now taking place between The Father and The Son Jesus. Jesus knew that He was the sacrifice. As Isaac looked at his father’s eyes so Jesus eyes were on His Fathers eyes in obedience. Isaiah 53:7 declares, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” So we see that Caiaphas, the high priest, was the man God used to start the sacrifice. The second point is Jesus is the man/God come down from heaven to be the sacrifice. The LORD showed us one more man that was to complete this great event of salvation. This great act of salvation would be of no value to mankind if this third person was not fulfilling their calling in the Grace of God to the world. The LORD spoke to us of the Apostle Paul to whom the LORD said, “Paul is to be a vessel that will bear witness of My Name before Gentiles, kings and the people of Israel.” Paul was used to build the church, the body of Christ, which would go and make disciples, baptizing and teaching them. Yes, we, the members of the LORD’s Church, are the ones that are to go with the Gospel to tell them of the great gift that God has given to us in Christ...

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August 12th, 2012 ~ John 18:4-14

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Last week we heard and learned from the LORD from John 18:5. He spoke to us from the scripture as the band of men and officers from the temple came to arrest Him. Jesus had asked them whom did they seek? They replied, “Jesus of Nazareth” to which Jesus replied, “I Am.” This name “I Am” among the Jews was the first name that they were given of God. Before the time the Moses came to them in Egypt and told them that “I Am” had come down and sent him to lead them out of the land of slavery, they only knew Him as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The soldiers came for Jesus of Nazareth and He answered, “I Am.” The LORD had a lesson for us in this. Though Jesus was raised and lived in Nazareth, He had been born in Bethlehem Judah which was the place that was prophesied in Scripture that the Messiah would be born, Micah 5:2. This was a mystery. Though He was born in Bethlehem Judah as the scripture foretold, it was kept a mystery by God. The LORD taught us from Matthew 13:10-12 that the mysteries of the Kingdom are only for those that have followed Jesus and have a disciple relationship with Him. This band of soldiers from the temple of God did not know Jesus as the Messiah. They only knew Him as the Jesus from Nazareth. Therefore, the mystery of the Kingdom of God that Jesus is the Messiah was not known to them. This is the way many know Jesus. They only know him as a man of history called the son of God that was the great teacher of the things of God but their eyes are blind to the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Let’s speak of some of these mysteries, the important truths of these mysteries. The first truth is that Jesus is and was the Messiah that came into the world that He had created with salvation, deliverance from the slavery of sin, the judgment of God and the sentence of a real burning hell. Another truth was that it was the will of the LORD that everyone that received Messiah would have eternal Life. But, this only was given when one repented, turned away from the life of the world and followed the teachings and life of holy Jesus. Next the LORD spoke to us of the name. He said that He was, “I Am.” This Holy name is also a mystery. It means, “I Am the God that exists; I am real, I live, I am not something imagined or written about, “I Am”. This name is God speaking to His creation, “I Am the one that made you and holds your destiny in my hand.” As Jesus spoke this, the power of His name was exalted and drove the band not only backwards but to the ground. This was a band of men numbered at least two hundred that were hardened soldiers. They do not fall easy but they were like straw to the power of God. In this, the LORD taught us that He was not merely a man of history or imagined. He is the God, the creator to be feared. Always remember Proverbs 16:6. We need to fear and reverence Him and turn from evil. There is enough that we have learned that we need to apply to our...

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