This broadcaster has 680 podcast archives available on-demand.
Keep up-to-date with this broadcaster on social media and their website.
April 17, 2022 6:00 am
Darkness on earth cannot extinguish the light of single and all the darkness of hell cannot put out the light of Jesus Christ so they tried, and all the demons in hell and Satan probably drilled when Jesus died on the cross. Three days later they got away life is that writer then ever before. What you could Skip weekend edition words have tremendous influence. That's why we say things like the pen is mightier than the sword or try to pretend that sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt. It's why we remember that Martin Luther King Jr. had a drink because his words. However, there is one word that is shape and change this world more than any other Jesus will take a closer look at why that is failure and connect with Skip weekend division. First, here's what we have for you this month and connectwithskip.com to be normal basic human instinct which you believe the children as young as three years old already want to follow the crowd and fit in with the group of researchers counted at Duke University study Bible we learn that some of the most impact have done self identifying here.
Skip, I think.
I think the Bible calls us to a holy defiance of the status quo. Paul the apostles that do not be conformed to this world but be trans formed by the renewing of your mind to go from formed to transform*it normal thanks to you when you get $35 to help extend the ministry today for direct line copies of these bold resources copies hundred 98. Get online securely connectwithskip.com/after we resume our study today in John chapter will secure their your vibes. Let's join Skip Jesus in the New Testament is any other description to him is making him less than who is a different gospel listen to what John says. Down in verse 10, 11, if anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine did not receive him into your house nor bid him Godspeed. Not even a God bless you that strict want to see some else I want you to turn with me to Galatians chapter 1 Galatians chapter 1. This is Paul and you need to know that Paul and John agree on this in verse six.
Galatians 1. Paul writes, I marvel that you are turning away so soon from him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel which is not another, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven. I guess even an angel with golden plates. We are an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
She got us a special curse for those who deny the deity and Godhead of Jesus Christ. This is not something to play with that is dealing with the very essence of who he is, which matters from here on out what he does in the beginning was the word log's net word was with God and close intimate fellowship with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
Very, very clear. Go back to John chapter 1. That's the word in relation to God. Now let's see the word in relation to the universe again a very simple statement all things, how many things all things were made through him and without him nothing was made that was made to see a simple John writes he states the truth first in the positive and then in the negative and the positive.
All things were made through him, and then in the negative without him nothing was made that was made. So he made what everything all things. The Bible affirms that the universe was created created by a create tour and that the creator is Jesus Christ of course Darwin would disagree with this and others like him in the scientific community would disagree with this.
They like to hold the theory that random chance, without any outside because is responsible for the universe. That's what they like to believe that living matter can replicate itself and then inexplicably growing complexity defying the very law of entropy. I love what Adam or Alan Sandage, the cosmologist said.
Listen to this question. How is it that inanimate matter can organize itself in order to contemplate itself okay. Just think about that and you can answer that for me hooray how is it that inanimate matter can organize itself in order to contemplate itself will enough of that. We've dealt at length with evolution versus creation in the past.
This is what this means to you and I personally if Jesus Christ is the creator of everything that means he's the one you and I can go to when something breaks down in our lives.
He's the manufacture if some goes wrong the first person to go to is Jesus because he made us, my brother Bob was was a brilliant mechanic. He could fix stuff he could fix and met my dad was an engineer would go to him.
Sometimes the fixed and if Bob couldn't fix it. He would create a tool to fix it but every now and there were things that even he couldn't fix it.
You had to go to the manufacturer itself to get fixed is a great story about Henry Ford and Charles Steinmetz, who was his friend and mechanical genius. When the mechanical geniuses behind Ford.
He made many of the motors for Ford and he made the motors for the assembly lines for Ford Motor Company in Detroit. One day one of the motors and the assembly line broke the assembly line was shut down. Ford's guys couldn't fix it so that Carl and Charlie Steinmetz. Charlie spent a few minutes tinkering got it going and then set Henry Ford a bill for $10,000. I think $10,000 back then when Henry Ford was alive when he looked at the bill and he thought this is crazy. He writes his friends is Charlie.
I think this is a little steep.
$10,000 for tinkering, so his friend Steinmetz wrote back and he said okay here's the new revised bill for tinkering $10 for knowing exactly where to tinker $9990. Yeah. Good pointed me.
It's not just tinkering with knowing exactly where to do that because you can see it in your mind's eye, you, you made it so Jesus knows exactly where to tinker to me exactly what to push what button to push what bill to loosen what screw to tighten in our lives when something breaks down. Now would you turn with me to Colossians chapter 1 Colossians 1 sounds a bit like John one. This is again Paul the apostle agreeing with John about Jesus being God in the creator of everything, but there's some he leaves out John leaves out the Paul informs us.
Verse 14 is obviously speaking of Jesus, in whom we have redemption redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins is Jesus look at verse 15 P Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Stop right there when it says image is the Greek word icon and the ideas to take something invisible and make it visible.
That's all it is image is what it's like in photography. There certainly are some called the latent image. If you take a picture on the film and images produced in the silver bromide crystals of that film you can't see it until you pass it through certain chemicals that reveal it. They develop the image or in digital photography. You have a sensor in the light forms an image on the sensor but gifted digitally converted in order to see if that's with Jesus. Daddy came to this earth and said if you've seen me, you seen the father simply because Jesus shared the same nature as being God. He is the image of the invisible God, making God visible, the firstborn over all creation. Verse 16 for by him all things were created that are in heaven and are on the earth. There is that truth again visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers as are unseen, invisible things. All things were created.
I watch this through him and what all for him. So Jesus isn't just the source of creation.
Jesus is the goal of creation creation, including us. We were made for him. Revelation 411 same truth for your pleasure. They were and are created. Jesus is the goal because everything ultimately is designed to give him glory. Philippians 2 at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father. So let's apply that to to me and to you if Jesus created me and my purpose in life is to glorify him.
I made for him, here's the simple question in my glorifying him. Is that true of my life is my goal in life to glorify him in my living my life for him, pleasing him when I was about two weeks old in the Lord as a Christian 18 years of age saved out of a lot of weird background I came to Christ and I had this little Bible called good news for modern man was a modern translation reading it in my bedroom reading Matthew chapter 5 the Beatitudes and I came to that beatitude.
We know it as Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness in this translation was a little different. It said happy is the one whose greatest desire is to do what God requires and I stop right there couldn't read any further. Happy is the one whose greatest desire is to do what God requires. So I thought about that does not describe me is that my number one goal right now is to do what God requires and I had to be honest, it's not and I want that changed.
I was of one of the first steps of real growth that I saw is taking the Scripture now applying it to my life to the Bible tells me in relationship to the universe. Jesus created everything, and the goal of that creation is for him for his pleasure.
So I need to ask is my life being lived to give him pleasure to glorify him third.
And finally, in relation to mankind. Let's see who the word is back to John chapter 1 verses four and five and be close with this in relation to mankind.
Jesus illuminates everyone where it says in him. Verse four in him and Jesus in the word. In him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness and the darkness does not comprehend these two verses describe the incarnation. Here's Jesus coming in our world and here's our world.
Reacting to Jesus coming into light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it will. Verse four says. First of all that Jesus is the life of God, for it says in him was life. Now you might read that and think while he just sort of repeating what he said in verse three verse three Jesus is the creator of everything, so it only makes sense if he's the creator of everything living that he has to have life in himself to do that.
But remember the word I told you about last week for life is the way, is one of the three words. This authority uses here not be asked biological life not suitcase, psychological life, but so what, which is often translated eternal life everlasting life. The quality of life enjoyed now that will last forever. 54 times in this book John will use the term life so life life life to understand spiritual life.
We need to understand spiritual death. It says in Ephesians chapter 2 that when you and I were born get this when you and I were born we were born dead on arrival dead on arrival is described as being dead in trespasses and sins. Okay, sort of like a corpse know if there's a dead corpse in front of you. If you yell at that corpse and I can respond if using a second well the reason is you can punch that corpse you can poke that corpse. They can't respond. That's how it is spiritually. You can poke unbelievers who are dead in sin. The world is populated with dead people. You can poke him with the truth of Jesus Christ and they won't respond unless God does a work in their dead in trespasses and sins.
So Jesus comes into the world to give life to fix that. You read that throughout John. He will say I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly. He will say you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. He will say I am the way the truth and the life. He will also say he who has the son has life.
He who does not have the son does not have life.
So in him is life. This quality of life. And then Jesus comes in our world and that life like light illuminates it shines it goes out verse for the variances and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend something else. 21 times in the Gospel of John.
You can read the term light Jesus is the life of God and like a light that shines forth from an origin and emanates out. Jesus is the light of God is the light of God, and who did it affect who did Jesus affecting coming into the world with his light like life. Answer everyone. Verse nine verse nine. This was the true light which gives light to every man coming into the world. Every person born has some kind of light that they must act on a lease enough to be responsible before God, but ready for this. Want to see the flipside of this John chapter 3 verse 19 Jesus said, but men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
To get that Italy will go back a little bit. Neither will they come to the light less their deed should be reproved. Men loved darkness rather than light. That said said to think what caused Jesus Christ to make away so clear so illuminated and people by a large go no go on it. Not interested. Forget it. If you're living in darkness. And if you are without Christ, you are living in darkness, he can give you light which will be the life-giving, life-giving, and what is it mean when it says and the darkness did not comprehend it. Like I just had to say that's a difficult word to translate and if you have different translations that given a stab at it. It's a work Qatar alum Bono and it could be translated comprehend, overcome. Here's a better word extinguish, extinguish, they couldn't put it out.
Light came into the world and the world couldn't put it out all of the darkness on earth cannot extinguish the light of a single match and all the darkness of hell cannot put out the light of Jesus Christ. Though they tried, and all the demons and Helen.
Satan probably were thrilled when Jesus died on the cross. Three days later they got a wake-up call. The light is back brighter than ever before.
And now, whether it was during Jesus's lifetime. Are you in your neighborhood or at school or not light is shining, the world cannot extinguish it or put it out and what you notice and I'm going to notice is that with each verse in 879 verse John with each chapter with each paragraph. The light becomes brighter, Jesus becomes bigger, more exalted than ever before. That's what you notice those of the themes member, Chronicles of Narnia Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis where he takes this figure of Aslan the lion represents Jesus Christ and these three children. Lucy is one of them. Lucy hasn't seen Azlan for a while and finally she sees him again and looks up into that large wise face and Azlan speaks and says welcome child. Lucy said Aslan your hair.
Azlan replied that's because your older little one Lucy question mean it's not because you are and Azlan says I am not but every year that you grow you will find me bigger that such a beautiful truth, the more you and I grow and are exposed to Jesus Christ for who he really is.
He'll get bigger and bigger and thicker and grander and more trustworthy, and that's how John begins the gospel with the biggest widest possible scope. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God was God and then he'll take us through his life and show us those truths over and over again, so would learn something today about Jesus your number one that he's eternal number two that is all-powerful and number three that he's vital when he's eternal in relation to God. He always existed. Number two is all-powerful in relation to the universe he created it all and number three he's vital in relationship to mankind.
He's the one that sends life like light in a dark place only question left is, what will we do about it or what will we do about it. We come to the light's I want to be more enlightened and enjoy more of that life or will we say no frankly, I love my darkness more than light. It's a choice of God leaves with us as he sends out his life. Let's pray heavenly father. There probably are a lot of words we need to know some think there are six or five or three or 1200 but there is one we really need to know and that is Jesus. The word the word, the one who is your son, the one who created everything the one who enlightens every single person coming into the world so the big issue for everyone is what we do with Jesus. We will come to the light is amen.
That's why Christ is the most important word in the exalted turbid heaven in he'll hang about waiting to see what we'll do with that were accepted in later part of who we are choosing to ignore that, if you'd like a copy of today's study. It's available for just four dollars plus shipping. When you call us at 1-800-922-1880 when you visit connectwithskip.com as we continue our study of the Gospel of John. Skip Heitzig encourages us to step into the sunlight, the SOM right here on connect with Skip weekend edition presentation of connection communication