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January 28, 2021 8:00 am
God has an Encouraging Word for each and every one of us in the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton as we go to the book of John together. See John 11 will start today on a message of hope is Jesus. As we study know that we are here for you to pray with you at 86699 word 866-899-WORD 967 and now well the guy we going to beginning John's gospel chapter 1 verse one. Now we have 45 you know I'm just kidding you don't say when I begin any kind of study series here in our church.
I make no apology for telling you that I do so because I believe that God has led me to do so they could come a time in the fifth chapter the sixth chapter 10th chapter of the God places upon my heart that we need to move in a different direction and I want to assure you that that's exactly what we will do my sole purpose and function as your posture is to be obedient to God's word and to be able to share with you that which the Lord has laid upon my heart as we find it recorded in God's word so we going to begin this morning with an incredible subject who is Jesus who is the Lord Jesus Christ. In John chapter 1 Bible reading just a moment the first 18 verses. I wonder if you've ever had someone come up to you and meet you for the first time and perhaps a friend introduces you and says I want you to meet my friend Don Wilton and you put out your hand and they say so your non-loan-to-value and you say and they say I've heard of you and then they turn around and local and you want to say to them. Thank you very much.
This could speak volumes to all kinds of perplexing problems. Maybe there's something bad they've heard about you. Maybe it's something awfully good that that you really need to hear about maybe it's a commendation. Maybe it's a pat on the back. Maybe it's an exultation. Maybe it smacks of discipline, but the fact of the matter is that an introduction is being made and there is no follow-up that takes place. I want you to notice Sharon John's gospel that in the first 18 verses we have probably one of the most dramatic introductions to who Jesus Christ is but the one little thing about John's gospel is that in the prologue and the first 18 verses of this unbelievable gospel that what is seen in the first 18 verses is elaborated upon for the rest of the gospel of John. What John is telling us in the first 18 verses is exactly that which is about to come.
It's like going to a person's home for dinner and I get out that appetizer and you take a taste of it in your site look this is good. I just I just cannot wait for the rest of the meal and what John's gospel is it is a development of everything that Johnny says with us by the power of the Holy Spirit here in the first 18 verses is one of the most fundamental statements that is ever my. It is one of the most dramatic introductions that is ever been presented throughout the ages and what one is dealing with here is the center of everything that ever was in his name is the Lord Jesus Christ paints. I have entitled message this morning is the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm going to submit to you today my friends that there are people all over our world who need and want to know about this person whose name is Jesus Christ.
I want to submit to you today that there are people here in this worship service who are saying preacher I had people praying for me.
I have people who love me.
I have people who have taught me.
I have people who appointed me in the direction of the Lord Jesus Christ. But the time is come that I need to understand and appropriate and assimilate and apply and invite Jesus Christ to become a part of who I truly Lord Jesus Christ. That's why John's gospel. This is called the prologue. It is that which precedes that which is to follow is the appetizer. It is just the beginning and it has no in and we going to discover that as we read together. Well, it's three of the verses beginning in verse one, you will find your Bibles in front of you. By the way you'd like to take a copy of that I'm going to be reading from the same version that is in the Bible that doesn't mean to say that you need to following the same version, but I want every single person who loves the Lord Jesus Christ that have a copy of God's word in your hand also want to encourage you to have a pin piece of paper.
Take downloads right things in the margin. It's okay to write things in the Bible that are relevant.
It's okay to have a study Bible. I would encourage each one of you have a study Bible, where you can record things and write them down. I don't have anything written in this particular Bible of mine because this is my preaching by when I preach. I didn't say I don't have anything that I'd I have things occasionally that I write down in the margins, but this is the Bible that I preach from. So I try and keep the margins as uncollected as I possibly can so that I can speak with the freedom of God's this read together beginning of verse one in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning and through him all things were my without him nothing was made that had been made in him was life and that life was the life of men. The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood, they came a man who was sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that life, so that through him all man might believe he himself that is drawn was not he came only as a witness to the life through life that gives light to every man the true light that gives light to every man was coming into the womb. He was in the blue and the world was made through him, and the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own buddies own did not receive him, yet all those who did receive him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become the children of God.
Children born not of natural dissent, nor of human decision or of a husband's will, but born of God. Now this is where the Lord Jesus Christ became flesh and made his dwelling place among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only claim from the father full of grace and full of truth that John testifies concerning the same Jesus. He cries out saying this was he who comes off to me and has slipped possibly because he was before me from the fullness of his grace we have received one blessing after another.
For the law was given through Moses and grace and truth came through the Lord Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the one and only, who is at the father's side, has made him known unto us by the Lord righties would upon our hearts this morning.
There is an incredible scamper in the world to try and find out who this Jesus is David Koresh made an announcement. He said I am the Messiah on the Lord Jesus Christ.
He convinced the number of these follows. They gathered together in Waco, Texas. He announced that he could do anything he wanted to he announced that he was indeed God's personal gift to mankind. They ended up in exceeding great tragedy in a fiery furnace many years ago.
Jim Jones did the same thing with the people's church in the jungles of Guyana. He convinced them that he was the Messiah. He was the Lord Jesus Christ. He was the one who had also to all the wills need. We know what happened there in that great tragedy.
Many of them ended up sipping science online dying of bloated Baileys in the most horrible of circumstances. Charles Manson, an unbelievable Satanist said of himself that he was a man who had been saved by God with a special mission for mankind.
Years later, as a result of that commune sharing plates and many others were brutally murdered, and even to this day people are imprisoned, people still trying to proclaim the Charles Manson is the Messiah. I believe that what John's gospel does is lay this issue to rest once and for all.
I believe that what John is doing here at this juncture, my frame he is settling one control the issue about who Jesus Christ really is.
I believe that what John is doing yet he is St. let slip to be no mistake whatsoever.
You will never find the meaning of life outside of anybody or anything other than the Lord Jesus Christ. As I have traveled around the world and even here in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
I have discovered people who are searching in everything possible to try and find meaningful life. People are trying to find it in relationship people are trying to find it in sexual activity and promiscuity, people are trying to find it in families.
People are trying to find it in the bank balance. People are trying to find it in status and position.
But what song is playing at the initials of this believable gospel is that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the will, it is no wonder that by the time we get to Trenton Claimant verse 10 that the Lord Jesus, made an unbelievable claim when he said the thief is, to destroy the thief is come to break down the thief was coming to the seminary and blow carpeted with the concrete fragment would not have come that you might have life or that you might have it more abundantly.
Jesus was with these disciples.
They were mingling in the moles of society and he went up to those disciples anything gentlemen who do people say that the Son of Man there. Can you just imagine those disciples being lost? That by the King of Kings and Lord of lords, and they look to Jesus and they safety and welfare.
Some people say that you're a good man. They people here this morning who would say the Jesus Christ is a good man. Some people say that you are one of the prophets. There are people in society today who say that Jesus is one of the prophets. Others say that you all this and other site you have that and then Jesus said, but who do you say that the Son of Man and you see my friends what Jesus was doing. He was placing who he is, in its correct context, and that is right left by in the hall of every man, every woman, every boy and every girl upon the face of the earth.
What John is saying there in the prologue is that there is what John is saying my friend is that every man, woman, boy and girl who's ever been born upon the face of the earth has the unbelievable opportunity to come to know Jesus Christ in a personal and in a remarkable way.
What John is saying that my friends is that it doesn't matter where you been how you live, what manner of lifestyle deeply fallen into sin that God is the God of grace is the Lord Jesus Christ and he died in order that you might have life like, please forgive the eruption will be back with the rest of today's message but Dr. Don Wilton just a moment the doctor done once me to remind you we're here for you were connecting on our phone that 866-899-WORD again just that number down, store it yourself. It's available 24 hours a day for prayer at 866-899-9673 were also available on our website. If you have a job. I lately it's brand-new. It's TW online.org tewonline.org I know so many friends are taking that wonderful book from Laura story and seeing that is a wonderful way to launch in the 2021 again. Take a peek right now on our website at T. E. W online.org. You be glad you did not ask today's message. Who is Jesus with Dr. Don Wilton have a look at what John was trying to cite about the Lord Jesus Christ. We got a look at it very briefly. Number one. He was reminding us in verses one to Jesus Christ is God. This is one people come to me from time to time and they said to be preacher. There are no such things as absolutes. Well I'm going to beg to differ with you because I believe that the Bible is filled with absolute impact on making an absolute statement by making that statement. That's right, you go back to Genesis chapter 1 verse one we begin with the greatest absolutes treatment that was ever made in the beginning God in the beginning God we going to notice here that what John says about who Jesus Christ is, is inextricably intertwined my frame with what God faded in the beginning. In the beginning God because what God is trying to say trust my frame is that Jesus Christ is God see friends when John points out in the first verse here that in the beginning was the word and the Word was with God and the Word was God and he was with God in the beginning what he was saying is that Jesus Christ didn't claim to be God. He is God.
What John was saying here at this juncture, my friend was that Jesus Christ did not think he was God. He was God. Jesus Christ could not imagine that he was God.
He was God. What John is saying my print is that what Jesus Christ was, was that he is God is God, he is God he was not God's advisor, he's not God's top Atty. Gen. he's not God's chief counselor. He's not gone mechanic. He's not God's right-hand man he is. The Bible says very clearly my claim that the Lord Jesus Christ wasn't the representation of God represent God bring God into a court of people, God, in the beginning.
In the beginning thou shalt worship the Lord God with all of my heart and with all thy soul, and with strength who who who is Jesus, who is this Jesus.
John just sick of this right up front he's Barbara, he's God assist he's gone hot cream. He's God neighbor. He's God.
God is God, thank you Jesus for second thing John tells us about it.
Not only is Jesus God. But Jesus created everything look with me in verse three he created everything the Bible sees through him all things were mighty and the counting was nothing made that has or ever, laws made, he created everything you see friends when Jesus Christ becomes my Lord and my Savior he occupies. He's right place and that which he already knows the Bible says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth while we brought everything from scientists to skeptics to humanists to educators to philosophers to professors to preachers and theologians who are trying to discriminate the fact that God is God and that everything that we have is as a result of God that the word of God says that Jesus is not only God but he created the wonderful thing you not, that means that means that he knows all about me as he made Bible says he made me he created me in his own image, you know, because he created me he knows me so well friend.
He knows that I may stop he knows it off: stroke.
He knows that I become proud. He knows that I've gone off the beaten trail.
He knows all these things about me. He created me any money created me, but he created everything that I brought. Not only is Jesus God not only has Jesus created everything, but there's 1/3 thing John tells us about is what he says Jesus is the one about whom everybody has been talking any run that by getting because you had a rock not there is Jesus. According to John's Gospel is the one about whom everybody has been talking and it begins right there in verse six he is the one who's been about from the moment from the very beginning of the foundation of the there is nobody who compares to the chapter that is going out with the dog to the person and the Lord Jesus Christ right. Verse six we find an unbelievable account became a man who was sent from God. He's name was John.
He claimed as a witness to testify concerning then you can go down verse 19. Now this was John's testimony.
You can go down into verse 29 of chapter 1. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world you can going to verse 35 and following in the next day John was there and when he saw Jesus coming. He said then comes the Lamb of God, these disciples turned around and said come and see for yourself because we have found the one about whom there body is talking this was going wrong in our community. This, as you mingling the morals of society. There are people all over America today who are scrambling and talking and wondering and debating and denigrating and trying to rule out and erase the very name of Jesus, but I want to say to you, my friend, that at the instigation of the initial stages of this prologue the unbelievable gospel of John. John disables that issue. He says not only is Jesus God. Not only did Jesus create everything he said but later just be none right now there's no more argument normal divide. He is the one about whom everybody Jesus put it like this.
He said the gates of hell will not prevail against my church you not, that means it means my friends. It doesn't matter what catastrophe we find ourselves in. It doesn't matter what legislation is possible. It doesn't matter how atheistic ablation becomes. It matters not how rebellious the people become. It matters not how many years we wandered around in the English as a consequence of Austin. It matters not the extent of Austin. Jesus Christ is the one about whom everybody is talking and there's a reason for it.
Garrett is the closing, Jesus Christ." There is always hope that hope never diminishes that hope never goes away. That hope is always there. Jesus Christ will never leave us nor forsake us. He is the God of forgiveness.
He's the one about whom we can speak. He's the one that we can start from the rooftop. He's the one we can say without friends and neighbors. He's the one that we can reach out to in the very depths of the sinfulness of our community and our society.
John sickles was in the prologue. What is he sorry who is this Jesus, yes sir, he is God even claim to be God is God healing represent God, he is God is not any God he created everything he not only created everything is claiming and establishing he's poking 100% ownership of everything that is or ever will be, but he's the one about whom everybody has been speaking. I want you to notice in the fourth place. Sadly to say there's 1/4 thing the John tells us about this Jesus. He is the one who has been rejected by many people. He is the one who has been rejected by many, many people look with.
Verse 11. It's very clear. The Bible says he came to that which was his own buddies own did not receive seems to me rather interesting that John would've made that statement.
Did you notice that that he came unto his own, what in the world is that when you see there is no direct link between the creation of man is recorded in Genesis and our position as man in Christ. In 1994. You see what John is endeavoring to establish are we going to find this right throughout the gospel. My friend, it is a difficult fact that there are many, many, many people who have and will continue to reject Jesus Christ you say to me vitamin a doctor will not understand it.
I'll tell you why people reject Jesus Christ because of sin, because sin has severed their relationship. They refusal to say Lord you love me you died for me. I want to be clean. I want to be new. I want to have new hope for new life. I will have eternal life.
I don't want that. That's what happened with the cross all your serve those being masses of society stepped out of the holes and they came and I stood, and the chief priests and the elders have Jesus to this plan of God. You have Barabbas convicted of crimes against humanity.
Who do you want us to say three the crown in a whipped up crazy began to charge, give us Barabbas give us Barabbas give Paramus John records he could unto his own and he's only received him the greatest tragedy in life are the people who say no to Jesus Christ because there's a first point that he gives us about Jesus not only is he God.
Not only did he create everything.
Not only is neither one is talked about.
Not only is he the one who's been rejected by many, but the Bible tells us, my friends, that Jesus Christ is the one who has been accepted and received by me. Powerful message from Pastor in the pulpit today and has he's been teaching and preaching. I pray that you not only hurt him, but you've heard the spirit of God speaking through our pastor God's servant or teacher to let you know that there is great truth in the Scriptures in John one, but there's also great opportunity and opportunity to see your life changed forever before we get away please open your heart to these closing thoughts from our pastor Dr. Don Wilton are you ready to give you a heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that Iversen and I know that Jesus died for me cross today.
I repainted my sin and by faith I receive you into my heart in Jesus night, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting news. If you just pray to give your life to Jesus Christ. We are so excited to see what God asked, and we love to be a part of it. If you like we left sin some resources to you the documents prepared absently free just because that 866-899-WORD that's 866-899-9673.
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