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The Witness


John 1:6-13

 Do you remember why John wrote this gospel?

 And we saw that last week in the first 5 verses of John 1 when John revealed Jesus to us as the eternal Word of God, the Creator of the Universe, and the source of life and Light.

In vs. 6 John tells us about another John, a man,  who “came” and  was “sent from God.”

Now, there is little doubt that John is talking about John the Baptist and John the apostle seems to intentionally make the point that John the Baptizer was a “man” who “came” and who was “sent from God as a witness of the light that all might believe through him” and I think there is a very good reason why John does that. .

Once again, John is saying, “It is all about Jesus!”

Sometimes, and I don’t expect anyone here to have this problem, but sometimes people get “preacher-itis.”

I remember a congregation where the preacher decided to leave and one of the sisters in the congregation went to one of the elders and said, “What are we going to do?” She was devastated.

It is not about the preacher; or an elder; or anyone else.

Now, look at vs. 9:  There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

But notice the last of vs. 9: “The true light which enlightens every man.”

And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil.

The Light shines everywhere; churches; Bibles; Bible in motel rooms; crosses in cemeteries; crosses on necklaces and earrings; remember the guy with the multicolored hair that would sit in the end zone of football games and hold up the sign that said, “John 3:16.”

The problem was and is, “men love the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds are evil.”

 Look at what the apostle Paul says in Romans 1: 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

The majority of the sinful acts we are seeing in our society today is not because the Light or the Truth has been hidden from them; it is because people love the darkness rather than the Light.

Now, back in chapter 1:10: He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

And look at vs. 11: He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

What is interesting is that animals are better than this; animals know their master but somehow humans don’t! Look with me at Isaiah chapter 1.

2 Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth;  For the LORD speaks, “Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me. 3 “An ox knows its owner, And a donkey its master’s manger, But Israel does not know,  My people do not understand.”

This is crazy! These are dumb animals! They are not human beings! And yet they know their master and his manger while people don’t even recognize Him!

People have dogs. And they come home and their dog is so excited to see them! They jump up and down and jump up on your feet; and sometime they are so excited that they “leak.”

Dogs are smart enough to recognize their master but do humans?

12 But as many as received Him (the bulk of the people didn’t and haven’t received Him. But many did.)

…and to them He gave (grace…they didn’t earn it) the right (the authority-they have full authority to claim their exalted position based on His grace and His authority) to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.

And to “believe in His name” is not just simply uttering His name as though it is a password that opens up God’s blessing to you.

And look at vs 13. This right, this authorization to become a “child of God” is not based on blood lineage (not based on being born a Jew or a Gentile);

 It is only by the will of God and Jesus’ perfect life and works on the cross; and our receiving and believing completely in Him that anyone can be a “child of God.”  

Do you and I recognize our Master or are we dumber than an animal?

If you have drifted away from Christ; come back where you belong.