7452 - Jesus, The Messiah - John 1:29-51

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God’s Word is said to make us wise. Let’s gain some wisdom together today as we look at a portion of His Word. Today we’ll be taking a brief look at some events in the early life of Jesus. In the first chapter of John we see Jesus in Bethany beyond the Jordan.

Listen to John 1, verses 29-34:
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:30 This is the one I meant when I said, `A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'
John 1:31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."
John 1:32 Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
John 1:33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, `The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'
John 1:34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."

John the Baptist, the man sent by God to prepare the hearts of people for the Messiah, gives a clear and revealing testimony in this passage. He openly calls attention to Jesus, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

Friend, with these words John the Baptist is bringing hope to many hearts who hear his words. The phrase John used – “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” – is one which the Jews recognized as identifying the Messiah Christ, for whom every devout Jew was looking and longing.

Life was hard for great numbers of the population in Jesus’ day. God had been silent for over 400 years. Malachi was the last prophet recorded in Scripture to Israel. Few really sought to follow God’s message to them. Sin was accepted by their leaders. The Romans kept their foot firmly upon the nation Israel. Such a message as John the Baptist delivered brought hope to the heart.

John said, “the reason I came baptizing with water was that He [the Messiah] might be revealed to Israel.” He had been told through a divine message that, “the man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain” is the Son of God who will cleanse and purify the people with the Holy Spirit. What good news this was to those who were open to the truth.

This is the first recorded revelation of Jesus as the Messiah in the gospels.

During this same period of time there in the Jordan valley, there were young men who had come to where John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing people unto repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Andrew and John (later to become apostles) spent some time with Jesus and were convinced of the truth of his divinity. They got excited. Andrew sought out his brother Simon (later to be called Peter) and told him that they had found the Messiah Christ. This was the One for whom they were seeking. The pieces of their puzzle were coming together.

The next day Jesus met one of their buddies named Philip and challenged him to ‘follow me.”

Philip went out and found Nathanael and shared with him about Jesus. Nathanael, although at first skeptical, went with Philip to see Jesus. In a short while Nathanael also believed and said, “You are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

These five young men, Andrew, John, Simon, Philip and Nathanael began to follow Jesus around. They are called His first disciples.

Here in the first chapter of John’s gospel there are three declarations that Jesus is truly the Messiah.