Bible Ballistics: BBs #308 Messages From Heaven??? #5
We talked last time about the things that Jesus revealed about Himself to Nicodemus. And today we will continue to look at John chapter 3 for what John the Baptizer had to say about Jesus. Because, my friends, WHO Jesus is, IS the issue—
He is the promised Messiah—
He is The Word—
He is the Light of the world—
He is THE Way—The Only Way–
Without Jesus, God in the flesh, and His substitutionary, redeeming death for us, we would have no hope. And if you choose to reject HIM, then you have no other hope! Not a very welcome stand to take but it is what Jesus said Himself about the way to God.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
So what did John have to say about this One come from God? Let’s dig in and examine John 3:25-36.
“Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying. 26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he
that was with thee beyond Jordan,
to whom thou barest witness,
behold, the same baptizeth,
and all men come to him.”
This conversation began between John’s followers and the Jewish leaders. It seems that they are trying to cause a rift between John and Jesus, and if you remember Jesus knew that the Jewish religious leaders had not believed in John, or his “baptism” (See Matthew 21:24-26). So why would they bring up this question except to slight John and Jesus—since they didn’t believe that either one was truly from God or preaching God’s truth. John in his wisdom answered them with the truth about himself, and Jesus, whether they received it or not. And we can learn a lot from his response: not just how to respond, but also to understand that regardless of the wisdom of our response, not everyone will receive what we say or believe it.
“27 John answered and said,
A man can receive nothing,
except it be given him from heaven.
28 Ye yourselves bear me witness,
that I said,
I am not the Christ,
but that I am sent before him.
29 He that hath the bride
is the bridegroom:
but the friend of the bridegroom,
which standeth and heareth him,
because of the bridegroom’s voice:
this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
30 He must increase,
but I must decrease.
31 He that cometh from above
is above all:
he that is of the earth
and speaketh of the earth:
he that cometh from heaven
is above all.
32 And what he hath seen
that he testifieth;
and no man receiveth his testimony.
33 He that hath received his testimony
hath set to his seal
that God is true.
34 For he whom God hath sent
speaketh the words of God:
for God giveth not the Spirit by measure
35 The Father loveth the Son,
and hath given all things
into his hand.
36 He that believeth on the Son
hath everlasting life:
and he that believeth not the Son
shall not see life;
but the wrath of God
abideth on him.” John 3:25-36
That last verse is the point—You will choose, but there is only ONE way to God. You can choose to come to Jesus, the Savior, Redeemer and The Lamb who died for YOU and ME! You can receive the word of John and rejoice in this One who loves you more than life itself; who has given HIS life for us. And He will also give us all we need to live for HIM.
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4
Rejoice in who HE is and what HE has done, is doing and will do for you, for me!!! Eternal life or eternal death—the choice is yours and mine, so choose wisely, for when we belong to Him we can stand in the truth knowing that we have:
through the knowledge
that hath called us
to glory and virtue”
Jesus has called us to “glory and virtue”, but not our own—His glory and His virtue, which He lovingly and willingly imparts to us. We have but to keep our eyes on Jesus, and follow His Spirit’s leading as we live day by day. It truly is ALL about Jesus. Press on dear ones—IN HIM!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin
which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run
the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher
of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down
at the right hand
of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2