Posts Tagged ‘Gospel of John’

A Simple Choice

February 6, 2012

Here are the notes from the sermon Sunday.

Introduction:  Today is Superbowl Sunday.  As the playoffs were underway there was a lot of discussion over a commercial that had aired during one of the games.  The commercial featured children reciting John 3:16.  Apparently some people found that to be offensive.  I thought it was cute.  I just think that some people don’t get it.

I.  John 1:1-5  The Light Shines in the Darkness

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  Jesus is the Word.  Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness, but some people do not comprehend it.  They don’t understand.

II.  John 3:14-17  The Good News

Almost certainly someone in the crowd today at the game will be holding up a sign with John 3:16 written on it.  Many people will know the reference.  Some will not.  The good news is that Jesus came into the world to save the world, not to condemn the world.  It is the ultimate demonstration of the love of God for the people in the world.

III.  The Sad Truth

There are those who do not believe.  In not believing, they are condemned already, for they have not accepted the forgiveness offered by God in Christ.  The truth is that they prefer the darkness over the light, because their deeds are evil.

This does not mean that we are saved by our works.  Rather we are saved by our faith in Jesus, which in turn, will produce lives marked by righteousness.  (See I John 5:3-5)

Conclusion:  This past week I had been reading in Leviticus.  In chapter 26 there are two conditional statements.  If you obey me, I will bless you; and if you disobey, I will punish you.  This idea of a simple choice is set before us over and over again in scripture.  Belief and obedience are rewarded.  Disbelief and disobedience are punished.

Which will you choose?

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The God of Abraham

September 30, 2010

Jews, Christians and Muslims all look back to the God of Abraham.  Therefore, it can be claimed that they all worship the same God.  However, Jesus said “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God: nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.” (John 8:42)  He also said ” I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)  Since neither Jews, nor Muslims recognize Jesus as the way to God, they no longer have access to the God of Abraham.  Furthermore,  Jesus said that “I and My Father are one.” (John 10:30) .  Therefore, if we accept the gospel of John, by rejecting Jesus, they have rejected the God of Abraham.