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Confirming His Claims (10 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
This morning from the gospel according to John... I want to invite you to Behold the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world... as are continue in our study of the gospel according to John!
Now the purpose of John's gospel is found in chapter 20.31 where he said, ''but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.''
John is talking about those ''signs''... those ''miracles'' Jesus did in the presence of His disciples. Jesus never did a miracle for the sake of doing a miracle. He didn't come as the great miracle worker... He came as the great life giver! And signs He did... so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name!
The first ''sign'' took place at Cana where Jesus showed up for a wedding! And what a stir He caused by turning water into wine. The second ''sign'' also took place at Capernaum where Jesus healed the nobleman's son. And then last Sunday we saw the third ''sign'' at the Pool of Bethesda where He healed a man!
Now you can believe that Jesus was causing a stir! His fame was spreading like a prairie fire! And by the way... wherever Jesus shows up... He causes a stir! I read this week where Leonard Ravenhill once said that ''revival is when God gets so sick and tired of being misrepresented that He shows up Himself.''
Well... God had showed up and what a stir He was creating. In fact... we read in chapter 5.16, ''For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.'' Verse 18, ''Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.''
Don't ever let anybody tell you that Jesus never claimed to be equal with God! That clai ...
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