January 28, 2007
INTRODUCTION: It is in this passage that we find the first words spoken by our Lord Jesus in the Gospel according to John. In v.38, "what do you seek?" He did not ask them whom they were seeking, but what they were seeking.
"This first word spoken by Jesus (in John's gospel) is a master question. It bids them look searchingly at their inmost longings and desires... A hidden promise lies in the question,
"What are you seeking?" Jesus has the highest treasure any man can seek, longs to direct our seeking toward that treasure in order that He may bestow it for our everlasting enrichment."
It is also in this passage that John records the call of Jesus' first disciples to salvation. We have the privilege of reading the brief account of John, Andrew, Simon Peter, Philip, and Nathanael's salvation experiences.
The very heart of the Gospel of John is magnified in John 20:31, "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."
Just before we view the accounts of the disciples' conversions, note John the Baptist's affirmation of God's solution for our sins.
John 1:29, "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!'"
All through Israel's history God had revealed clearly that sin and separation from Him could be removed by blood sacrifices. No forgiveness of sin could be granted by God apart from an acceptable substitute dying as a sacrifice. Now, God had sent the Lamb.
The Lamb of God foreshadows Jesus' ultimate sacrifice on the cross for the sin of the world.
"takes away the sin of the world" -- here it refers to humanity in general, to all people without distinction, transcending all national, racial, and ethnic boundaries. Jesus' sacrifice is sufficient for all people without distinction.
1 John ...
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