January 5, 2014

Series | Someone to Believe In

Passage | John 1:19

Speaker | Dr. Hance Dilbeck

Pastor's Notes:

Intro: Tell the story of John (1: 19-28)

Setting A man was preaching with such power and boldness that he was forced away from the cities, he rejected them; they him! Yet he was preaching with such persuasiveness that the crowds followed him. His message was a call to repent --- turn away from sinful status quo of your life and pursue the Way of Lord… He was baptizing people who repent. They called him John, the Baptizer.

Tension In fact, John created such a stir that the religious leaders in Jerusalem sent a delegation to his baptism site to ask if He was the Messiah --- the anointed One --- the promised Savior King of Israel.

Search John clearly denied it… I am Not. I am just preparing the way for Him. He is so great that I am not worthy to be His student, not even His slave! In fact, He is standing right here, now, in this crowd. John left that hanging for a whole day. But the next day…

Resolution John gives His clear Witness. He sees Jesus.. and declares what God had revealed to him…

Read John 1:29

Jesus came to die as a sacrifice, a substitute, for our sin. He is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.

John’s prologue declares Jesus as the supreme revelation of God: Word speaking to us; Light shining on us; flesh and blood dwelling in our midst; Jesus explains God to us. Yet, make no mistake, Jesus came for more than Revelation; He came for Redemption. Jesus came to pay our sin debt and set us free.

He is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.

OT Images of Lamb as Sacrifice for sin:
Daily burnt offerings in the Temple; Suffering Servant (Is. 53);
The Passover Lamb (Exodus)… John makes connection
New Testament teaches us that Jesus died on the Cross as the final, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sin --- our Substitute, the Lamb of God.
• Peter, (You were redeemed) with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
• In Him we have redemption, through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according to the riches of His grace.

Jesus came to die as a sacrifice, a substitute, for our sin. He is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.

a) Truth about Jesus ---
Love; Perfection; Sent from God to Provide


b) The Truth about the World ---
The world is not evolving, degenerating, All Wrong!
What is wrong is violence, greed, hate, rebellion
In a word, what is wrong with the World is SIN.

Jesus comes to set things right… “Until He comes”

c) The Truth about Me ---
Sin debt I cannot pay; Sin stain I cannot remove
Guilty, Alienated…. I desperate Need.

t/s – You know that feeling you get when you wake up in the morning;
when you lay down at night… deep, unsettling sense that something is just not right. Do you know why you feel that way? Things aren’t right… You are guilty, burdened with sin.

Jesus came to die as a sacrifice, a substitute, for our sin. He is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.

ILL – What can wash away my sin? What can make me whole again?
Nothing…. But the blood of Jesus!

He is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.


T/S – This brings us to the Table (bread and cup)

Invitation
When you eat the bread and drink the cup, you are declaring a sacred truth. Jesus died on the Cross --- No, the truth is more specific --- Jesus died on the Cross for me, He died to take away our sin, my sin.

You are making a public statement --- I depend upon and receive the broken body and shed blood of Jesus as the all sufficient sacrifice for my sin. He is the Lamb of God Who takes away my sin!

If you have not received the Savior, do not receive the Supper!
(Why would you want to…. Hypocrisy)

You can come to Jesus now.

• Spanish Invitation by Pastor Felix
• Come, Pray with minister, Now!! Return to seat for rest of service…

Hymn #139 At the Cross

 

Call the Deacons into position before the last verse…

Lord’s Supper
1 Corinthians 11: 23-24
Jim Hawkins Prays and we Pass the Bread
Read Revelation 5: 6-12 and Eat

1 Corinthians 11: 25-26
Warren Pybas prays (8:15 & 9:30); Tony Cordoves (11:00) & Pass Cup
1 Peter 2: 21-25 and Drink


Stand to sing “Blessed be the Tie that Binds”