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Jesus Identified     John 1:19-51     Sept. 8

Introduction

       Recently I heard a commentator on television say, “I am not a believer but I would like to be but I simply cannot come to the same conclusions I hear that others have.” From this text what would you say is wrong with that man? Does he really want to know the Lord? On one occasion I told such a man to get on his knees every morning and ask God to reveal Himself to Him and I would ask for the same thing. The next Sunday he came forward at invitation time at the church I pastored. I believe if you really want to know; you can know and the fact of Jesus Identified will be true for you.

 

1.    Jesus Identified and I Can Be . . Pardoned through His Forgiveness. 1:29-36

       A.   Jesus Identified As the . . Sin Bearer. 1:29

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin

       of the world!

       30 This is the One I told you about: 'After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before

       me.'

       31 I didn't know Him, but I came baptizing with water so He might be revealed to Israel."

       32 And John testified, "I watched the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He rested on Him.

 

       B.   Jesus Identified As the . . Spirit Baptizer. 1:33-36

33 I didn't know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The One you see the Spirit descending

       and resting on — He is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'

       34 I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God!"

       35 Again the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples.

       36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look! The Lamb of God!"


       Did you ever hear someone say they did not believe they could be forgiven of their sin? The first time I heard that I took the man to the cross and ask him if he had committed sins like the thief of the cross. He knew something about this man and his sin and I asked him if he had committed treason against his country. He said no. I asked if he believed Jesus could forgive treason. He said yes. So I then told him Jesus came to take away the sin of the entire world and He can forgive your sin. This man got saved and rejoiced in his salvation. Yes, because of Jesus, our sin can be forgiven. He will also baptize us with the Holy Spirit. I believe this baptism brings the conviction necessary

for our surrender into the life of forgiveness God wants to give us through Jesus. In my opinion it has nothing to do with speaking in other tongues or languages.

 

2.    Jesus Identified and I Can Trust God’s . . Promises and Prophesies. 1:40-42a, 45-46

       A.   Jesus Identified As the . . Messiah. 1:40-42a

40 Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Him.

       41 He first found his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah!" (which means "Anointed

       One"),

       42 and he brought Simon to Jesus.

 

       B.   Jesus Identified As the One . . Mosses Promised. 1:45-46

45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the One Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the

       prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!"

       46 "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Nathanael asked him. "Come and see," Philip answered.


       A significant fact about Jesus is the prophecies and claims that He is the Messiah. How did Andrew know to call Him the Messiah? No doubt Andrew knew many facts about the coming of the Messiah and witness them fulfilled in the life and actions of Christ. Philip went and told his friend Nathaniel, ”we have found the Messiah.”

When Nathaniel questioned if the Messiah could come from Nazareth, Philip said “come and see.”: I am pleased Christianity does not need to hide the facts but can openly declare them. We can all say come and see. Amen?

 

3.    Jesus Identified and I Can See Him . . Producing Evidence of His Identity. 1:47-51

       A.   Jesus Produces A . . Proclamation of truth about Nathaniel. 1:47-49

 47 Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said about him, "Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is

       in him."

       48 "How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree,

       I saw you," Jesus answered.

       49 "Rabbi," Nathanael replied, "You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"

 

       B.   Jesus Produces A. . Prediction of Future Visions for Nathaniel. 1:49-51

50 Jesus responded to him, "Do you believe only because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this."

       51 Then He said, "I assure you: You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and

       descending on the Son of Man." HCSB


       The fact that Jesus knew some facts about Nathaniel before he really met him caused Nathaniel to call Jesus

the Son of God, and the King of Israel. Jesus helped Nathaniel to know him even better by giving him some personal attention and affirmation through a proclamation about him. Then the Lord predicted some facts about future visions Nathaniel would have. The man must have had done some study about the Messiah for this kind of truth to make such an impressing on him.. I am very pleased the Jesus identified Himself in so many ways

throughout the New Testament. It is a very pleasing to me that the Lord has allowed me to know Him as my Saviour and Lord and to say I believe Jesus has been Identified to me in my Life. Amen? Amen!