MOMUSA: John 3 Part 2 on 5.18.2016 by Sato Suka

May 19th, 2016

WEDNESDAY ONLINE BIBLE STUDY

TITLE:  WHAT IT ALL COMES DOWN TO

SCRIPTURE:  JOHN 3:22-36

BY:  SATO SUKA

DATE:  MAY 18, 2016

 

I.         JOHN’S MINISTRY COMING TO END (John 3:22-26)

A.    The ministry of Jesus just beginning and the ministry of John the Baptist coming to an end.

B.    John the Baptist was called to be the Forerunner of the Messiah. (John 1:6-7)

C.     John was not the True Light, but was sent to bear witness of the Light that gives light to all man. (John 1:8)

D.    John was the voice crying out in the wilderness, “Preparing the way of the Lord,” (John 1:23).  (Read John’s testimony from verse 19-26)

E.     He has been faithful in that ministry, and now his ministry is transitioning to ministry of Jesus.  What we have here is John’s final testimony concerning Jesus.

 

II.         JOHN’S MINISTRY WAS CONSISTENT

A.    Always pointing people to Jesus,

B.    His message was consistent from beginning to end,

C.     He never changed the direction of his message,

D.    He was faithful in what he preached to the end,

E.     And Jesus said there has never been a greater prophet than John the Baptist, (Matthew 11:11).

 

III.         DESCRIPTION OF BOTH MINISTRIES (John 3:22-24)

A.    Both in their ministries, preaching the same message of repentance.  The Kingdom of God was at hand and the people need to repent, similar message.

B.    Now both not only preaching the message of repentance, but now baptizing.

C.     Keep in mind, at one point, John was the only one who was baptizing.  People came from every direction to be baptized by John.  Big revival took place in the wilderness.

D.    But now, Jesus’ ministry starts baptizing.

 

IV.         DISPUTE AMONG JOHN’S DISCIPLES AND JEWS (John 3:25-26)

A.    Dispute over ministry arises between John’s disciples and Jews about purification.

B.    John’s disciples still with John the Baptist, he’s still baptizing:

                                     i.     They noticed change, the numbers were dropping

C.     The dispute was more personal than purification.

D.    And so they came to John so concerned about his ministry.

E.     Not the first time this happens in Scriptures:

                                     i.     Joshua - Out in the wilderness, Eldab and Medad were prophesying.  (Numbers 11:26-29)

                                   ii.     John the Apostle - Came across a guy who was casting out demons in the Name of Jesus. Jesus said, “If not against us, they’re for us.”  (Mark 9:38-40).

·      We can be that way in the church.  We think it is about our church but it’s not.  It’s about the Kingdom of God! It’s about promoting the Name of Jesus!

                                 iii.     Apostle Paul also had to deal with this.  While Paul was in prison, some preached for self-glorification.  “But what does it matter? Whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” (Philippians 1:15-18)

F.     So much need to be done.  The work is too great to be limited to one group of people.

 

V.         MINISTRY THE WAY IT SHOULD BE (John 3:27-30)

A.    Ministry comes from the Lord.  “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.” (vs. 27)

B.    We are only vessels, obeying our calls.  “Not Messiah but only sent ahead of Him.” (vs. 28)

C.     A friend who waits and rejoices at the bridegroom’s voice when he arrives. (vs. 29)

D.    “He must increase, I must decrease,” (vs. 30)

 

VI.         WHERE JOY IN MINISTRY REALLY FOUND

A.    There is joy when it is all about Jesus and not about us.  When Jesus is increasing, and we are decreasing, that’s when you find the most joy in ministry.

B.    The moment that ministry becomes about you and about me, our church, our thing, when our priorities are out of line, there is no joy.

C.     We never use the Name “Jesus” to promote ourselves.  It is a very dangerous thing to do.  John did, but always pointing people to Jesus.  May we always promote Jesus; it is His Name that’s going to last forever.

 

VII.         WHOEVER BELIEVES THE SON HAS ETERNAL LIFE (John 3:31-36)

A.    This is the final, faithful testimony of John the Baptist.  And he boils it all down to say, “If you believe in the Son of God who has come from above to the earth, if you believe in Him, you will have the hope of everlasting life.  If you don’t believe the message of Christ, the wrath of God remains on you.”

B.    1 John 5:12, “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

C.     This is the final testimony of John the Baptist.  It all comes down to Jesus, the Son of God.  Do you have the Son?  Or do you not have the Son?  That’s what it all comes down to.

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