Simply Said: September 3rd, 2018

One of the most glorious things we can hear today, is discovered in John 1: and so often we miss it, because we don’t read every word of God. John is speaking of God, and he says a number of very powerful things in this Chapter. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” Now listen carefully; “All things were made by him, and without him was nothing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Then we read about a man who was sent from God, whose name was John. “The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.” A very powerful portion of scripture for us to read this morning. In the past God spoke to men severally as He would. Men like Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and of course Moses and each of these men were used in the will of God to fulfill God’s will on the earth. And in their life there was light, and that light lightened the life of those men, and they were powerful witnesses of the life of God.

I want you to think about the testimony of God in the world. And listen carefully what it says about the Word of God. John now speaks of the testimony of the Word who was with God and was God. Look at verse 9 this morning. We shift to see the true light, as it says: “That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.” The world may lay in darkness, but the revelation of light is revealed to all men everywhere. Then we hear these powerful words. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” Isaiah 53: starting in verse 1 is very powerful this morning. “Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness: and when we shall see him, not beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” What an amazing testimony of the heart of men who stood before Him who was sent to seek and to save. In verse 6 of the same chapter we read these powerful words. “All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every one to his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” What a glorious portion and how do so many miss the reality of who this man Jesus was? Weep as you read. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, ye he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth He was taken from prison, and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgressions of my people was he stricken:” Notice that! The purpose of his death was that you and I might have life. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; (The cross was the cruel punishment, and he was laid in the grave of another.) because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, and he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.” I love verse 11 “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”


Powerful prophesies of the Old Testament were brought to pass in the fullness of time. Galatians 1:4 reveals who Christ was. “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” Paul writes giving his personal testimony starting in verse 13. “For ye have hard of my conversation in time past in the Jews religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.” Then there comes this little three letter word. “But”, But what? “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood, neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.” The city was where he headed to before His conversion, to destroy those who belonged to Christ. Where are you headed today. To a place prepared for you, in heaven, or a place where you will be alone, separated from life forever? Christ came so that you might have life and have it abundantly. Not in this life only, but in a place prepared of God, to all and any that come to Christ by faith. Every man or woman, they all make a choice. Choose life and receive the gift of eternal salvation! Ask Christ into your heart today!


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