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HIS NAME IS MY NAME, TOO THEME: Jesus invites us to take his name...

Date: 
January 15, 2017
Speaker: 
Rev. Terry Martinson
Reading: 
John 1:29-42

HIS NAME IS MY NAME, TOO THEME: Jesus invites us to take his name...

INTRODUCTION

  • §  John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt... his name is my name, too... whenever we go out, the people always shout... hey! John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt... da, da, da, da, da, da...
  • §  Names are important... names let others know who we are... names say something about us...
  • §  Most people, young or old, just call me Terry, but throughout my life, I’ve been known by other names too: son... brother... husband... father... coach... reverend... pastor... friend – but most people just call me Terry
  • §  The name on my birth certificate is Terry Otto Martinson... my birth certificate also has on it the names of both my parents, the date and the place of my birth, and a tiny little set of footprints... my birth certificate proves who I am and who I belong to...

    THE WITNESS OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

  • §  We have often heard the story of the birth of Jesus... but long before he was born people talked about a way they would know that Jesus was the Son of God... They said there would be a sign from heaven – a dove.
  • §  Something happened at the baptism of Jesus that convinced John the Baptist that Jesus was the Son of God... at the time of his baptism, John, and the others who were there, saw the sign proving that Jesus was the Son of God... John said, “With my own eyes, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.” (John 1:32)

§ The first chapter of the Fourth Gospel (John) is the witness of John the Baptist to who Jesus is...

§ A witness is someone who tells what he knows... he testifies to what he has seen... A witness does not say, “I think...” A witness says, “I saw with my own eyes... I know for a fact...”

§ The witness of John the Baptist is crucial to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry...

§ John was a very strange individual (offer description)
§ John was a very popular preacher... he attracted quite a crowd... all kinds of people came to sit by the banks of the

Jordan River to listen to him “rant and rave!”
§ The religious officials – the priests and the Levites – came to

John and asked, “If you are not the Messiah, who are you?” § John made it clear that he was not a great prophet or the Messiah... he was a voice crying in the wilderness... the one

sent by God to prepare the way of the Lord (1:20-23.)
§ John knew his role... his role was to point people to Christ.
§ Then, speaking of Jesus, upon whom the Spirit had

descended, John said, “I myself have seen and have testified (witnessed) that this is the Son of God.” (1:34) There is no doubt in John’s mind... he is stating a fact – Jesus is the Son of God... “My witness stands that this is the Son of God.”

§ The next day John was standing with two of his own disciples when Jesus walked by... and John witnessed to his disciples, saying of Jesus, “Look, here is the Lamb of God.” As a result, his disciples stopped following him and started following Jesus. (1:37)

§ In the other gospels the disciples leave their fishing boats and their nets to follow Jesus, but in the Fourth Gospel they leave their apprenticeship to John to become disciples of Jesus. (see Matthew 4:18-22)

LAMB OF GOD

§ John testifies that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world...

o That name was full of meaning for all those who heard it...

o A lamb was a sacrificial animal... sheep were sacrificed daily in the temple to redeem the people from their sins...

o To John’s riverbank congregation, the lamb symbolized deliverance... being set free...

o It brought to mind the lamb of the Passover killed the night before Moses led God’s people out of their bondage in Egypt... the blood of the lamb, sprinkled on the doorposts of their homes, protected the Hebrew people – saved them from death and paved the way for their deliverance from Egypt (Exodus 12.)

o John was making the connection between Jesus and God’s act to deliver and set his people free... this time from sin...

o Sin is anything that separates us from God...
o Jesus would give his life to tear down the wall that

keeps us from God

SIMON PETER

§ The two disciples of John who left John to follow Jesus called him, “Rabbi,” which means teacher...

  • §  That’s the third name we hear Jesus called in this passage of scripture: Son of God, Lamb of God, and now Rabbi...
  • §  One of the two who followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter who becomes a significant figure in the gospels.

§ Andrew is not the most prominent of the disciples, but when we do catch glimpses of Andrew, he is always doing the same thing, bringing others to Christ.

§ After being with Jesus for just a short time, Andrew went and found his brother and said to him, “We have found the Messiah.” (1:41)

o This is the fourth name we have for Jesus in John’s Gospel – Messiah... Christ

o Messiah is a Hebrew word... Christ is a Greek word... both of which mean “anointed”

o The New Testament speaks of Jesus as being anointed, setting him apart for his unique role as prophet, priest, king, and Savior ....

§ John the Baptist witnesses to Andrew... and Andrew witnesses to Simon... that’s how the church grows! “Come and see what I have found... it’s too good not to be shared!”

§ Andrew brings Simon to Jesus, who looks at him and says, “You are Simon, son of John. You are to be called Cephas, which is translated Peter or “rock.”

o One of Jesus’ great gifts is the clarity to see individuals not only as they are, but as who they can become...

o Jesus recognizes potential
o Jesus sees rock-like possibilities in Peter that will not

be recognized for quite some time...
o For now Peter is spontaneous instead of rock-like... in

his enthusiasm he will walk on water toward Jesus, only to falter as soon as he realizes what he is doing... and in the heat of anger, he will cut off a soldier’s ear... he will swear his faithfulness to Jesus and then immediately deny him three times...

o But after the resurrection, Peter would become the rock upon which the church would be built...

o And Jesus recognized that the very first time he laid eyes on him...

  • §  “You are Simon, son of John. You are to be called Cephas... Peter... The Rock”
  • §  When God commissioned Abram to change the world, he changed his name to Abraham.
  • §  When God commissioned Jacob to change the world, he changed his name to Israel.
  • §  The change of a name says, “I am making you a new person. I am giving you a new life.”

    YOU AND ME

  • §  Because there is great potential - great possibility - in each one of us, God calls us to his side and gives us a new name, Christian
  • §  God calls us – you and me – to be disciples... to be his people and to do his work....
  • §  Like Abram, and Jacob, and Simon, God gives us a new life and a new name... we are called Christians!
  • §  The first six letters of our name spell Christ – his name is our name, too...
  • §  If we are going to bear the name of Christ, we need also to bear his image... people need to see Christ living within us... people need to experience his love through us...
  • §  Christ calls us to be his people, and gives us his name – Christians – because Jesus sees us not just as we are, but as we may become.

    Sermon Seeds
    § Life Application Bible Commentary – John – Tyndale House

    Publishers

§ Daily Study Bible – John – William Barclay
§ Deeper Into John’s Gospel – Arthur Sueltz – Harper and Row

– San Francisco – 1979
§ Materials published by Sermonwriter.Com for January 16,

2011 Great resource... provided the idea and much of the material for this sermon...

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