Hey! Who turned on the Lights?

Hey! Who turned on the Lights?

 
 

John 1:6-13

 

 
 

Through the prophet Malachi, God told us that He would send a messenger that would prepare the world for the Light He was sending. That messenger was John the Baptist.  Malachi 3:1

 
 

John’s message was that he was one like Elijah, preparing the way for the Lord. God always prepares His people. John wanted the people to know that their hearts had to be ready to accept their Savior.

 
 

John came to bear witness to Jesus who is the Light of the World. Jesus enlightens all who are willing to come to Him and be saved. Funny thing though, people don’t like that light; they like the dark. In the dark, they can hide the things they do that light would bring attention to. Not good! Who wants people to know when we are sinning. Never the less, Jesus came to shine His light into the world to lead us to Him. John’s job was to let people know Jesus was coming and to be prepared to invite Him in.

 
 

Despite John’s preparation, people were not willing to let Jesus in. His own people did not receive Him; but to all who did accept Him, He justified them as children of God. These children were different. They were not born of flesh and blood, nor as verse 13 says, “the will of man” but of God. This special birth is called the new birth or salvation. (Isaiah 49:6) Salvation entails ever-lasting life and light. As children of God, we are called to be His ambassadors and to spread the Good News of His coming as well as minister to those around us.

 
 

Jesus came to us from the Godhead, bringing light and life to us and we, loving the dark deeds that we are inclined to do, rejected Him.

 
 

What are you doing with that light?

 
 

6 There was a man [i] sent from God, whose name was [j]
John. 7 He came as a [k] witness, to bear witness about the light, [l] that all might believe through him. 8  [m] He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. 9  [n] The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet [o] the world did not know him. 11 He came to [p] his own, [2] and [q] his own people [r] did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, [s] who believed in his name, [t] he gave the right [u] to become children of God, 13 who [w] were born, [x] not of blood [y] nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:6-13 (ESV)

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, a Living Truth Ministry, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

Questions:

 
 

 Read John 1:6-8 as well as Malachi 3:1; John 3:28; Matt 3:1; Mark 1:4; Acts 19:4;

 
 

1 .What was the use of John the Baptist’s Ministry?

2. How did He prepare human hearts for the way?

3. Was he the Christ? Did he tell people he was?

4. In what ways today does one have to be prepared for Christ?

5. Who is the way? (John 14:6)

 
 

Read John 1:9-13 and Isaiah 49:6; 1John 2:8;

 
 

6. Who is the true light?

7. What did God promise in Isaiah?

8. Who was the promise for?

9. How does it apply to our generation?

 
 

Read Matt 21:38; John 5:43; 1John 5:13; John 1:12; James 1:18;  1Peter 1:3;

 
 

10. Why do you think Jesus’ own did not receive Him?

12. What are some excuses we use to reject Jesus?

13. What does Jesus do for those who will receive Him?

14. What happens to those who reject Christ? Why?

 
 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, a Living Truth Ministry, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

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