Christ who is God, came to earth as man. Yet in doing so, He did not merely “appear” like a man; He became one (v. 14). When it says “we have seen” it implies that the author was an eyewitness. John the Baptist gave a continuing testimony concerning Jesus (v. 15). The Christian life is the constant reception of one evidence of God’s grace replacing another (v. 16).
John the Baptist had the privilege of introducing Jesus to the nation of Israel. He also had the task of preparing the Jewish nation to receive their Messiah. He was bold in calling them to repent of their sins and to prove that they had by living a changed life. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (v. 17). The law was truth but it was truth without grace. We are saved by grace (Eph. 2:8-9), and we also live by grace (I Cor. 15:10). Finally, Jesus Christ reveals God to us (v. 18).
It was the fact that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God that aroused the Jews to persecute Him (10:30-36). Note the seven persons in John’s Gospel who called Christ the Son of God: John the Baptist (1:34); Nathanael (1:49); Peter (6:69); the healed blind man (9:35-38); Martha (11:27); Thomas (20:28); and the Apostle John (20:30-31).
John the Baptist was bold in his witness for Christ as he asked the people to repent of their sin and prove they had by living a changed life. I need to be bold in my preaching and witnessing for Christ.
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John 1:10-14Only One Way to Experience Salvation
John 1:15-18The Incarnation of Christ
John 1:19-28John was asked "Why baptize?”
John 1:29-34Jesus The Lamb of God
John 1:35-42The First Disciples
John 1:43-51God Calls Philip And Nathaniel
John 2:1-12Changing Water into Wine
John 2:13-25Jesus Turns Over the Tables
John 3:1-12How to be Born Again
John 3:13-24What does it mean to believe?
John 3:22-30Confusion About The New Birth
John 3:25-36John’s Final Eulogy
John 4:1-15Jesus Meets the Samaritan Women
John 4:16-30It is not Where You Worship But How
John 4:31-42The Harvest is Ready
John 4:43-54Jesus Heals the Nobleman’s Son