I continued the sermon series that I started last week in John’s gospel. This week’s title was “Things Are Looking Up”
I used John 1:14-18 to talk about how the “Word of God” got “Wrapped Up”
I used John 1:19-28 to talk about how John “Spoke Up” about the Messiah
I used John 1:29-34 to talk about how God’s will started “Opening Up” for John
After some expository/exegete preaching from these verses with those headings I used them to make some applications for us. Here’s a little bit:
1) There’s a good reason to get wrapped up in the story we read about Jesus. That’s because He cares. We have a mediator who feels for us because He felt for us (Hebrews 4:15-16).
2) We need to be willing to speak up and go on the record for Jesus. If John was willing to speak up for the coming Messiah then we should be willing to speak up for the Messiah who has come (Matthew 10:32-33).
3) If we want God’s will to open up for us then we need to open up His word. Faith in Jesus is found only in the word of God (Romans 10:17) and if we want to learn about the will of God for our lives when it comes to the Lamb of God then we need to open the word that teaches us all about it.
I’m trying to figure out a way to post this sermon’s (and last week’s) audio to the website. I can get the audio file off of my phone and onto my computer, but from there it’s a little more tricky for me. I’m no techie but I’m trying.