Through Jesus, We Know Who God is and What He is Like (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #7)
John 1:18: “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
Today, I am continuing the Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, which is aimed at bringing lost souls to Jesus Christ and reminding Christians, in this election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — preaching the Gospel to every creature and not getting caught up in the presidential campaign.
Since the beginning of time, people have been trying to reach God — praying to him, worshipping him, making sacrifices to him. The Tower of Babel was one of man’s earliest attempts to reach God. Some have even built idols and worshipped them as gods. Some foolish kings of the past declared that they were god and demanded to be worshipped. The Athenians had an altar to the “unknown God.”
Instinctively, man wants to know God — who He is and what He is like. However, the first thing we see from our passage is that “no man hath seen God at any time.” Moses asked to see God, but God allowed him to only see the backside of His glory. Otherwise, the experience would have been too awesome for Moses to handle, and he would have died. But, this is not just talking about seeing physically with one’s eyes. The Greek word used for “see” — horao — also means “to see with the mind, to perceive, to know, to become acquainted with by experience.” John is telling us that not only can we not see God, but we can’t even begin to know Him on our own. It was a common belief among the Jews that whoever looked on God’s presence would die, so God appeared to His people as a pillar of smoke and a pillar of fire. He spoke to them through prophets and priests. But they never knew Him personally.
God, however, always intended for us to know Him intimately. However, we must know Him through someone else, and our passage tells us that person is “the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father.” It certainly makes sense that the only person who knows the Heavenly Father well enough to tell us who He is and what He is like is the Son. Henry Alford said, “The expression signifies kindred and oneness of essence, and it is derived from the fond and intimate union of children and parents.” Have you ever heard someone tell a little boy or a young man that he ‘looks just like his father’? That is what takes place when we meet Jesus. When we look into His face we see the face of the Father. When we observe His actions, we observe the actions of the Father. Through Jesus, we know what God is like.
That is one of the main reasons why Jesus came. John says, “he [Jesus] hath declared him [the Father].” Jesus came to tell us about God, to tell us that He is love, to tell us that He wants a relationship with us, to tell us that He can save us. The word “declare” is the Greek word “ex-e-ge-o-mai”, from which we get our preaching term “exegesis.” The word means “to draw out, to unfold, to recount.” Jesus is the drawing out, the unfolding, the recounting of who God is. Without Jesus, we cannot know God. Everything God wants us to know about Himself can be found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
If you want to know God, if you want to obtain what people have been searching for since the beginning of time, you can do that through Jesus Christ today. Allow me to show you how:
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.