The Testimony of John (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #11)
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent mee to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
Richard Trench said, “In naming Him ‘The Son of God,’ John the Baptist speaks with unclouded vision: he means nothing less than the full Christian doctrine that the Man Jesus is also the eternal Son of the eternal Father, co-equal, co-eternal.”
Nobody was prepared for the way in which the Son of God entered the world. Those who expected Him to arrive as a conquering king were wrong. Those who expected a religious leader who would push the Mosaic law were also wrong. Many looked for the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, but Jesus came as the Lamb of God. Jesus’ arrival was so unlike what anyone expected that God had to reveal Jesus’ true nature to a select few. John the Baptist was one of those few. Please notice three things this passage tells us:
1. John the Baptist received his knowledge of Jesus Christ from God. John clearly says, “I knew him not.” In fact, he says it twice. So, if John did now know Jesus, how was He able to declare that Jesus Christ was the “Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world”? How was he able to baptize people in anticipation of His arrival? John answers in verse 33: “He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.” God, who had sent John to baptize people ahead of Jesus’ arrival, gave John a specific sign that would let him know who Jesus was. That sign was the Holy Spirit visibly descending on Jesus. Luke 3:22 says, “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon [Jesus], and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” Do you know Him? Have you trusted Jesus as your Saviour?
2. John the Baptist verified his belief regarding Jesus with observation. In verse 32 we read, “And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him… And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” Some in the world criticize Christianity by saying that it is a religion based on blind belief. But, that is not the case. Christianity is a faith based on strong witness testimony. Repeatedly, in the Gospels, and in the epistles, we are told of how the apostles and others saw Jesus, spoke with him, learned from him, and observed him. Here, John lets us know that he saw the Holy Spirit descend from Heaven and land on Jesus with His own eyes. John did not blindly follow Jesus; and he does not expect us to blindly follow Him. Rather, John puts his name on the line, giving us eyewitness testimony that Jesus is the Christ and the Savior of the world. Do you know Him? Have you trusted Jesus as your Saviour?
3. John the Baptist turned people to Jesus Christ. When John received his confirmation that he had indeed seen the Lamb of God, he immediately turned people’s attention to Him. John told the crowds gathered to hear him preach, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Then, later on as he was walking with two of his own disciples, he saw Jesus again, and immediately pointed them to Him. “And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!” John knew that his work was coming to an end now that Jesus was on the scene. He told everyone who came to hear him about the Lamb of God that had come to take away the sins of the world. Do you know Him? Have you trusted Jesus as your Saviour?
Today, the words and testimony of John the Baptist still point us to the Savior. We, like those who came to hear John, have a decision to make. Will we ignore and reject Christ or will we accept Him and His sacrifice on the cross?
If you want to accept Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross, allow me to share with you how you can do that today.
First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, 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 eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “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.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving 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.