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THE GOSPEL OF JOHN– Part 13
John 1:29-34, says, ”The next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He in behalf of whom I said, ‘After me is coming a Man who has proved to be my superior, because He existed before me.’ And I did not recognize Him, but so that He would be revealed to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” And John testified, saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. And I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”
At first glance, this seems to be a narrative, by John, of his experience encountering Jesus for the first time. But this is much more. It is a profound prophetic event and John is telling us of what was, what is and what is to come. Reader beware.
This is prophecy fulfilled. It is important to remember that prophecy is an ongoing process. For example, once the Christ-child was born, prophecy was fulfilled, but that was only the beginning of what was to come. So it is when John says, ” The next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! ”
John, through these verses, is identifying the identity of Christ, the purpose of Christ and the immediate future of Christ.
Jesus is called the Lamb of God in John 1:29 and John 1:36, which is referring to Him as the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for sin. In order to understand who Christ was and what He did, we must begin with the Old Testament, which contains prophecies concerning the coming of Christ as a “guilt offering” (Isaiah 53:10). In fact, the whole sacrificial system established by God in the Old Testament set the stage for the coming of Jesus Christ, who is the perfect sacrifice God would provide as atonement for the sins of His people (Romans 8:3; Hebrews 10). (taken from GotQuestions.org)
It is not enough to just know about this prophetic event, you must know that it is true and that it impacts and forever changes the trajectory of your life as a follower of Jesus. You are no longer your own and fate no longer has any charge over you. You are now of a royal priesthood, an ambassador for Christ, on mission with Him. This is your calling and your future.
You are to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that He has commanded.
You are now a soldier in God’s called army. You are to be engaged in the spiritual war leading to the End of Days. You are to now stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Your struggle is no longer against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, you are to take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day.
Next, John is revealing the eternal nature of Jesus as God when he says, ‘After me is coming a Man who has proved to be my superior, because He existed before me.’
You are to experience the most astounding of all miracles. Not only are you called, you are to be sanctified in the truth, which is the reason Jesus came into the world.
And, you are to be made one, just as the Father is in Jesus and Jesus is in The Father, you also are in Them, so that the world may believe that The Father sent Jesus.
Please get the significance of being made one with Jesus and the Father. You have been folded into the Holy Trinity by the prayers of Jesus. You are being made into the righteousness of God, a humble servant yet a warrior of the cross!
As Romans 3:22 says, – But it is the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction,
As Romans 5:17 says, – For if by the offense of the one, death reigned through the one, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
As Romans 8:10 says, – If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
As Philippians 1:11 says, – having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, for the glory and praise of God.
And, as Philippians 3:9 says, – and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.
John is a first-hand witness to this prophetic event. He is telling of what he personally saw, experienced and touched with his own hands. “And I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen, and have testified, that this is the Son of God.”
Finally, John tells us that this is the Son of God Who baptizes in the Holy Spirit. It is important to know, again, the significance of what this will mean to you. Matthew reports on this event in Matthew 3:12 when he says, “His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
THERE ARE FIVE POINTS GIVEN IN VERSE 12 WHICH ENCAPSULATES THE ENTIRE TRIBULATION PERIOD, BEGINNING WITH THE BREAKING OF THE TRIBULATION SEALS, CONTINUING THROUGH THE TRUMPET AND BOWL JUDGMENTS, INCLUDING THE WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT AND CULMINATING WITH THE DESTRUCTION OF THE 1ST HEAVEN AND THE FIRST EARTH WITH INTENSE HEAT.
(a) “His winnowing fork is in His hand: Cleansing, refining, purifying His Church.
(b) He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor: Preparation through tribulation.
(c) He will gather His wheat into the barn: Jesus gathering His Church through the rapture and taking us to our eternal Home.
(d) He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire: The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord and the destruction of the first heavens and earth.
Listen and read carefully. The Ultimate Purpose of God’s Eternal Plan is Perfection. He is maturing His people, of all the ages, by His Plan, to live in perfect harmony with Him and with one another. In the end, God is going to destroy this earth and heavens with an intense heat, and will create a New and Perfect heaven and earth.
Having become a Christian, a disciple of Jesus, you are no longer of this world. You are to take up your rightful place as a child of God, and as the righteousness of God, you must stop thinking as this world thinks. God is preparing you to be an active participant in the events of these Last Days.
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