Monthly Archives: September 2010

John 5:30-47

I think after this there is just one more sermon outline to put up, then our church website should have the rest.

In John 5.30-47, Jesus says there are three witnesses who testify about his Messiahship:

  1. John the Baptist (33-35)- the baptizer’s testimony did not make Jesus any more the Messiah than he already was, but Jesus knew many Jews respected John’s ministry, and he wanted them to be saved (34)!  Jesus wants the ones who want to kill him (18) to be saved.
  2. God the Father (36-44)- the works the Father gave Jesus to do testify about Jesus, and the Father in some way has spoken about Jesus.  Verse 39 makes it clear that He spoke about Jesus in the Scriptures.  The OT, according to Jesus, testifies all about Jesus.  And do not miss the fact that the written Word is the way Jesus claims the Father speaks.
  3. Moses (45-47)- Jesus is telling the self-proclaiming Moses-followers that they do not believe Moses, since they do not see the Law as pointing to Jesus.  Followers of Christ have the authority to tell self-proclaiming believers that they are not believers.

With all these witnesses, we should always believe EVERYTHING Jesus says about himself.

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A Plea for Terry Jones to run to the cross

Dear Mr. Terry Jones,

You have not loved the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your strength.

You have not loved your neighbor as yourself.

You have not been merciful, pure in heart, or a peacemaker.

You have not turned the other cheek.

You have not forgiven others their trespasses, so your Heavenly Father will not forgive yours.

You have been full of strife and maliciousness, a slanderer, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

My hunch is that you have sought the praise of men rather than the praise of God.

You have blurred the lines between Christianity and America– an issue so many Christians need help with– and, therefore, have blurred the lines between what the blood of Christ actually purchased and what the elemental spirits of the world work for.

You have denied the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ– which is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe– by thinking there is another way righteousness is revealed on this earth.

Mr. Jones, on account of these the wrath of God is coming!  I want to see you with us in glory!  Run to the cross.  Only the blood of Christ can save you.  We do not want you to publicly “postpone” anything.  We want you to publicly repent of your sin and cling to Christ, for the sake of your soul, for the sake of misguided sheep, and for the sake of God’s glory!  Friend, it is good on this side!  It is good to trust in the sovereignty and goodness and grace of God.  It is good to preach nothing but Christ and him crucified.  It is good to be able to return good for evil.  It is good to be spit in the face and love our enemy.  It is good to live Christ and have dying be gain!  I want this for you.

Only because of His Blood,

Todd Morikawa