“GET CLOSE TO THE KING”

Sunday 20th March 2011 – Pastor Mark Ballosingh

John 16:1-24 1These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. 5But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 6But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 7Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 16A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. 17Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? 18They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.19Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me? 20Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 21A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 23And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
In order to understand the book of John we must first understand the life and background of John. John was a fisherman, brother of James, sons of Zebedee. John is known as the Beloved of Christ, a man who sought after the heart of Christ. John was an uneducated man who couldn’t read or write, yet he would write 5 books in the New Testament. In comparison to the other gospels, the book of John does not start with the genealogy of Christ but he would start with theology John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God..

Only the grace of God could take an uneducated man to put together the deepest and most profound truths the Bible holds, to take the base things of the world to confound the wise.

• Jesus would be passing by the shore and say to the fishermen “follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. It is said that Peter, James and John formed Christ inner circle but John had a different relationship with Christ.

• 15 prophecies from the Old Testament are fulfilled in the book of John, John gives 43 new prophecies of which 7 were fulfilled.

• The theme of John re-enforces the relationship between the King and His Father.

• John simplifies the Trinity, helps us understand the closeness and importance of the relationship.

• John focuses on the King over the kingdom, he emphasises to the believer, in order to get into the kingdom you must get close to the King.

• John was one of the disciples to ask Jesus to show him the signs of the last days.

• John would be called to Bethany and would wait in the upper room for the Passover.

• Although John was close to Jesus, he was still human and his flesh was weak, we recount Jesus asking Peter, James and John to stay and pray while they were in the garden and they would be asleep when Jesus returned “Master the spirit is willing but the flesh is surely weak”

• Apostle Paul would refer to John as the pillar of the church of Jerusalem

• John’s life is an illustration of the Divine Sovereignty of God, the Divine Grace of God, God would take him out of his uneducated state to lean on the breast of Christ at the last supper.

• John’s life was an illustration of the love of God, he sought after the heart of God John 3:16 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.

• When John decided to follow Jesus he allowed Jesus to be in control of his life, John remained under the control of Jesus.

The book of John does not record:-
1) The genealogy of Christ
2) The birth of Christ
3) No account of temptation
4) No account of the sermon on the Mount
5) No account of the casting out of demons

What is found in John’s gospel:-

1) Identifies Jesus as the creator

2) A personalised book, refers to Jesus as the only Begotten Son

3) Identifies Jesus as the promised Lamb of God, the great I am

4) Records the first miracle – turning water into wine

5) Records the first conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, a very personal conversation, Jesus loves us on an individual basis. This account reaches into the depth of personal salvation through supernatural happenings.

6) Records the conversation between the woman at the well and Jesus. Jesus would identify the woman’s lifestyle and identifies the conflict between the Jews and Samaritans, Jesus would also highlight and identify what worship should be.

7) John captures the account of the woman caught in adultery and was brought before Jesus, Jesus would say John 8:7 7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8) Records Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead…Lazarus would be dead for 3 days and Jesus would go to the tomb and command “Lazarus come forth, loose him and set him free”

9) Records Jesus washing the feet of the disciples and would demonstrate humility and servant hood. Jesus shows that He is not greater than us “I’ve come to serve and not to be served. One of the greatest lessons John records is, “when we come into the Kingdom, we are called to serve the King”….We are called to serve…

10) Jesus would connect His death, burial and resurrection to The Holy Communion. When we come to the table it is not just for bread and wine but there is a deeper connection, it is connected to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul reiterates “do not partake unworthingly.

John is a powerful narrator who captures events on a personal level. People need to get personal with God now, God is pointing the Believer for the end is near.

John would understand and capture the features of the Holy Spirit. He would bring us to that place of inter-locking truth…He would identify Jesus as the Word, a product of the Father…He identifies the Word and Jesus as one, identifies the Father and Jesus as one, he identifies the Father and the Holy Spirit as one…..the Deity of the Trinity in simplicity…..the interlocking truth to hold the Believer Body – Soul – Mind, God the Father, God the son, God the Holy Spirit.

John emphasises Jesus’ ministry in Jerusalem and Judea. He would give more precise times of the feasts of the Jews.

John emphasises the teachings and words of Jesus and not the parables of Jesus. He records the emphasis on the King rather than the Kingdom.

How familiar are you with the King? What is your personal interaction with the King? He is the reviver, He is the restorer, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Alpha and Omega, Kingdoms will rise and Kingdoms will fall but the King remains the same.

The last 24 hours of the life of Christ is recorded in the book of John and this is one of the key things which make this book different from others.

On Jesus’ way to Golgotha, Jesus would direct John to his mother, Mary behold thy son, son behold thy mother…

John records Jesus saying “My Father” 35 times, “Verily, verily” 25 times……Jesus called on God for strength in times of weakness, when he was confused and needed direction, He went regularly to The Father, as children of God, we too have access to Him….the words of Christ are carefully recorded by John..

Theology and Christology is strong in the book of John. We must live like Christ, walk like Christ, think like Christ and react like Christ…….Christ is alive and He sitteth at the right hand of the Father making intercession on our behalf, He hears our cries…there is a connection between the church and Christ, when Christ is separated from the church there is no church and we become powerless.
John lets us know the extensive parameters God operates in…..God has given Christ power over all things, in the air, in the earth…..

Today, as the world looks around for hope, for a leader, there is none to be had, for they are looking for a man, but there is a hope and His name is Jesus, John records Him as the sustainer, the Hope of Salvation, the giver of Deliverance, the problem solver over anything which may come our way over this dispensation. There is a King who is on His way to save those who love Him and follow after Him, John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also

The King is coming….John declares the King is on His way.

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