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WHO IS HE?

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord's Day Morning, August 15, 2010

“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?” (John 9:35-36).


Here is the story of a man born blind. Jesus healed him. Now he could see! This angered the religious leaders because Jesus healed this man on the Sabbath day. They tried to get this man to say that Jesus was bad. But he defended Jesus by saying,

“If this man were not of God, he could do nothing” (John 9:32).

This angered the religious leaders so much that they cast the man out of their synagogue, and excommunicated him from the Jewish community. This must have made the man feel very sad. But Jesus was there for him.

“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?” (John 9:35-36).

I wonder if this man isn’t like some of you this morning. Our people went out to the colleges and malls and invited you to come here to our church. And you came. Thank you for coming. You are our special guests today! God bless you!

What do I mean when I say that some of you may be like this man? Well, Jesus asked him, “Do you believe on the Son of God?” The man answered, “Who is he…that I might believe on him?” Perhaps you, yourself, are in that same situation. Perhaps you do not know who Jesus is. Let me take a few minutes to tell you who He is.

I. First, Jesus is God in human flesh.

The Bible teaches that God is a Trinity. Not three gods, but one God in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – three persons of one essence.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

As the old Christmas carol puts it,

Word of the Father,
   Now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
   O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
   Christ the Lord.
(“O Come, All Ye Faithful,” translated by Frederick Oakeley, 1802-1880).

Jesus is God in human flesh, the God-man by hypostatic union – fully God and fully man – at the same time. He was sent down to earth from Heaven by God the Father. He was a real man, but He was also God. We call this the “incarnation” – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Thus we call Him “the Son of God.”

“Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?” (John 9:35-36).

II. Second, Jesus is the sin-bearer.

When man fell through sin, God Himself prepared a way for sin to be removed. We ourselves could not remove our sin – because we ourselves are sinners! A sinner is unable to remove his own sins, or anyone else’s! Sins can only be taken away by someone who is not a sinner. When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming he shouted,

“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Let me tell you how Jesus takes away sin.

Jesus went out into the darkness of the Garden of Gethsemane. There, in that Garden, God laid human sin on Jesus, the Lamb of God.

Came at length the dreadful night;
Vengeance with its iron rod
Stood, and with collected might
Bruised the harmless Lamb of God,
See, my soul, thy Saviour see,
Prostrate in Gethsemane!
See, my soul, thy Saviour see,
Prostrate in Gethsemane!

Sins against a holy God;
Sins against His righteous laws;
Sins against His love, His blood;
Sins against His name and cause;
Sins immense as is the sea –
Hide me, O Gethsemane!
Sins immense as is the sea –
Hide me, O Gethsemane!
    (“Gethsemane” by Joseph Hart, 1712-1768;
       to the tune of Hart’s hymn, “Come, Ye Sinners”).

Thus, the sinless Jesus, the Lamb of God – took our sins upon Himself and bore them to the Cross, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (I Peter 3:18). Christ paid the penalty for every sin of His people on the Cross. If there were one sin Christ did not suffer for on the Cross, or one evil thought that He did not bear, we could not be saved. But He has atoned for every sin of His people. He has borne the wrath of God upon Himself – that we might escape the fire of God’s judgment. Before he died on the Cross, Jesus cried out, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Now Christians can sing,

My sins are all forgiven,
   The chains of sin are riven,
And all my heart is given,
   To Jesus, only Jesus.
(“Jesus, Only Jesus” by Dr. John R. Rice, 1895-1980).

III. Third, Jesus is alive today.

Yes, He died on the Cross. Yes, they took His bruised and broken body down from the Cross and sealed it in a tomb. But on the third day His dead body came back to life. Christ rose physically from the grave, triumphant over death! He appeared to His Disciples for a period of forty days, showing “himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3).

“And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:50-51).

Now Christ Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father, crowned in glory.

O that with yonder sacred throng
   We at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
   And crown Him Lord of all!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
   And crown Him Lord of all!
(“All Hail the Power” by Edward Perronet, 1726-1792;
     altered by John Rippon, 1751-1836).

In Heaven, at God’s right hand, Jesus is praying for His people.

“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Jesus is able to save you and keep you saved. When you come to God by Him, He lives forever to pray for you.

Now, that takes us back to the question Jesus asked that man in our text,

“Dost thou believe on the Son of God?” (John 9:35).

We have answered the question of who He is. Now we pray that you will come to Jesus, as that man did. When Jesus told him that He was the Son of God, the man said, “Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him” (John 9:38). We pray that you will do the same thing! That old-time liberal Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) had a chapter in one of his books called, “The Danger of Worshipping Jesus.” Ridiculous! The man was blinded by modernism! There is no danger whatever in worshipping Jesus. The man who was born blind did so, and so should you! Worship Jesus every chance you get!

We pray that you will come back to our church and hear the Gospel again. We pray that you will make new friends here at church, that you will have great fellowship with us at the meals we have after every service. But, most of all, we pray that you will come to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Most of all, we pray that you will come to Jesus and be washed clean from your sins by His Holy Blood, and receive eternal life by faith in Him. Amen.

(END OF SERMON)
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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: John 9:24-38.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
“Jesus, Only Jesus” (by Dr. John R. Rice, 1895-1980).


THE OUTLINE OF

WHO IS HE?

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?” (John 9:35-36).

(John 9:32)

I.   First, Jesus is God in human flesh, John 1:1, 14.

II.  Second, Jesus is the sin-bearer, John 1:29; I Peter 3:18;
John 19:30.

III. Third, Jesus is alive today, Acts 1:3; Luke 24:50-51;
Hebrews 7:25; John 9:38.