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JESUS – THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Wednesday Evening, August 14, 2019

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light” (John 1:1-8; p. 1114 Scofield).

You may be seated.

Let us go back over what we learned last time, verse by verse:

v. 1, Before the beginning of time, the “word” [logos] was with God and was God, not “a” god as Jehovah’s Witnesses mistranslate it. There is no Greek to support the addition of “a.” Furthermore, this would open us to believe there are more than one God, the door back to idolatry.

v. 2, Jesus was there from before the creation of the universe.

v. 3, Jesus created all things.

“For by him were all things created... by him, and for him”
        (Colossians 1:16; p. 1262).

“And by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17; p. 1263).

“Consist” is literally “to hold together.” If Christ did not hold the very atoms together, the whole universe would be in chaos! The NASB translates Colossians 1:17 that way, “In Him all things hold together.” Christ created everything in the universe out of nothing (ex nihilo). Dr. Criswell said, “This is obviously a refutation of the evolutionary theory.”

v. 4, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” Whatever dim light man has of God comes from God.

v. 5, Mankind could not know God through nature or conscience any more.

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That takes us to part II –

JESUS – THE LOGOS MADE FLESH

Stand.

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 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 1:6-14; p. 1114).

You may be seated.

v. 6, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”

1. John was only a man.

– Christ was God (John 1:1-2).
– John was a man, but only a man. John was the son of
   a man. Jesus was the only begotten Son of God.

2. John was “sent from God” on a mission.

1. Not to start a religion.
2. Not to organize and administer a religion.
3. Not to minister (John never
    healed anyone; John never performed a miracle).
4. John’s whole ministry was to
    “bear witness of the light” (verse 7, p. 1114).


The mission of John was to point people to Christ, the light of the world, seen in John 1:29 and 34; p. 1115.

The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin,
   The Light of the world is Jesus;
Like sunshine at noonday His glory shone in,
   The Light of the world is Jesus.
Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee;
   Sweetly the light has dawned upon me;
Once I was blind, but now I can see;
   The Light of the world is Jesus!
(“The Light of the World is Jesus” by Philip P. Bliss, 1838-1876).

Our main mission is like John the Baptist’s mission – to tell people, “Come to the light. Once I was blind, but now I can see, the light of the world is Jesus.”


The mission of the church is to say with John the Baptist, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29; p. 1115).

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light” (John 1:6-8; p. 1114).

“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29; p. 1115).

Our message must not be – “Come with us and find wonderful fellowship and new friends.” That is humanism.

Our message must be, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Talk about Jesus and what He has done for you. I saw Dr. Lin’s church grow from about 60 people to over 2,000 members. Someone said to me, “What method did Dr. Lin use?” I answered, “He told us to bring a friend to church with you.” Talk about Jesus to them, then work hard to get them to come to a service. There will be literally thousands of Orientals in San Gabriel. Go and make friends with one person. Talk about Jesus with enthusiasm. Then bring them with you to a church service. You will be surprised, in the next few years, what God will do in San Gabriel!

Stand and sing the chorus of “Bring Them In.”

Bring one in, bring one in,
   Bring one in from the fields of sin;
Bring one in, bring one in,
   Bring the wand’ring one to Jesus.
(“Bring Them In” by Alexcenah Thomas, 19th century;
     altered by Dr. Hymers).