experiential basis of believing.
AIM: That we
should see and believe that which we see in Jesus.
INTR: It is
well that we note what they did not know concerning the Gospel that
would only be revealed after the resurrection of Christ and yet they had
good news of the Kingdom.
1. The account before us relates a
wonderful display in the life of His disciples. This is not mere
curiosity; rather it is for inspiration to claim it.
2. How amazed
are we when we read of such things? Or does it seem to us they didn’t
3. We see what they saw through their witness. When
spiritually discerned we see with them.
THESIS: Faith is not a substitute for
sight, rather it enables true sight and brings the things of Christ into
view. To see is to believe!
I. Seeing the power of God (vv 17-20)
1. Consider the reference to the fall of Satan and his power.
was realized as they went
3. The awful power of the enemy
are graphic pictures (serpents, scorpions, etc) and see Ezekiel 2:6 And
thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their
words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among
scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks,
though they be a rebellious house.
5. Compare: Romans 16:20 And the
God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of
our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
6. With reference to true
identity: 1 Corinthians 13:2-3 And though I have the gift of prophecy,
and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all
faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am
nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though
I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me
7. See further: Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the
earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life
of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. AND Revelation 17:8
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the
bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth
shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the
foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is
not, and yet is.
II. Seeing the purpose of God (vv 21-22)
The Son declares agreement with the purpose of God. – “even so.”
Consider Christ giving thanks, here and at the tomb of Lazarus.
Babes: Psalms 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou
ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the
enemy and the avenger. AND Psalms 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with
them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. – Given
exclusively See Matthew 13.
4. Seeing, they see not And S.F. John
3:35-36 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his
hand. 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that
believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth
5. Simeon would see the Lord’s Christ; We see the Kingdom. We
see Jesus: Hebrews 2:8-9 Thou hast put all things in subjection under
his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left
nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put
under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the
angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that
he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Seeing the Christ of God (vv. 23-24)
1. A poignant picture: John
9:35-38 35 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? 36 He
answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 37 And
Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh
with thee. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
Consider the word to Thomas: John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas,
because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that
have not seen, and yet have believed.
3. Of Abraham: Genesis 22:4
Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar
4. And compare: John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my
day: and he saw it, and was glad.
5. The vision of true faith is
6. Behold the Lamb of God and:
“I saw one hanging on a tree
In agony and blood.
He cast His languid eye on me
As by His cross
O can it be upon a tree
The Saviour died for me
soul is thrilled my heart is filled
To think He died for me.
See 1 Peter 1:10-11 10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and
searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto
you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ
which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the
sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.