“When Doubts Arise” Sermon Outline:
John in prison
Matthew 11:1-3 “Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.
2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples
3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
What are you imprisoned with? What has a hold on you that is strong (stronghold)? Are you doubting, in your prison, and asking “Are You the One?”
John baptizes Jesus
Matthew 3:13-17 “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.
14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”
15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
The Gospel of John (chapter 1) records:
- Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
- He bore witness.
- Saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove.
- Was told whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining … baptizes with the Holy Spirit.
- Have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.
Baptize with Holy Spirit and fire
Matthew 3:11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
After all this … we see Yeshua in the wilderness … fasting … temptations.
Beginning of Galilean ministry
Matthew 4:12 “Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee.”
Yeshua knows what prisons you are in.
Yeshua begins His ministry … calls His disciples.
His method of ministry
Matthew 4:23 “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.”
Why was John in prison?
- Confronted Herod about having his brother’s wife.
- John was put in prison.
- At Herod’s birthday, daughter of Herodias, danced before him and pleased him.
- He promised to give her whatever she wanted.
- At the prompting of her mother, asked for the head of John, on a platter.
- Body is carried away and buried and Yeshua is informed.
Loss of loved ones … what a time to doubt … we question the “why’s”.
- Departs to a place by Himself.
- People hear of it and follow Him there.
- He sees the multitude.
- Is moved with compassion.
- Heals their sick.
- Feeds 5,000.
Are You the One? Yeshua’s solution and response.
Matthew 11:4-6 “Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:
5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
Hear and see
Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Signs, miracles, and wonders. You do the same!
John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
Hearing and seeing – brings repentance
Matthew 11:20-24 “Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:
21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”
When doubts arise
- Do what Yeshua did. He is our example.
- Have compassion.
- Minister to others.
- Do the mighty works of the Messiah.
- Leave the outcome to Him.
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