Vintage Message: John 5:16-47

Vintage message from August 5, 2001.

In verse nineteen it says, “Jesus gave them this answer, ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does, the Son also does.'” So Jesus makes the statement to them, “I’m not doing this on My Own. I’m only doing what My Father’s doing.” …Sometimes I wonder, when I read this verse, and I’ve read it many times, what kind of effectiveness would we have as believers, saving a lost world? I’m not talking about going to our friends who already believe. I’m talking about going into a world of people who do not believe. I wonder how effective we would be if we simply did what we know Jesus did. If we simply lived the way Jesus lived. If we did what we saw Jesus doing. We are given a key here to ministry. [Do] you want to be effective in your walk with Christ? [Do] you want to be effective so that people see the power and the Spirit of God in you? Do you want to be able to see people saved from a world that would drag them into the pit of hell? Simply do what Jesus did. Do it the way He did it. We don’t have to worry about the results. We worry about the obedience. We worry about the example. Are we taking His example? Are we doing it His way? Or, are we buying into the rules and the regulations of the Pharisees? Are we taking the things that Jesus did and diluting it, and changing it, and making it into rules and regulations by which we must live? Simply, effectively, stopping the work of God in our life. But Jesus gives us the key. “The Son can do nothing by Himself. He can do only what He sees His Father doing.” How much are we looking at Jesus to see what He’s doing? How much are we looking into His Word to see what He did and how He did it?…

If we want to be effective in ministry, if we want to see people saved, then we have to be bold enough to stand and say, “Jesus is the One, and I’m only doing what I saw Him do. I’m testifying to Him. He testified to Himself, John testified to Him, His Father testified to Him, and His Word testified to Him. How much more do we need?” And we’ll be effective… Salvation comes when we tell people Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the only way.

Pastor Dave Elkins