John the Baptist, the Ambassador of Christ (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 52 / Day 419 since Jan. 1, 2016)

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TEXT: Matthew 3:1-4:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. (more…)

God Preserved Jesus for His Destiny and He Can Preserve You For Yours (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 46 / Day 413 since Jan. 1, 2016)

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TEXT: Matthew 2:19-23:

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. (more…)

Rachel Weeping for Her Children and Why the World Needs Jesus, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 45 / Day 412 since Jan. 1, 2016)

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TEXT: Matthew 2:16-18:

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. (more…)

Rachel Weeping for Her Children and Why the World Needs Jesus, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 42 / Day 409 since Jan. 1, 2016)

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TEXT: Matthew 2:16-18:

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. (more…)

The History of Jesus Christ, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 14)

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TEXT: Matthew 1:6-11:

6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;

7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;

8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;

11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: (more…)

The History of Jesus Christ, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 10)

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TEXT: Matthew 1:1-6:

1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

3 And Judas begat Pha-res and Zara of Tha-mar; and Pha-res begat Es-rom; and Es-rom begat Aram;

4 And Aram begat A-min-a-dab; and A-min-a-dab begat Naas-son; and Naas-son begat Sal-mon;

5 And Salmon begat Boaz of Rachab; and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; (more…)

The History of Jesus Christ, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 8)

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TEXT: Matthew 1:1:

1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (more…)

Do You Want to Stay Sin-Sick? Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 49)

TEXT: John 5:8-13

8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. (more…)

Why Do You Want to Follow Jesus? (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #12)

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Why Do You Want to Follow Jesus?

John 1:35-39 reads: “Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.”

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to pray without ceasing for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. This campaign is inspired by 1 Corinthians 2:2: “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” As well as Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” This is message number 12.

Kyle Idleman said, “The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ. They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them.”

After Jesus made his entrance at John’s baptism, word quickly spread in the region about the Man whom the Spirit had landed on in the form of a dove. Many wanted to know about this Man who apparently was of such great importance that John the Baptist would tell people to follow Him instead. They wanted to know if this man, of whom a voice boomed from Heaven declaring Him God’s ‘beloved Son’, was indeed the long awaited Messiah. Our passage for today tells us of the reaction of two men who left John and began to follow Jesus.

1. They heard the message. These two disciples were standing with John the next day — the second day in this series. John the writer wanted to show how the disciples of John the Baptist came to faith in Jesus Christ. Dr. John Walvoord and Roy Zuck states, “The action in God’s economy was shifting from John’s baptism to the ministry of Jesus.” As Jesus was walking by, John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” That word “behold” means to “view with steadfastness and attention”, to look deeply into. These two followers of John were called to examine what they saw and knew about Jesus. They knew what they had heard from John’s preaching. They saw the Holy Spirit come down on Jesus after His baptism. They heard the voice from Heaven. Now, they observed Jesus with their own eyes. What would they do with the information they had?

2. They followed the Messiah. We read, “And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.” After weighing the evidence, these two concluded that John the Baptist was right, so they decided to follow Jesus. John the Baptist did not mind his disciples leaving him to follow Jesus: that was the whole purpose for which he had preached and baptized — to get people ready to follow the Messiah when He did come. The word “follow” has a double meaning here. These two men followed in the sense of walking behind someone, but, as one commentary put it, they also “turned their allegiance to Jesus that day.”

3. They lived under the authority of the Master. These disciples did not follow Jesus out of mere curiosity; Jesus made sure of that. He asked them, “What seek ye?” Jesus wanted to know what they were looking for and why they were following Him. Perhaps, it could also be said that Jesus was asking, ‘What are you seeking in life?’ The disciples answered, “Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?” The disciples wanted to know where Jesus was going so they could go and stay with Him. The authors of the Bible Knowledge Commentary state that the word translated “staying” [or “dwellest” in the King James Version] is a favorite word of John’s. It occurs here in his writings for the first time. It means, of course, ‘to stay or dwell’ in a place. But it also has a more spiritual meaning — and that is “to remain, to continue, or to abide.” These disciples weren’t content to follow Jesus for a day and then go back to their own lives. They weren’t content to come and listen to Jesus teach a few times a week, and not have any real commitment. If Jesus was who John the Baptist said He was, if Jesus was who the voice from Heaven said He was, these disciples were ready to go all-in with Jesus.

John tells us that this event took place “about the tenth hour.” According to the official Roman method of telling time as well as the way the Synoptic Gospels count time, this would be about 10 am.

In answer to the disciples’ question, Jesus said, “Come and see. [And] They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him.” They had to come to Jesus before they could see the rest of the way forward with Him. You may not understand everything about salvation right now, but Jesus promises that if you come to Him, He will show you the rest of the way.

After all that you have heard about Jesus, are you ready to come to Him today? If you are looking for salvation from your sins and the punishment of sins, if you are looking for new life and a relationship with God, then you need to make the decision to come to Jesus as the disciples did. Allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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The Testimony of John (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #11)

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The Testimony of John

John 1:29-36 reads: “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!”

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to pray without ceasing for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. This campaign was inspired by 1 Corinthians 2:2: “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” As well as Acts 5:42: “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” This is message number 11.

Richard Trench said, “In naming Him ‘The Son of God,’ John the Baptist speaks with unclouded vision: he means nothing less than the full Christian doctrine that the Man Jesus is also the eternal Son of the eternal Father, co-equal, co-eternal.”

Nobody was prepared for the way in which the Son of God entered the world. Those who expected Him to arrive as a conquering king were wrong. Those who expected a religious leader who would push the Mosaic law were also wrong. Many looked for the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, but Jesus came as the Lamb of God. Jesus’ arrival was so unlike what anyone expected that God had to reveal Jesus’ true nature to a select few. John the Baptist was one of those few. Please notice three things this passage tells us:

1. John the Baptist received his knowledge of Jesus Christ from God. John clearly says, “I knew him not.” In fact, he says it twice. So, if John did now know Jesus, how was He able to declare that Jesus Christ was the “Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world”? How was he able to baptize people in anticipation of His arrival? John answers in verse 33: “He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.” God, who had sent John to baptize people ahead of Jesus’ arrival, gave John a specific sign that would let him know who Jesus was. That sign was the Holy Spirit visibly descending on Jesus. Luke 3:22 says, “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon [Jesus], and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” Do you know Him? Have you trusted Jesus as your Saviour?

2. John the Baptist verified his belief regarding Jesus with observation. In verse 32 we read, “And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him… And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” Some in the world criticize Christianity by saying that it is a religion based on blind belief. But, that is not the case. Christianity is a faith based on strong witness testimony. Repeatedly, in the Gospels, and in the epistles, we are told of how the apostles and others saw Jesus, spoke with him, learned from him, and observed him. Here, John lets us know that he saw the Holy Spirit descend from Heaven and land on Jesus with His own eyes. John did not blindly follow Jesus; and he does not expect us to blindly follow Him. Rather, John puts his name on the line, giving us eyewitness testimony that Jesus is the Christ and the Savior of the world. Do you know Him? Have you trusted Jesus as your Saviour?

3. John the Baptist turned people to Jesus Christ. When John received his confirmation that he had indeed seen the Lamb of God, he immediately turned people’s attention to Him. John told the crowds gathered to hear him preach, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Then, later on as he was walking with two of his own disciples, he saw Jesus again, and immediately pointed them to Him. “And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!” John knew that his work was coming to an end now that Jesus was on the scene. He told everyone who came to hear him about the Lamb of God that had come to take away the sins of the world. Do you know Him? Have you trusted Jesus as your Saviour?

Today, the words and testimony of John the Baptist still point us to the Savior. We, like those who came to hear John, have a decision to make. Will we ignore and reject Christ or will we accept Him and His sacrifice on the cross?

If you want to accept Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross, allow me to share with you how you can do that today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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