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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Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God Who Took Away the Sins of the World (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #10)

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Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God Who Took Away the Sins of the World

John 1:29 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.”

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 and preachers who have refused to obey God’s Great Commision and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to pray without ceasing for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. This is message number 10.

D.L. Moody said, “We learn to know Christ as our Savior, to meet Him on Mount Calvary, to look on Him as the bleeding Lamb of God, before we know Him as our Redeemer, Deliverer, and Shepherd.”

Our text describes Jesus as coming to John the “next day.” The “next day” would have been the day after the Pharisees and other religious leaders sent their representatives to question John the Baptist as to who he was and what his agenda was. From the verses we read on yesterday, we saw that John already knew that Jesus had come on the scene, but that He had not publicly began His ministry. Thus, scholars have concluded that John 1:29 takes place after Jesus’ baptism since John did not know who the Messiah was until after Jesus had come to him to be baptized.

John describes Jesus as “the Lamb of God.” This is the first time in all of the New Testament that Jesus is described as such. Gerald Borchert said, John “chose to start with a story in which Jesus is given a designation not used in any of the other Gospels. John The Baptist is here portrayed as gaining the attention of the people by announcing, ‘Look!’ (Behold! or See!) and pointedly identifying Jesus as ‘the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'” In doing so, John the Baptist connects Jesus to many Old Testament images that describe exactly what Jesus came to do. The Jews would have immediately recognized the importance of Jesus being the Lamb. Let’s look at seven roles Jesus fulfills as the Lamb of God.

1. Jesus is the ‘gentle Lamb’ of Jeremiah 11:19. By calling Jesus “the Lamb of God,” John shows Jesus’ grace and humility. Jesus did not come to bring wrath and judgment this first time, but to bring peace and hope to a hurting world.

2. Jesus is the Passover Lamb. The Passover was a Jewish celebration that commemorated God’s deliverance of the Jews from the judgment brought by the Angel of Death in Egypt. Those Jews who smeared the blood of a lamb on their doorposts were “passed over” when the death angel came to kill the firstborn son of every Egyptian family. Jesus is our passover Lamb. Because of the shed blood of Christ, the judgment of God passes over us.

3. Jesus is the substitutionary Lamb of Genesis 22. In the Old Testament, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac to prove his loyalty to Him. But, at the last minute, God provided a lamb as a substitute for Abraham’s son. This act of substitution is a picture of what Jesus did for us on the cross. He died in our place.

4. Jesus is the Guilt Offering of the Old Testament. The Jews brought guilt offerings before God for sins they committed unintentionally or through ignorance. Because ignorance is not an excuse before God, these sins still had to be paid for. Jesus is our once-for-all payment for such sins.

5. Jesus is the “Servant of the Lord” of Isaiah 53. Aramaic was the language that Jesus and His contemporaries spoke in day-to-day life. The word used for “lamb” in the Aramaic version of John’s Gospel can mean either ‘servant’ or ‘lamb’. It is believed that the writer who translated the Aramaic text deliberately used this word to identify Jesus as the Servant of the Lord famously described in Isaiah 53. As a Servant, Jesus is shown to be obedient to the Father in all things. Unlike us, Jesus lived a sinless perfect life before God.

6. Jesus is the Scapegoat. In Old Testament times, the Jews would symbolically place their sins on the head of a goat and banish it in the desert. Regarding John’s view of the Lamb of God also being a scapegoat, Marcus Dods writes in The Expositor’s Bible: ‘Impregnated as John’s mind was with the sacrificial ideas in which he had been nurtured, if Jesus was the scapegoat on whom our sins were laid, and who carried them all away, He certainly had the qualities which fitted Him for this work: He had a connection with us of an intimate kind, and He was stainlessly innocent.’ Jesus came to take away our sin and guilt. He became our Scapegoat, bearing our sins and punishment before God so we would not have to.

7. Jesus is the Lamb led to the slaughter. When lambs were gathered to be slaughtered for their meat or sheared for their wool, they did not protest or resist what was happening. Isaiah uses the word “dumb” to describe their nature. And he says that Jesus did not ‘open his mouth’ in protest. Jesus accepted God’s will for him as the Lamb of God sent to take away the sins of the world.

Of course, we may be more comfortable with a triumphant Jesus, victorious over death and Hell. But, the Gospels first present Him as a bloodied, beaten, bruised sacrificial Lamb, repulsive to God because our sins have been laid upon Him. It is by this Jesus that we are saved. It is by this Lamb of God that our sins are taken away. As Martin Luther said, “Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want.”

Dear friend, choose what you want. You cannot be saved from sin without receiving the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Will you receive Him today? If your answer is yes, allow me to share with you how you can do that today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner 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 punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

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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Are You Ready to Follow Jesus Christ? (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #9)

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Are You Prepared to Follow Jesus Christ?

John 1:24-27 reads: “And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.”

John, the forerunner of Jesus Christ, is known by his title, “the Baptist.” As he preached to the crowds telling them that the Messiah was coming soon, he also baptized many people. When we think of Baptism, we often think of a ritual that is done after one accepts Christ as Savior in order to identify symbolically with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. However, John baptized people before Jesus even began his ministry.

So, why did John baptize? The Pharisees, one of the religious groups that had come to question John, also wanted to know the answer to this question. They said, “Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?”

Baptism was practiced by the Jews before Jesus came as an act of cleansing. It mostly took place during the ritual cleansing ceremonies of Gentile proselytes — non-Jews who decided to follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The submerging of the body beneath the water and the drawing of it back out indicated one’s desire to be cleansed of all past sins and to begin obeying God as He had revealed Himself in the Old Testament.

However, John did not just baptize Gentiles. He baptized Jews as well. His message was that everyone needed to reject their sins in order to prepare their hearts to receive the Messiah. Merrill C. Tenney said, “It is not unlikely that John’s baptism followed the pattern of proselyte baptism, which required a renunciation of all evil, complete immersion in water, and then reclothing as a member of the holy communion of law-keepers.”

Again, John emphasizes that his work is not about himself, but about the one who comes after him. He says, “I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.” Loosening the straps on one’s sandals was a job reserved for the lowest of the house servants. John did not even consider himself worthy enough to do that. John was not trying to get people to follow him. He was not trying to start his own religious movement. He was trying to get people to see their own sinfulness and to see that they needed a Savior. As the forerunner, he was preparing them to follow Jesus Christ.

Are you prepared to follow Jesus Christ? Have you recognized your own sinfulness and your need for a Saviour? Then allow me to show you the steps to salvation through Jesus Christ.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

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

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

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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In Jesus, God Comes to Us (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #8)

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In Jesus, God Comes to Us

John 1:19-23 reads: “And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.”

When John the Baptist began to preach in Judea, he raised many questions in the minds of people who lived during that time. John was an unexpected part of the story of Jesus. Even though many were looking for the Messiah, they did not expect John the Baptist, so when John started preaching, they want to know who he was.

Chief among those who had questions were the religious rulers of Israel. They “sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?” They were concerned about someone who was different from them upsetting the established order. To them, John was a wildcard, a loose cannon, someone they had not been expecting.

Of course, John knew that they were expecting Jesus Christ, the anointed one who would save Israel. So John told them — “he confessed, and denied not; but confessed”“I am not the Christ.” John could have taken some of the credit for himself. He could have tried to position himself to get something out of the deal. He could have tried to win some respect, fame, or glory, but he didn’t. He told them in a straight-forward manner, “I am not the Christ.”

But they persisted. They said, “Art thou Elias? Art thou that prophet?” The Jews have a prophecy that says Elijah would return before the end of days, but John was not Elijah. The Jews also have a prophecy from Moses that says God would raise up another prophet from among the Jews, but John was not that prophet either. Both times, John said, “No, I am not who you think I am.”

But his questioners won’t leave without an answer. They demand, “Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?” And, finally, John says, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord.” John borrows these words from the book of Isaiah, one of the great Old Testament prophets. Ray Stedman points out that “Isaiah tells how highways are built: He says, ‘Every valley shall be exalted, every mountain and hill brought down; the crooked made straight, and the rough places plain.’ Check with a modern road builder and he will tell you that is exactly how a highway is built: the low spots are filled in, the high spots are leveled, the crooked ones are straightened out, and the rough ones are made smooth.”

The interesting thing about the preparing of the way for the arrival of the Lord Jesus Christ is that the way is not being prepared for the people to go to God, but for God to come to the people. When God comes to us, we realize that we are all on level ground. Those who feel they are poor and worthless are raised up. Those who are mighty and powerful are pulled down. When God comes to us, we all realize that we are equal before him. We are all sinners who have fallen short of his glory. The paving of the way is the preparing of our hearts to receive the One who will still accept us despite our flaws and wrongdoings. That is what John did. He warned people to get ready because God was opening a door in Heaven, extending a staircase from the sky, and stepping down in the form of Jesus Christ. John’s task was to help people prepare their hearts to receive Him.

Dear friend, God prepared a way to you, is your heart prepared to receive God? He is here today, ready to accept you, but you must be ready to receive him. If you want to receive Him, allow me to show you how you can do that.

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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Through Jesus, We Know Who God is and What He is Like (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #7)

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Through Jesus, We Know Who God is and What He is Like

John 1:18 reads: “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Today, I am continuing the Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, which is aimed at bringing lost souls to Jesus Christ and reminding Christians, in this election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — preaching the Gospel to every creature and not getting caught up in the presidential campaign.

Since the beginning of time, people have been trying to reach God — praying to him, worshipping him, making sacrifices to him. The Tower of Babel was one of man’s earliest attempts to reach God. Some have even built idols and worshipped them as gods. Some foolish kings of the past declared that they were god and demanded to be worshipped. The Athenians had an altar to the “unknown God.”

Instinctively, man wants to know God — who He is and what He is like. However, the first thing we see from our passage is that “no man hath seen God at any time.” Moses asked to see God, but God allowed him to only see the backside of His glory. Otherwise, the experience would have been too awesome for Moses to handle, and he would have died. But, this is not just talking about seeing physically with one’s eyes. The Greek word used for “see” — horao — also means “to see with the mind, to perceive, to know, to become acquainted with by experience.” John is telling us that not only can we not see God, but we can’t even begin to know Him on our own. It was a common belief among the Jews that whoever looked on God’s presence would die, so God appeared to His people as a pillar of smoke and a pillar of fire. He spoke to them through prophets and priests. But they never knew Him personally.

God, however, always intended for us to know Him intimately. However, we must know Him through someone else, and our passage tells us that person is “the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father.” It certainly makes sense that the only person who knows the Heavenly Father well enough to tell us who He is and what He is like is the Son. Henry Alford said, “The expression signifies kindred and oneness of essence, and it is derived from the fond and intimate union of children and parents.” Have you ever heard someone tell a little boy or a young man that he ‘looks just like his father’? That is what takes place when we meet Jesus. When we look into His face we see the face of the Father. When we observe His actions, we observe the actions of the Father. Through Jesus, we know what God is like.

That is one of the main reasons why Jesus came. John says, “he [Jesus] hath declared him [the Father].” Jesus came to tell us about God, to tell us that He is love, to tell us that He wants a relationship with us, to tell us that He can save us. The word “declare” is the Greek word “ex-e-ge-o-mai”, from which we get our preaching term “exegesis.” The word means “to draw out, to unfold, to recount.” Jesus is the drawing out, the unfolding, the recounting of who God is. Without Jesus, we cannot know God. Everything God wants us to know about Himself can be found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

If you want to know God, if you want to obtain what people have been searching for since the beginning of time, you can do that through Jesus Christ today. Allow me to show you how:

First, please understand that you are a sinner 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 punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

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.

Published in: on January 13, 2016 at 8:35 am  Comments Off on Through Jesus, We Know Who God is and What He is Like (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #7)  

Get Ready for Jesus; He Changes Everything (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #6)

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Get Ready for Jesus; He Changes Everything

John 1:15-17 reads: “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

We have already been introduced to John the Baptist. He was Jesus’ earthly cousin and served as His forerunner. Before Jesus came on the scene, John was out there paving the way for Him. In modern terminology, John the Baptist was Jesus’ “advance man.” He was rolling out the red carpet, getting the crowd ready for the entrance of the King. Notice three things that John pointed out to people about Jesus Christ.

1. Behold the superiority of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist said, “He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.” In our modern, progressive way of thinking, we automatically assume that the future generations are going to be better than the current and past generations. Sometimes, we even speak ill of our ancestors — we see them as unenlightened and uneducated. However, in Jesus’ culture, the opposite was true. Those who came before were revered as wiser and better than the current generation. So, in John’s point of view, since Jesus was from the beginning, and is in fact Emmanual — God with us He was far more superior than any of the prophets, kings, or great leaders who had come on stage in all of world history. John the Baptist was telling his people, ‘If you think Isaiah and Jeremiah and Solomon and David and Moses and Abraham were great, just wait till you meet Jesus!’ And if you think I am great, waint until you meet Jesus!

2. Behold the grace of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist said, “Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” Bible scholars tell us that we live in the “age of grace.” That age began with Jesus’ arrival on earth. Before Jesus came, man lived in an age of judgment — there was sin and punishment, wrongdoing and retribution. But, today, God does not have to see us according to our sins. He can see us through the lens of grace because of Jesus Christ.

What is grace? According to Strong’s Lexicon, the word “grace” refers to “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, or loveliness.” It is the “good will, loving-kindness, and favour”of God. It is God’s unmerited favor. That is what Jesus Christ came to bring to humanity. Now, God does not extend to us a stingy, close-fisted grace. Rather, he gives us a “fulness” of it. This word, “fulness,” means “a fulfilling, a keeping, an abundance.” In other words, we are filled up with God’s grace. We are overflowing with it. John uses the term, “grace for grace.” Robert Morris said, Clearly John intends to put some emphasis on the thought of grace. God’s grace to His people is continuous and is never exhausted. Grace knows no interruption and no limit.”

3. Behold, the new order brought by Jesus Christ. John the Baptist said, “The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” If we were still living under the law of Moses today, most of us would be dead right now, and would have been dead a long time ago. When Jesus Christ came, He instituted a new order — one of grace and truth. The way to eternal life, the way to a right relationship with God is not through keeping the law (although you should do that). It is through Jesus Christ and Him alone. If you try to make it by keeping the law, I assure you, you will fail, and you will die in your sins. But, if you embrace the grace of God and the truth of Jesus Christ, His grace will save you and the truth will set you free.

Don’t reject the grace of God that is extended to you today. Jesus came so that you can take advantage of it and be saved. Allow me to share with you how you can do that today.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

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

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

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.

Published in: on January 13, 2016 at 8:32 am  Comments Off on Get Ready for Jesus; He Changes Everything (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #6)  

In Jesus, God Became One of Us (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #5)

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In Jesus, God Became One of Us

John 1:14: “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.”

Today, I am continuing the Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, which is aimed at bringing lost souls to Jesus Christ and reminding Christians, in this election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — preaching the Gospel to every creature and not getting caught up in the presidential campaign.

One of Jesus’ names is “Emmanuel”, meaning God with us. Our passage for today shed light on exactly what that name means.

1. In Jesus, God became flesh. John says, “The Word was made flesh…” The Jews of that day had a hard time believing that the God they worshipped could take on human flesh. In fact, most people probably have a hard time believing that that is even possible. But, that is what happened when Jesus came down. He took on human flesh. Merrill C. Tenney said, “Christ entered into a new dimension of existence through the gateway of human birth and took up his residence among men.” The beautiful thing about this is that, as the song says, “Jesus knows all about our struggles.” He knows every pain, every heartache, every temptation, every emotion that we have ever felt. He knows it because he was once just like us. He was God in the flesh.

2. In Jesus, God dwelled among us. John says, “and he dwelt among us.” When Jesus came down, he could have easily set himself up as a king. In fact, once the people witnessed the amazing miracles that he could perform — especially feeding thousands of people in the blink of an eye — the Bible tells us that they tried to make him king. But Jesus never made himself more important than the rest of us. He was a carpenter’s son born into a family of no great means. Jesus said that he “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Immanuel, God with us, draws near to us in our brokenness, our sin, our feebleness, our sickness, and our death. Charles Spurgeon said, “If God has come to dwell among men by the Word made flesh let us pitch our tents around this central tabernacle; do not let us live as if God were a long way off.”

3. Despite becoming flesh and dwelling with men, Jesus was still fully God. John tells his readers that “we [him and the other apostles] beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” They knew that Jesus could only be the Son of God. The Greek word used for “beheld” is stronger than the words “saw” or “looked.” John is saying that he and the other disciples carefully studied Jesus’ nature and they concluded that he was “the only begotten” son of God. Although he was fully man, he remained fully God. He never stooped into sin, but showed us how to live a perfect life in communion with God. But because we cannot live a perfect life on our own, because we have already sinned and made mistakes, Jesus came to be our perfect sacrifice — a once for all atonement for our sins and the offenses that we have committed against God.

Because of Jesus, you never have to worry about God not accepting you because of your sins. Jesus came — he became like you — so you do not have to suffer the punishment that you deserve. The question is: Will you accept his sacrifice? Please listen as I share 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.

Published in: on January 13, 2016 at 8:27 am  Comments Off on In Jesus, God Became One of Us (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #5)  

How Will You Receive Jesus? (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #4)

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How Will You Receive Jesus?

John 1:10-13: “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.”

Today, I am continuing the Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, which is aimed at bringing lost souls to Jesus Christ and reminding Christians, in this election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — preaching the Gospel to every creature and not getting caught up in the presidential campaign.

Warren Wiersbe said, “Why did people reject Jesus Christ? Because they ‘knew him not.’ They were spiritually ignorant. Jesus is the ‘true Light’ — the original of which every other light is a copy. The Jews were content with copies. They had Moses and the law, the temple and the sacrifices, but they did not comprehend that these ‘lights’ pointed to the true Light who was the fulfillment, the completion, of the Old Testament religion.”

One might find it surprising, but when Jesus Christ came into the world, He was not received with open arms. Notice the reaction of three groups of people as described in John chapter 1:

1. The world in general rejected Jesus. “The world knew him not…” The Son of God had a remarkable entrance into this world. He was born of a virgin, thousands of angels announced his birth, and wise men from the East came to present him with gifts. Yet, unlike the Christmas celebrations which go on today, the world in general barely glanced at the manger in Bethlehem. When King Herod, who was the ruler of Judea at that time, found out from the Jewish religious scholars that a king was expected to be born, sent out his army to kill all boys under two years of age. What a way to welcome the Son of God. Jesus was in the world that he had made, yet the world did not receive him, and many did not even know he had come.

2. Jesus’ own people, the Jews, rejected him. John says, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” Of all the groups of people in first century Palestine, the ones most likely to welcome the Messiah with open arms did not receive him either. Many of the Jews who had been looking for and hoping for a Savior hated Jesus. He upset the established religious order. He did not come to affirm the hypocritical traditions of the religious leaders, rather he turned it on its head, stating that the poor, the sinners, the humble, and the Gentiles would be the first to enter into the kingdom of God.

One is reminded of one of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories titled “Revelation.” In the story, Mrs. Turpin, a well-to-do southern white woman living in the 1960s, sits in a hospital waiting room observing the different types of people coming in and out as she waits for her husband to be treated. It is revealed that she has a hidden disdain for Negroes, “white trashy” people, and people who are, in her words, not “trashy, just common.” They are not as good as she and her husband. Later that day, after she returns home and has an unpleasant (in her mind) exchange with her Negro servants, she goes out to the field where she has an “epiphany.” The sky opens before her and she sees a long line of people going up to Heaven. To her shock and amazement, at the front of the line are the Negroes, the “white trashy” people, and the common folk dancing and singing on their way to the pearly gates. And the well-to-do whites like herself are in the back, coming along at a slower pace.

That is the kind of story Jesus told the Jews when he came to earth, and they didn’t like it, so they, too, rejected him and eventually turned him over to be crucified.

3. Finally, we have the people who received Jesus. There were only a few at the time, but John says, “to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” These people who believed on Jesus were born again into God’s family. This new birth “was not of blood” — that is, their human birth did not get them into God’s family. Unlike what some in our culture teach, just because you are human does not mean that you are going to Heaven or that you are a child of God. This new birth was also “not of the will of the flesh” — that is, their human works, what they did in the flesh, did not make them children of God. Nor was this new birth “of the will of man” — that is, nothing done by any other man got them into God’s family. This new birth was “of God.” Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ is born again by the power of God.

So how will you receive Jesus? Here is how you should:

First, please understand that you are a sinner 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 punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

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 new-found 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.

Published in: on January 13, 2016 at 8:24 am  Comments Off on How Will You Receive Jesus? (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #4)  

Bearing Witness to the Light (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #3)

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Bearing Witness to the Light

John 1:6-9: “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.”

Today, I am continuing the Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, which is aimed at bringing lost souls to Jesus Christ and reminding Christians, in this election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — preaching the Gospel to every creature and not getting caught up in the presidential campaign.

We are still in the prologue of John’s gospel, and in these verses, he shifts his focus from Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, to another man named John. These verses hold a compelling message for Christians today regarding what we should be doing on this earth. Notice these things:

1. John was sent by God. John the Apostle tells us that John the Baptist was “sent by God.” John did not come of his own will; he was chosen and sent by God. He had a specific purpose for his life on earth. Too many of us think that we can do whatever we want with our lives. But God has put us here on earth for very specific reasons. If we keep in mind the fact that we had absolutely nothing to do with our own birth, we will quickly realize that, if there is a God in Heaven who controls life and death, (and there is) then we had better quickly get to doing what He put us on earth to do. If you have trusted Jesus Christ as Saviour, you have been chosen to bear witness to the Light.

2. John bore witness to the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. Verse 7 says, “The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light…” That was John’s purpose; that was the reason why he was sent into the world. John was not sent to promote himself or to build up his own name. In fact, verse 8 says, “He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.” Too many of us want to be the light. We want to be in the spotlight. We want to be the center of attention. We want people to come to us and lift us up. But, as Christians today, we have the same mandate as John — to bear witness of the Light, Jesus Christ. Are you doing that?

3. John was a helper to the Gospel. What did John preach about? He preached about “the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” – Jesus Christ. John did not just represent Jesus for the sake of representing Jesus; he did not just preach because he liked to hear his own voice. He preached with a purpose — he preached to get people to come to the Light – Jesus Christ. Many believers today take pride in being able to debate theological issues, hold conferences on every subject imaginable, and talk about ways to boost church attendance and ministry participation. But none of that matters if people are not hearing the pure unadulterated Gospel of Jesus Christ and getting saved and having their lives changed by the Light – Jesus Christ. We, too, must be helpers of the Gospel. We must live and speak with the purpose of influencing others to give their lives to Christ. That is what it’s all about.

Christian friend, are you like John the Baptist? Are you representing Christ? Are you helping people come to the Light? If not, start today.

If you are not saved, now is your chance to come to the Light as well. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

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

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

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.

Published in: on January 13, 2016 at 8:21 am  Comments Off on Bearing Witness to the Light (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #3)