Why Do You Want to Follow Jesus? (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #12)
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.
35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38 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?
39 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.
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 Gospel Light Society.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.