What Kind of Belief Do You Have in Jesus? (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #21)

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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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate too win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 21.


John 2:18-25:

18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

21 But he spake of the temple of his body.

22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.

24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,

25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

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Lee Camp said, “Jesus of Nazareth always comes asking disciples to follow him–not merely ‘accept him,’ not merely ‘believe in him,’ not merely ‘worship him,’ but to follow him: one either follows Christ, or one does not. There is no compartmentalization of the faith, no realm, no sphere, no business, no politic in which the lordship of Christ will be excluded. We either make him Lord of all lords, or we deny him as Lord of any.”

When a person says they believe in Jesus, what, exactly, do they mean? It is possible to believe many things about Jesus that are correct and proper. Some believe that Jesus was simply a historical figure…and He was. Some believe He was a Jewish rabbi…and He was. Some believe He was a great religious teacher…and He was. Some believe He was indeed a miracle-worker…and He was. Some believe He is a great example for today…and He is. But none of these beliefs will save a soul from a burning hell.

After Jesus’ miracle of turning the water into wine, and after His cleansing of the Temple, the Bible tells us that He worked miracles in Jerusalem during the Passover feast. A couple million Jews had gathered in Jerusalem, and when they saw the miracles that Jesus performed, the text says, “many believed in his name.” They believed in Jesus as a miracle-worker; they believed that he had supernatural power from God. It was not hard for them to develop this belief as they could not deny what they had seen with their own eyes.

Jesus’ miracles intrigued and excited the masses. Everybody wanted to know, ‘Who is this miracle-worker?’ More importantly, they wanted to bring their sick to Him so they could be healed, bring their blind and lame to Him so their faculties could be restored, and bring their demon-possessed people to him, so the demons could be cast out. Often, that is how we treat God and Jesus. We are only in it for some physical benefit that we can get out of it. God does not want us to be that way.

Next the Bible tells us, “But Jesus did not commit himself unto them [those who believed on Him because of His miracles], because he knew all men.” The word “commit” comes from a Greek word which means to place one’s faith, trust, or confidence in, or to be persuaded of something. Jesus did not allow Himself to be caught up in the masses of people that were suddenly following Him and singing His praises. He knew what they wanted from Him. He knew that they were not interested in His agenda. In fact, when they found out that He would not become their king, many of them got mad and stopped following Him.

Jesus knew everything about human nature. John writes, “He knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.” Jesus knew the thoughts and intentions of all the people who followed Him. He knew those who were just there because He was suddenly a celebrity. He knew those who would follow Him until they got their miracle and then would forsake Him. He knew those who followed Him because they were intellectuals, and they wanted to hear the words of this new teacher.

Ray Stedman said, “Jesus could read all the signs that telegraph what we are. We are always indicating, by the looks on our faces, the tones of our voices, the positions, the stances we take with our bodies, what we really are like inside. None of us can read those signs adequately enough to be able to see through the facades and insincerities of others. But Jesus could. Therefore he was never deceived, never fooled, about anybody. Though they came to him and said they wanted to follow him, he could read their hearts and know whether it was real or not.”

Right now, Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart. He is looking at your heart and examining your motives. Are you considering believing in Him and following Him? Then, I encourage you to believe in Him for the salvation that He offers. Believe in Him because you truly want a changed life. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ because you are willing to commit your life to Him. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ because you are willing to follow Him. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ because you are willing to obey Him. Do not come with ulterior motives, thinking that God will give you something for coming to Jesus. Do not come because others want you to believe. Do not come because you think it’s cool to follow Jesus or because a lot of the people you know are following Him. Don’t come as just a fan. Believe in Him for yourself. Come humbly, knowing that you are a sinner in need of a Saviour

Are you ready to believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation from sin and the consequences of sin? 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 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.

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