What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 26)

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John 3:16-18

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.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

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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 26.

F.F. Bruce said, “If there is one sentence more than another which sums up the message of the Fourth Gospel, it is this. The love of God is limitless; it embraces all mankind. No sacrifice was too great to bring its unmeasured intensity home to men and women: the best that God had to give, he gave — his only Son, his well-beloved.”

C.H. Spurgeon said, “This text has saved thousands of souls. The constellation in the heavens, called the Great Bear, has in it the two pointers which direct the eye of the observer to the pole star; and this verse points to Christ so clearly, so distinctly, that many have found him by it, and have lived. Let me read it again: ‘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.’”

A.W. Tozer said, “Jesus Christ came not to condemn you but to save you, knowing your name, knowing all about you, knowing your weight right now, knowing your age, knowing what you do, knowing where you live, knowing what you ate for supper and what you will eat for breakfast, where you will sleep tonight, how much your clothing cost, who your parents were. He knows you individually as though there were not another person in the entire world. He died for you as certainly as if you had been the only lost one. He knows the worst about you and is the One who loves you the most. If you are out of the fold and away from God, put your name in the words of John 3:16…Have that kind of personalized belief in a personal Lord and Savior.”

Billy Graham said, “God, looking down from heaven one day, saw this earth in its turmoil and strife and sinfulness, saw us in our lost condition, saw us in our sins. And the Bible says that God said, ‘I love you. I love you. I love you. I want to save you.’”

Tony Evans said, “True love is always willing to pay a price for the benefit of another. John 3:16 reminds us how deeply sacrificial God’s love is…True love is sacrificial.”

Max Lucado said, “Timeless and powerful, these words in John 3:16 proclaim a message of love, a source of hope, and a promise of life. One sentence, softly spoken nearly two thousand years ago, is just as relevant today as when Jesus first uttered it.”

Jim Daly said, “Quite simply, the message of John 3:16 is the most important one you’ll ever hear. It’s a message of God’s love for all people. It’s the message of hope found in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son who was sent into the world to save us from our sins.”

John 3:16 is a familiar verse to many. But as we have seen over the previous four messages, it is a verse that is part of a larger conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. Some think that the faith of those who believe in Jesus Christ is some kind of trick that was pulled on the first believers; that they believed a false narrative about the events which surrounded the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ; that Christian doctrine is something that has been unchallenged and has no real foundation down through the years.

But, as we read the account of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, we find that that is not the case. Nicodemus, a scholar and religious leader, came to Jesus asking questions and expressing doubt. All throughout Jesus’ ministry, those who were most educated about religious matters questioned, and sometimes ridiculed, Jesus’ teachings. Yet, Jesus answered all of His critics to the point where they had nothing else to say to Him. The only way they could shut Him up was to kill Him, and that’s what they did. Incidentally, it was by means of this death and the subsequent resurrection that the teachings of Jesus spread farther and wider than any would have thought possible.

If you are an unbeliever, you can know that the teachings of Jesus Christ have been challenged and vetted down through the centuries, and they have stood the test of time. So when we come to a familiar verse such as John 3:16, we must try to look at it with fresh eyes. In this single verse, we see three important actions taking place.

First, we see God loving the world. “For God so loved the world…” God loves each and every person who has ever lived on this planet. He loves us like a father loves his children. Even when a child is disobedient, or goes out and does something that brings shame on the family, the father, deep down, still loves his child. When God looks down on the world, and sees this planet roiling in a violent river of sin, crime, bloodshed, decadence, and immorality, He still loves us. The Bible says that God is love. He cannot help but love every single one of us.

Once when I preached in Montego Bay Jamaica, a beautiful young lady got up and sung the most beautiful song I had ever heard in my life, The Love of God. It goes like this:

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Then, we see God acting on His love. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…” Love compels people to do things. Have you ever wanted to buy a gift for somebody you loved? Have you ever felt the urge to tell someone that they are doing wrong and will only bring harm to themselves, not because you hate them, but because you love them? Have you ever felt the urge to step in and bear the brunt of a painful situation because you wanted to protect somebody you loved? God’s love for us is even greater than that.

God looked down and saw the sinful condition of the world. He knew that if we continued on our path, we would all end up dead and in Hell, for the Bible says, “the soul that sinneth it shall die.” So, God, seeing that we could not save ourselves, decided to step in and create a means to save us. He does this by sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to live among us, experience life with us, and show us a better way to live. However, that is not the whole purpose for which Jesus came; we must not reduce Him to just that as some try to do. Jesus came to take our sins on himself, to suffer, and to die in our place. Jesus Christ suffered rejection by God and punishment for our sins so that we would not have to.

Finally today, we see the third action that must take place. The verse reads, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God took the first two actions — He loved and He gave. The word “whosoever” refers to you and me. This is something that we must do. We must “believe.”. All you and I have to do is believe.

The word “believe” means to have faith in, to trust, or to have confidence in. That’s it. When you trust someone completely, you will put your life in their hands. That is all God is asking you to do. Put your life in the hands of Jesus Christ.

Do you believe that God loves the world? That God loves you? Do you believe that God sent His only Son Jesus Christ into the world? Have you realized that you are a sinner who cannot save yourself? Do you believe that Jesus Christ died and suffered punishment on your behalf in order to save you? Do you believe that the only way you can be saved from sin and the punishment of sin in Hell is by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ?

If your answer to these questions is “yes”, then I invite you to pray with me right now and declare that you are placing 100% of your faith, trust, and confidence in Jesus Christ and Him alone so that you will not perish and so that you will have eternal life.

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 I want to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Him as my Savior and 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! I want to congratulate you 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 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.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

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

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