What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 28)

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John 3:19-21

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in 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 to 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 28.

G.K. Chesterton said, “The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness, and everyone must choose his side.”

In our message on yesterday, we talked about the fact that there would be some people who condemn themselves to eternal punishment in Hell because they refuse to believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. One question that Nicodemus probably had in his mind as he was talking to Jesus is: If being born again is as simple as Jesus says it is, if God has done everything to facilitate our salvation, why would anyone reject that gift? Why would anyone condemn themselves?

Jesus provides the answer in verse 19. He says, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” The only reason why people reject God and salvation through Jesus Christ is because they love darkness more than light. They love the evil deeds that they are engaged in so much that they will put themselves at risk of eternal damnation.

The word “men” in this verse refers to all humanity, not just those who have been condemned. At some point, all of us have loved darkness and sin. In fact, it is in our flesh (our very nature) to love darkness rather than light. This love of darkness is shown through the evil deeds that we do. It is this love of darkness and evil works that causes us to reject the light of Christ, and thus sentence ourselves to eternal punishment in Hell.

Of course, some will say they don’t believe in Hell or in eternal punishment so they can live the way they want to live. Some will say there is no such thing as right and wrong so they don’t have to abide by any type of moral code. The opinions of such people betray what they know to be true. Say a man does not believe in right and wrong. Let his wallet be stolen, and then ask him if he believes in right and wrong. Ask a man who does not believe in punishment for sin if the hacker who stole his identity and ruined his reputation should be punished for his crime. The only reason why people say such things is because they love doing their evil deeds, they love their darkness, and they don’t want anybody — not even God — to stop them.

Now, you might say, ‘I’m not a very bad sinner. I haven’t murdered anyone, I haven’t stolen anything, I haven’t committed adultery. Surely, that reference to “evil deeds” doesn’t apply to me.’ Let’s say, perhaps, that you have not done any of those things; you still have a very big problem. Have you submitted your life to the will of God? Or are you still doing things your way? If so, even that is sin. David Guzik said, “When we think of the love of sin that sends people to hell, we often think of notorious sin. But the simple demand to be lord of my own life is enough of a sin to deserve condemnation before God.” All you have to do to condemn yourself to Hell is say, ‘God, I’m going to do it my way.’

Regarding those who love darkness rather than light, Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy B. Zuck state, “Just as natural light shows up what is otherwise unseen, so Christ the Light exposes people’s deeds as ‘evil.’ (The word translated ‘evil’ here is phaula, meaning “worthless.”) Unbelievers have no ultimate meaning of life, no worthy motivation, no adequate goal, and a destiny of doom. Yet everyone who does evil hates the light (as well as loves darkness). He fears that if he comes to the light his deeds will be seen as worthless, and he would need to turn from them.”

If we are honest with ourselves, I believe we will each admit that we are not as good as we ought to be or as we could be. Some will try to shrug off this admission and say it doesn’t matter. Others, like Nicodemus, will commit themselves to a lifetime of doing good and abiding by some kind of legal or moral code. However, even that is not enough in God’s eyes. The Bible says “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” in God’s sight. Think for a moment about some of the most righteous people you can imagine, people who have spent their lives doing good — Billy Graham, Pope Francis, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama. Surely, these people can get into Heaven because of their good works. But, no. Their righteousness is filthy in God’s sight.

In order to avoid condemnation and eternal punishment in Hell, one must admit that he cannot save himself — that he needs a Savior. And God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to be that Savior.

If you want to receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour, here is what you need to do to believe in Him.

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 that 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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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! 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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