31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
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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 32.
William Barclay said, “If we want information about a family, we will get it at first hand only from a member of that family. If we want information about a town we will get it at first hand only from someone who comes from that town. So, then, if we want information about God, we will get it only from the Son of God; and if we want information about heaven and heaven’s life, we will get it only from him who comes from heaven.”
As we move toward the conclusion of John chapter 3, we come to what has been called “The Testimony of John.” There is some debate over which John actually produced these words. Some say the verses that we just read are a continuation of the previous verses in which John the Baptist was speaking to his disciples. Others say that these words come directly from John the Evangelist, the writer of this gospel. Whatever the case, these verses tell us some important things about Jesus Christ.
This passage comments again on the origin of Jesus Christ. “He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.” Jesus is the one who comes from above. He is heavenly. His perspective is different from ours. Being God, He sees and knows things that we cannot see and do not know. Because of His origin, Jesus has authority that no one else on earth has. Just as we are willing to listen to a Neil Armstrong who has been to the moon on how to get there and what it is like, we ought to listen to Jesus regarding how to get to Heaven because He comes from Heaven.
Jesus not only speaks about Heavenly things because He is the Lord of Heaven, but also because He has experience with Heaven. Verse 32 says, “What he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth.” Jesus is not like some religious teachers in history who spoke of things they had not seen, heard, or experienced. Mohammed might claim that he had a vision of Heaven. Confucius would say that Heaven is a state of moral order on earth. Buddhists believe that Heaven is the feeling of pleasure. However, Mohammed, Confucius, and Buddha, are — as John said — “of the earth, earthly, and speak of the earth.” In a court of law, eyewitness testimony is more valuable than the testimony of someone who has no experience with the matter at hand. Thus, Jesus alone can tell us what Heaven is like and how to get there from experience, because He came from Heaven.
John continues, however, that “no man receiveth [Jesus’] testimony.” By “no man”, he is not saying that absolutely no one believed in Jesus. However, comparatively speaking, very few people believed Jesus during His ministry on earth. This is sad.
John goes on to say, “He that hath received [Jesus’] testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.” When we believe the words of Jesus, we bear witness to the fact that God is true. The Greek phrase “set to his seal” means to stamp something with a mark or sign for security, preservation, or authentication. In Jesus’ day, a man who was writing a letter and wanted to assure the recipient that it was coming from him, would take his ring (which would be inscribed with his name, likeness, or some other unique symbol), dip it in hot wax or ink and then stamp it on the letter.
Some have said that Jesus Christ is God’s love letter to us. Jesus, who issued forth from the Father, tells us everything God wants us to know about Himself and about how we can have a relationship with Him. When we believe the Gospel — Jesus’ testimony — we are acknowledging that what God has spoken and demonstrated through Christ is true.
No one else can speak about Heaven as Jesus did. No one else can speak about salvation as Jesus did. No one else can speak about dying and rising from the dead to live eternally with God as Jesus did. He alone can speak about these things with confidence and assurance. The question now is, do you believe what He said? Are you ready to place your faith, trust, and eternal destiny in His hands? If so, allow me to show you 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 accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at email@example.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.