TEXT: John 5:18-21
18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
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 politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” 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 another 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 52.
A.W. Tozer said, “If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”
The conflict between Jesus and the Jewish religious authorities continues almost from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry until its very end. There were many things these leaders did not like about Jesus, but the main thing they hated was that Jesus claimed to be God — or, as they would have said, claimed equality with God.
Jesus, for His part, never tried to convince them that He was God. He never tried to prove this to them or make them believe it. He let His works speak for themselves. Jesus claimed not only to be doing the work of God, but to be working with God. He called God “My Father”, stating plainly that He was IN UNION with God. This made the religious leaders hate Jesus all the more: He implicated God in what they saw as a crime — working on the Sabbath day.
We are reminded that God revealed Himself to man through His Son, Jesus Christ. Everything that Jesus did, God was doing. Jesus said, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” Jesus was and is the manifestation of God in the world. He was truly God in the flesh. This was something the Jewish religious leaders refused to accept.
Jesus goes on to say, “The Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.” We are often reminded of God’s love for the world which moved Him to sacrifice His Son. But the Bible also tells us of God’s love for Jesus. One of the things that is recorded in all four Gospels is the voice of God declaring, ‘This is my beloved Son.’ Because God loved His Son, He did not abandon Him once He was sent to Earth. He continuously showed Him all the things that He, the Father, was doing so that the Son could take part in those works. Their relationship was one of divine partnership. As time went on, the Father together with Jesus accomplished even greater works. Jesus told the religious leaders that they would marvel, or wonder, at such events.
What kind of events was Jesus talking about? He explains in the next verse: “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.” Again staking His claim to deity, Jesus claims for Himself one of the three things that the Jews believed only God could do. Warren Wiersbe points out that the Jews believed only God could: (1) open the Heavens and allow rain to fall, (2) open the womb and allow the birth of a new person, (3) open the grave and allow the dead to live again.
Jesus raised at least three people from the dead during His ministry on earth, however, scholars believe that Jesus is not only talking about physical resurrection, but spiritual resurrection. Jesus not only gives new physical life, but He gives new spiritual life. All life, physical and spiritual, is subject to God, and thus subject to Jesus Christ. Adam Clarke said, “Here our Lord points out His sovereign power and independence; He gives life according to His own will — not being obliged to supplicate for the power by which it was done, as the prophets did; His own will being absolute and sufficient in every case.”
No one else can give you a new spiritual life but Jesus. No one but Jesus can guarantee that you will live again after you die. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, He desires more than anything else to give you the new life that only He can give. He desires that you take part in the love that He and the Father share. He desires that you one day take part in God’s work that began with Jesus Christ.
Allow me to share with you how you can open your heart to Jesus Christ and let God begin to work within you today.
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.”
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.