Religious but Lost, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 63)

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TEXT: John 5:39-44

39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

41 I receive not honour from men.

42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.

43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

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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, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” 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 63.

Adam Clarke said, “The grand obstacle to the salvation of the scribes and Pharisees was their pride, vanity, and self-love. They lived on each other’s praise. If they had acknowledged Christ as the only teacher, they would have had to give up the good opinion of the multitude; and they chose rather to lose their souls than to forfeit their reputation among men!”

Jesus continues His rebuke of the Jewish religious leaders for their refusal to believe in Him.

As we mentioned yesterday, Jesus anticipated that the Jews would try to accuse Him of only seeking glory for Himself. However, He reminds them, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not.” Jesus came preaching the kingdom of God. He came healing people in the name of God. He came telling people that through Him, they could have a relationship with God. Repeatedly, He said things such as, “The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Jesus did not come to Earth seeking the glory of men. In fact, He set aside His glory and took on feeble, vulnerable human flesh in order that He might bring us to God. Jesus did not come in His own name. There was no ego or pride in His mission, yet the Jews rejected Him as the suffering servant.

Jesus continues, “If another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” The Jews would receive a man who came boasting about himself and his own accomplishments. Many scholars believe that Jesus is referring to the Antichrist here. One day, the Antichrist — the Satan-empowered opponent of Jesus in the last days — will make a deal with the Jewish people, promising them protection from their enemies, and the Jews will put their trust in him. Unlike Jesus, the Antichrist will come in his own name, boasting of his own abilities, and seeking his own glory and praise. Unlike Jesus who said He did not need man’s praise, the Antichrist will demand to be worshipped.

Why does this take place? Why are the Jews willing to believe someone like the Antichrist or some other great one, yet reject someone like Jesus Christ? With His next words, Jesus again reveals the deep motives of their hearts. He says, “How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?”

Jesus pointed to their religious practices once again. The Jews were fond of praying loudly on street corners or in the high places of the Temple where they could be seen and heard by others. They loved to wait until a crowd was around before they dropped their tithe money into the treasury box in the Temple. They loved to announce the good deeds and charitable work that they did. Why? They wanted men to see what they were doing and praise them for it. They desired to be seen as good, righteous, and holy. They liked the compliments they got from others and the honor and respect that others showed to them. This is why they did not want to believe in and follow Jesus.

Many times throughout Jesus’ career, immediately after He performed a miracle, He would tell the person He had helped not to go and tell anyone what He had done. As He did with the man at the Pool of Bethesda, Jesus quickly removed Himself from the crowd after the wonderful healing had taken place. He was not looking for man’s praise or glory.

Instead of seeking the glory and honor that came from men, what the Jews should have been trying to obtain was the honor that comes from God alone. They should have been seeking God’s approval rather than man’s approval. And the only way to receive God’s approval is by accepting His Son, Jesus Christ. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

Are you ready to lay aside pride, power and position to trust Jesus Christ? Are you ready to believe on the name of Jesus today? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him:

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 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 dw3@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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