Seeking Jesus for the Right Reasons, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 72)

JJMessage


TEXT: John 6:26-29

26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

———-

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 72.

Alexander Maclaren said, “The priest says, ‘Rites and ceremonies.’ The thinker says, ‘Culture and education.’ The moralist says, ‘Do this, that, and the other,’ and enumerates a whole series of separate acts. Jesus Christ says, ‘One thing is needful — believe. This is the work of God.'”

The Jews express some understanding of what Jesus is telling them they should be focused on — spiritual things, not just material fulfillment. They ask a follow-up question: “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” They ask in the sense of desiring to labor to gain eternal life as a reward. They had been raised on the teachings of work and reward, sin and retribution. So, it was only natural for them to think that THEY must do something in order to receive the gift of God. However, this is where they are wrong.

They completely missed the part where Jesus said, “the Son of man shall give — GIVE — eternal life unto you.” It is not something that they earn as a reward for their own actions. They must receive it as it is given. Many today feel as though the only way to gain God’s favor is through their own merit. Instead of asking, ‘How can I receive salvation?’, they ask, ‘What must I DO to deserve salvation?”

Jesus sets their misconception straight when He tells them what they must do. It is not labor in the sense that they understand it. It is simply this: “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Do you want to receive the gift of God which is eternal life? Then you must believe in Jesus Christ.

You see, the work of God is already done. It was already complete in Jesus Christ. Even at this point in His ministry, there was no doubt that Jesus would complete His goal of sacrificing Himself in order to provide the way of salvation. When it comes to salvation, there is no work that we must do. We must simply believe in the person who has already completed the necessary work.

That is what Jesus is telling the Jews in this passage. He is saying, ‘Don’t believe in my miracles; you can benefit from them, but you will not be saved by them. Believe in me. Don’t believe in your own work. Believe in me.’ That is what God would have you to do — believe on Jesus Christ.

That is what God would have each and every one of us to do today. So many people are putting their trust in what they have done or what they can do. Many are putting their trust in other people, in other philosophies, and in other plans of life. But nothing we do of that nature is pleasing to God. The only act that God will accept in exchange for eternal life is believing on Jesus Christ — the one whom He sent. Will you believe on Him today? If so, here is how:

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.

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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 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.

Advertisements
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: