The “Disciples” Who Left Jesus (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 82)

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TEXT: John 6:60-69

60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living 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, 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 82.

E.A. Blum said, “Jesus’ rejection of their desire to make Him their political king; His demand for personal faith; His teaching on atonement; His stress on total human inability and on salvation as a work of God—all these proved to be unpalatable for many people.”

The Jews who rejected the Holy Spirit’s work in their hearts and lives decided not to continue following Jesus. The Bible says, “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” Some might think that this would have saddened Jesus. It did not. He was not even surprised, for He Himself had predicted it. He told the crowd, “But there are some of you that believe not.” And John adds, “For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not…”

The actions of the crowd did not worry Jesus. He had told them that the way to God is “straight and narrow, and few there be that find it.” The turning away of these people who once called themselves Jesus’ disciples indicated that they loved other things more than they loved God. With all of their religious activity, one might be fooled into thinking that their chief aim in life was the improvement of their relationship with God. Yet, when God was staring them in the face, they turned their backs on Him.

Jesus was not fooled. He knew that these people were more like the young rich man who went away sorrowful, unwilling to follow Jesus because he loved his money and did not want to give it up for eternal life. These people decided that keeping their status in the community and remaining in the favor of the religious establishment was more important than the guarantee of eternal life.

As they walked away Jesus says, “Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.” Because these people were hostile to Jesus and rejected His words, the Spirit was not free to work in their hearts and lives and illuminate the truth of salvation.

Now, Jesus turns to the twelve disciples whom He had chosen. “Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?” Jesus wants to know if they too would leave Him and follow the crowd. Numerous times throughout His ministry, Jesus challenged the disciples’ faith and reprimanded them for their doubts. After seeing the crowds celebrate Jesus and desire to make Him king, it must have been a letdown for them to see so many decide to leave Him.

Peter responds to Jesus’ question, saying, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peter, speaking for all of the disciples, gives a resounding declaration of faith. His attitude is, ‘Who else is there to go to? Where else would we go? You have the words of life.’

Now, at this point, the disciples were not mature in their faith. They were not great theological experts; they did not have a complete understanding of what they were getting into. But, they had faith. They were willing to believe whereas the other Jews were not willing to believe. The Spirit was already at work in their lives, and little by little, they were being perfected in the faith.

God requires nothing of you in order that you might receive salvation. He takes the first step; all you have to do is believe. Once you believe, Jesus comes to live inside of you, His Spirit begins working within you, and He will help you to understand and live out your new life in Him.

Here is how you can take the first step of faith and invite Jesus into your heart today.

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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