TEXT: John 7:18-24
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?
20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel.
22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.
23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
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 87.
Francis Chan said, “The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.”
Among the Jews who were present at the Temple, there were many who rejected Jesus because of who He said He was. They were able to deal with Him as long as they could see Him as just another rabbi. But they could not or did not want to entertain the idea that He was God.
Jesus, however, makes it plain that He is not like one of their religious teachers; He is quite different. He tells them, “He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” The point Jesus is making here is that He is not in it for Himself. All of His miracles, all of His teachings are not for His own glory, but for the glory of God. The truth of what He is saying is backed up by the fact that He has no stake in it. If people listen and obey, it will benefit them, not Jesus. Unlike many human teachers, Jesus’ righteousness is supported by His continual seeking of God’s glory and the benefit of others.
Now, Jesus begins to address one of the most serious charges the Jews brought against Him — that He was a Law-breaker. In verse 19 He says, “Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?” The very people who were supposed to defend and teach the Law were disobeying it by plotting to kill Jesus. They intended on premeditated murder, something that Law clearly condemned.
The people — that is, the common people — are surprised to hear this accusation. They accuse Jesus of being crazy, saying, “Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?” Obviously, the Jewish leaders would have kept their desire to see Jesus dead a secret to prevent an uproar among the people. Nonetheless, the accusation that Jesus is demon-possessed is a serious one. It is, as one commentator said, the calling of light darkness. Unfortunately, that is what people will do when they are confronted with something they do not understand or grasp. Even if it is something good, they will call it evil.
Jesus ignores this accusation and focuses on how the Jewish leaders have misused the Law to support their agenda. He says, “I have done one work, and ye all marvel.” This “work” that He is referring to is the healing of the paralyzed man at the Pool of Bethesda which the leaders opposed because it occurred on the Sabbath. Jesus continues, “Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man. If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?” Circumcision was an act of mutilation of the flesh. Because the Law stipulated that a male child must be circumcised eight days after birth, the leaders did not mind carrying this act out on the Sabbath. They deemed circumcision to be of more importance than the keeping of the Sabbath day. Yet, they condemned Jesus because He healed a man on the Sabbath.
Jesus concludes His comments on this absurdity by saying, ***”Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” The Jewish leaders had a habit of only seeing things on a surface level. They did not look at the heart or spirit of the matter. They only wanted to see Jesus as a law-breaker, not as a miracle-working healer — an enemy, not an ally.
There is a reason why Lady Justice wears a blindfold. Because often in human affairs, things are not always as they seem. The Jewish religious leaders were unwilling to look past the outer appearance of Jesus’ actions partly because they knew, if they did so, they would have to examine their own hearts as well. And what they would find there — what they knew was already there — was not righteousness, but unrighteousness, not light, but darkness. They hated Jesus’ good works because their own works were evil.
Today, Jesus calls you to look past what others say about Him and what others would have you to believe. He invites you to seek Him for yourself, to find out who He really is. If you have a sincere heart, one that is willing to look past the surface, He will reveal Himself to You in ways that you have never imagined. You can take your first step on your journey with Him by placing your faith and trust in Him for your soul’s salvation. Here is 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 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.”
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God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.