Jesus Handles Hostile Brethren, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 89)

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TEXT: John 7:31-36

31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?

32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.

33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me.

34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?

36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

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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 89.

Alexander MacLaren said, “Christ’s voice sounds now for each of us in loving invitation; and dead in sin and hardness of heart though we be, we can listen and live. Christ Himself, my brother, sows the seed now. Take care that it falls not on, but in, your souls.”

As a result of Jesus’ powerful teaching and the Jewish leaders’ inability to stop Him, many of the common people who had previously been confused make up their minds. They decide, largely based upon Jesus’ miracles, that He is indeed the Messiah. This in turn agitates the Jewish leadership further — particularly the Pharisees. The Bible says, “The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.” While their motivation was primarily religious, the Pharisees also had a political interest in keeping Jesus’ Messianic movement from growing too large. The Pharisees, as opposed to the Sadducees, were more accepting of Roman rule, and for a time, were even favored by Herod. Any rebellion or uprising sparked by the Jews’ belief that the Messiah had arrived would cause the Roman government to crack down on them, and they wanted to avoid that.

The Jewish Temple guards arrive to arrest Jesus as He is teaching. Jesus keeps right on teaching — this time, focusing on His departure instead of His arrival. He says, “Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.” Here, He is talking about His ascension. He says He is going back to where He truly came from — not Nazareth or Bethlehem, but Heaven. He is going back to the Father Who sent Him.

By saying that the Jews will be unable to find Him, He is trying to help them see that they are missing a great opportunity. One day, they will desire the Messiah, but will be unable to receive Him because they rejected Him while He was here. Predictably, the Jews miss this implication. The Bible reads, “Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?”

During that time, there were many Jews who traveled away from Palestine to live in other areas of the Roman Empire — some in Babylon and India, others in Egypt, Greece, and Italy. The Jews of Palestine thought Jesus would go away to teach the Jews in the Diaspora. They do not even consider that He might be talking about another place entirely. Because they are spiritually blind, they can only think of this world.

Their questions, however, hold a point of irony for us today. When Jesus left Palestine — that is, when He ascended after His ministry on Earth was complete — ***He indeed did go throughout the Diaspora and beyond — not just to the Jews but to the Gentiles as well, in the sense that the disciples and others who believed on Him took the Gospel to every corner of the then-known world through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thousands upon thousands of people received Jesus and believed on Him whereas the Jews had missed out on that great blessing because of their blindness and unbelief.

Their questions continue in verse 36: “What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?” In retrospect, this is a very sad question. On another occasion Jesus told His disciples, ‘I am going to prepare a place for you that where I am there ye may be also.’ Yet, here, His words to the Jews are, ‘Where I am going, ye cannot come.’

There is a tragic finality to Jesus’ words. One day, it would be too late for these Jews to believe. The story of the rich man and Lazarus comes to mind here: the rich man died, was buried, and found himself in hell. When he cried out for mercy, Father Abraham informed him that there “was a great gulf fixed” between Paradise and his location so that ‘those who want to pass from one place to the other cannot.’ One day, those who want to come to Jesus will face the realization that they “cannot come.”

You don’t want to be in that number. You ought to want to be one of those to whom Jesus says, “I am going to prepare a place for you, that where I am there ye may be also.” The opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior is one that will not last forever. Tomorrow is not promised you; the next hour is not even promised you. You must make your choice today. Will you believe in Jesus Christ, or will you reject Him?

If you are ready to believe on Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, here is how:

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 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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