Jesus Handles Hostile Brethren, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 90)

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TEXT: John 7:37-39

37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

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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 90.

C.S. Lewis said, “A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world — and might be even more difficult to save.”

One of the commemorative rituals that was carried out during the Feast of Tabernacles was the pouring out of water on the altar. For seven days, a priest would carry water from a spring in a golden pitcher and pour it out over the altar in the Temple. This was intended to remind the Jews of how God provided water for their forefathers in the wilderness for forty years, often through miraculous means. On the eighth and final day of the celebration, it appeared that there was no water poured out. Instead, the people prayed for God’s continued blessing in the form of rain and a continuous water supply.

It is on this last day of the Feast of Tabernacles that Jesus does something that seems a little out of character. The Bible says, “Jesus stood and cried…” Rabbis normally sat down when they were teaching, but here, Jesus stood up. He took center-stage. He wanted the people to see Him. But He wanted the people to hear Him too, for the Bible says He “cried.” The Greek word translated “cried” in the King James Version is “krazo.” It means to cry aloud, to cry out, or to vociferate. The only other time this word is used of Jesus is when the Bible describes Him crying out in agony on the cross. The typically meek and mild Jesus stands up, raises His voice, and gets everyone to pay attention.

What does Jesus have to say that is so important? He says, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” On this last day of the Feast of Tabernacles — a time when more people were present in Jerusalem than almost anytime of the year except for Passover — Jesus seizes the opportunity to call people to Himself once again. This time, He uses water and thirst as metaphors, something everyone can understand.

His invitation is to all people — He says, “If any man…” Yet, at the same time, the invitation is limited to those who “thirst.” Jesus offers living water — spiritual life — but only those who know they don’t have it can receive it. “Thirst” is a powerful term that describes the spiritual emptiness that many of the Jews faced and that many people face today. The Jewish lifestyle was filled with religion, laws, and rituals, but many Jews felt the emptiness and inadequacy of it in their souls even though it was all they knew. You might not be able to identify what it is that is missing in your life; all you know is that something is missing. You are thirsty, you are hungry, you are looking for something to fill the vacuum in your soul. It is okay to admit to Jesus that you are miserable and that you don’t have it all together. He specializes in healing the broken-hearted.

Listen to Jesus’ words: “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” This matter is of utmost importance so Jesus stands and shouts it aloud to the crowd. “Come unto me, and drink! Come, quench your thirst!” Of course, by coming and drinking, He simply means to come and believe in Him. To stop trying to figure out things on your own. To stop trying to look elsewhere for happiness. To stop trying to quench your thirst with drugs, alcohol, money, food, legalism, or sex. He is crying aloud to you today, “If you’re thirsty, come to Me; I am the Living Water. If you’re hungry, come to Me; I am the Bread from Heaven. If you’re empty, come to me; I will fill you up.”

Will you come to Jesus today? Will you come and drink from the Living Water?

If you are ready to believe on Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, 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. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. 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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