TEXT: John 7:40-43
40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?
42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
43 So there was a division among the people because of him.
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 92.
After Jesus’ rousing call for people to come to Him and drink from the Living Water, many of the Jewish common people became confident that Jesus was not like their other religious leaders. They had never seen anyone teach or act as boldly as He had. They did not know exactly who He was, but they knew He was not just an ordinary man.
John tells us that “many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.” The prophet they are referring to is the one Moses predicted would come shortly before his own death. In Deuteronomy 18, Moses said, “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken… and [God said I] will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Jesus was indeed this prophet. He had been raised up from among His brethren, and He spoke and did only those things that were pleasing to God.
Verse 41 tells us that other Jews said, “This is the Christ.” They believed Jesus was indeed the Messiah, the Anointed One who would deliver the Jews. But they were opposed by those who took issue with Jesus’ origin — or, at least, what they thought was His origin. They said, “Shall Christ come out of Galilee?” The Jews of the Galilee region were looked down upon as lower class than the Jews of Judea. Since Jesus was raised in Nazareth and often operated out of Capernaum — two cities of Galilee — people thought it would be impossible for Jesus to be the Messiah.
Those who were of this opinion had Scripture to back up their conclusion. They said, “Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” Ironically, the very verse that they are using to support their beliefs regarding Jesus’ origin is the same verse that accurately describes Jesus’ birth. He was born in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph both of whom are from the same tribe as David and whose lineage is traced back to David.
The Jews had all of the information they needed to make up their minds about Jesus. They had prophecy, they had history, they had genealogical records. But, they never made up their minds. John says, “So there was a division among the people because of him.”
Now, it is inevitable that a message such as Jesus’ would be controversial. The Bible clearly states that the Gospel is an offense to some. Jesus himself said at one point, “I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.” Imagine all those families returning to their homes after the Feast of Tabernacles — husbands against wives, parents against children, brothers against sisters — all coming down on different sides of the argument about Jesus.
Whatever you think of Jesus now, no one who dies without eternal life and salvation from sin and hell will be able to blame it on a lack of information. God has ensured that people know everything that they need to know in order to make a decision — Is Jesus just another great teacher? Or is He the Son of God and Savior of the world — one in whom we should place our faith and trust?
If you have decided to follow Jesus, here is how you can accept Him into your heart and life today:
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 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 email@example.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.