Jesus is the Light for Your Life (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 101)

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TEXT: John 8:12

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

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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 101.

Alexander MacLaren said, “Men come and go; leaders, teachers, thinkers speak and work for a season, and then fall silent and impotent. Jesus abides. They die, but He lives. They are lights kindled, and, therefore, sooner or later quenched; but He is the true light from which they draw all their brightness, and He shines for evermore.”

To speak of living in dark times is not uncommon these days. As we observe the social, political, and economic outlook of our nation and the world, darkness is a fitting metaphor. And it seems as though many people recognize this. A survey that came out this week revealed that two-thirds of Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. In the midst of darkness, we have several individuals seeking to convince the people that they can bring light into a dark situation.

However, there is a more sinister darkness that confronts us each and every day — and that is the darkness of the spiritual realm, of Satan and sin, which some so often ignore. We also face the darkness of the soul — depression, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty about life and death — which is a result of us being cut off from God because of sin. No matter what a political candidate promises, no matter how much a counselor says they can help, this kind of darkness cannot be dealt with by human means.

Thankfully, for this deeper and more dangerous darkness, we have Jesus. In this passage, we find Him teaching in the Temple again. If the events of this passage are told chronologically, Jesus had just finished dealing with the situation regarding the woman caught in adultery, thus the text says, ‘Jesus spoke again.’ His teaching had been interrupted; now He is getting back to it.

Jesus says, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Jesus again takes a symbol that is of great importance to the Jews and applies it to Himself. He took the symbol of manna or bread and said, “I am the Bread Which Came Down from Heaven.” He took the symbol of water and said, “I am the Living Water.” Now, He takes the symbol of light and says, “I am the Light of the World.” The Jews would have been reminded of the pillar of fire that led their forefathers in the wilderness during the night.

Some scholars believe that this symbol of light was also connected to a ritual performed at the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles, in which the Jews lit two huge golden candelabras on the Temple property — the light of which was said to be seen across all Jerusalem. On that first night of the Feast, the people danced under the great lights.

Just as the Jews of the wilderness wandering were able to see their way and feel safe in the darkness, Jesus promises that all those who come to Him will be similarly illuminated. In the New Testament, the term “walk” is often used as a metaphor for a person’s lifestyle. Those who walk in darkness are slaves to sin and Satan. They are confused, they stumble through life, they are unable to see ahead of themselves, they are uncertain about the future. They are in darkness.

However those who follow Jesus are walking in light. They are living in light. They have “the light of life.” Because their path has been illuminated, they have clarity of vision, they can live confidently, and they have assurance about their future. Sin and Satan no longer have a hold on them. They have the light of the world in their hearts and in their lives.

If you are honest, you will admit that you have faced dark times in your life. This darkness may be a result of the increasing social and economic turmoil in our nation and in the world. But, more importantly for you, you are faced with the darkness of the soul — the temptation of sin, the influence of Satan, and the detrimental spiritual and psychological effects that come with being separated from God. What can you do to confront this darkness?

The only thing you can do, the one thing you must do, is receive the Light of the World into your life. How do you do this? Jesus says, “he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” To follow Jesus means to believe in Him, to trust Him, and to have faith in Him. If you want to walk in light in this world that is filled with so much darkness — if you want to have the light in your soul — that is what you must do.

Here is how you can begin following Jesus Christ 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.”

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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