Jesus Is the Light for Your Life, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 105)

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TEXT: John 8:12-24

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.

13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.

14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.

21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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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 105.

Oswald Chambers said, “Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself.”

It is a surprising condition of human nature that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. We see this throughout the Gospels and in our passage for today. Some people saw Jesus as Savior and miracle-worker; others saw Him as a law breaker and threat to society. Jesus, however, did not change according to the whims of His audience. He spoke the same truths to all people. The difference was in the hearts of the listener. The same words that brought comfort to the hearts of sinners brought anger and guilt to the hearts of the self-righteous.

In the midst of His debate with the Jewish religious leaders, Jesus continues to explain who He is. He is the One sent from God, He is the Bread of Life, He is the Living Water, He is the Light of the World. These enigmatic and god-like expressions baffle and anger the religious leaders. Surely they had dealt with unorthodox teachers before, but Jesus was not just another teacher. He claimed to be something else entirely.

Now He tells them, “I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.” This statement is similar to a previous statement Jesus made. He is letting them know that one day, it will be too late for them to come to Him for salvation. One day, He is going to go back to where He came from. When the Jews who rejected Jesus realize their mistake, they will long for His presence, but will be unable to find Him. Instead, Jesus says, they will die in their sins.

To die in one’s sins is a terrible thing. You have heard people say that they regret not making a certain situation right with somebody before the other person died. Now that person is gone away. The guilty party desperately wants a second chance. He says, ‘If I could do it all over again… If I could just have one more day, one more hour with him or her, I would apologize, I would make it right.’ But those who die are gone to another place. You can’t go to them and they can’t come to you. It’s too late to make it right.

That is what it is like to die in your sins. Many of the Jewish religious leaders took their pride, their self-righteousness, and their hypocrisy to the grave with them. They passed the threshold of death, realized their mistake, but then found out that it was too late. The saying, “you only live once,” is very true, physically speaking. You only get one shot at life. Once you go past death, there is no coming back — there are no do-overs, no second chances.

There is not only a division between life and death, but a division exists within eternal life after death. Jesus tells the unbelieving Jews, “Whither I go, ye cannot come.” When Jesus left the earth, He returned to His place of origin in Heaven. Those who refuse to believe in Him now will go to Hell when they leave the Earth. There is a chasm, a great gulf, between the eternal fate of the saved and the lost. After death, there is no bridge that you can cross to get from Hell to Heaven. To die in your sins is an eternal sentence — forever separated from God, forever separated from the Bread of Heaven, forever separated from the Living Water, forever separated from the Light of the World.

That is the kind of eternity that the unbelieving Jews faced because of their rejection of Christ. They would die in their sins and be forever separated from God. If you reject Jesus, that will be your fate as well. But you do not have to follow that erroneous path. You can believe on Jesus Christ as your Savior today. 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.”

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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