Jesus Is the Light for Your Life, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 107)

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TEXT: John 8:12-27

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.

25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

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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 107.

D.L. Moody said, “One of two things you must do; you must either receive Him or reject Him. You receive Him here and He will receive you there; you reject Him here and He will reject you there. If you receive Him it will be well; if you reject Him and are lost it will be terrible.”

Have you ever been in a situation where you are trying to explain something to someone, and no matter how much you explain it to them, they still act as if they do not get it. Sometimes, people continue asking questions, not because they don’t understand, but because they do not want to accept the truth.

Thus far, the Jewish religious leaders have failed in their attempts to discredit Jesus. None of the negative things they have said to Him or about Him have stuck. Their attempts to sideline him have repeatedly failed. They are stuck, and they know it. So, they continue asking questions hoping that they can somehow throw him off.

The question they circle back around to is “Who art thou?” ‘Who are you?’ They are struggling to reconcile their own best case scenario — with Jesus turning out to be a mere man who works some miracles and has some crazy, unorthodox ideas — with Jesus’ actual words which claim that He is so much more. They can’t get a read on Jesus, not because He is unreadable, but because He does not fit within their narrow religious metric system. Jesus is much greater than their laws and traditions; in fact, He is turning that system on its head.

So, Who is He? What the Jewish religious leaders see in Jesus does not add up with what they (think they) know about Him. They think that Jesus is the illegitimate child of Mary from the low-class town of Nazareth in Galilee, who was raised by Joseph to be a carpenter and never had any official religious training. Yet, here He is, working miracles in the nation’s capital, teaching people in the Temple, and we are asking questions of Him like He is somebody important.

So, Who is He? If you and I were Jesus, we would probably get frustrated at this point. Jesus has repeatedly told them who He is. He said, ‘I am the Bread Which Came Down from Heaven. I am the Living Water. I am the Light of the World. I was sent from the Father. I am one with the Father. I have the authority to judge you, yet I am allowing you to question Me.’

Jesus answers them by going back to the beginning of His teaching — not just on this particular day in the Temple, but many times before that. He says, “[I am] even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.” In other words, ‘Everything that I have said to you about myself still stands. You may be confused and baffled, but I have been clear all along.’ Jesus does not say this here, but the real reason is that they do not want to accept what Jesus has been saying because it would demand change in their lives.

Jesus continues, “I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.” Jesus wanted to tell them so much more about God, about Himself, and about the plan for redemption that was being played out in front of them. He also could have told them so much more about themselves — about their sins and the wrongness of their ways. He wanted to explain to them more fully how God viewed their behavior and the judgment that awaited them if they did not accept Him and repent. Adam Clarke said, “Jesus is saying, ‘I could speedily expose all your iniquities — your pride and ambition, your hypocrisy and irreligion, your hatred to the light, and your malice against the truth, together with the present obstinate unbelief of your hearts — and show that these are the reasons why I say you will die in your sins.”

That, however, would not have been effective. Until they submitted to the fact that Jesus was God in the flesh — hence His ability to act and speak in the way that He did — none of it would make sense to them. As the Gospel writer comments, “They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.”

Because they continued to reject Jesus as God, they were never able to come to faith in Him and were never able to gain the understanding of Him that they desired. Their stone cold hearts were shut up against the Son of God. Such does not have to be the case with you. If you will let go of ‘your pride, your ambition, your hatred of the light, and your unbelief,’ you can receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. And you can have not only a knowledge of God, but a relationship with God.

Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

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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