What Hath Jesus Wrought?, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 130)

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TEXT: John 9:24-29

24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.

29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

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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 130.

Albert Barnes said, “It does not require great learning to be a Christian and be convinced of the truth of the Bible. It requires only an honest heart and a willingness to obey God.”

As the questions regarding his miraculous recovery continue, the formerly blind man displays a wit and understanding that the religious leaders do not suspect he is capable of. They ask him again how Jesus opened his eyes. Perhaps, they are interested in finding some flaw in Jesus’ methods that would mark him as someone not of God.

Instead of repeating the same story again, the man responds, “I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?” Perhaps the man was getting tired of being questioned, and his ironic response was meant to point out the foolishness of the whole scenario. These religious leaders pretended to be so interested in Jesus, not so they could give him a fair hearing, but so they could condemn him because he had violated their miniscule and meaningless traditions.

At the suggestion that they wanted to be Jesus’ disciples as well, the religious leaders “reviled” the man. The word revile means to “reproach, to rail at, or to heap verbal abuse upon.” They could not even stand the idea of becoming one of Jesus’ disciples. They thought it was so abominable that they tried to insult the man by calling HIM one of Jesus’ disciples. They said, “Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.”

They mean to assert their spiritual superiority over the man with their next statement: “We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.” Interestingly enough, even as the religious leaders intensify their questioning of the man and their ridicule of Jesus, we find that the man does not quail from what he knows to be true. It would have been easy for him to agree with the religious leaders about Jesus and get on with his life. But we find that as their opposition to his experience increases, his confidence in the truth increases as well.

J.R. Thomson wrote, “This man’s convictions were cleared and his faith strengthened by opposition and persecution. This man’s best nature was brought out by contact with opposition. He was not to be browbeaten. He turned round upon his persecutors, and put them in the wrong. Even their injustice in excommunicating him was unavailing; he was gaining a spiritual standing from which he could smile at the threats and actions which were intended to dismay him.”

Jesus’ teaching that the truth indeed sets us free is evident in the life of the man born blind. Any self-respecting Jew of that day would not have dared go against what the religious leaders said. They would not have risked excommunication. But this man had met Jesus. He knew there was power greater than that of the religious leaders. On top of that, they had never cured his blindness, but Jesus had. The religious leaders wanted to keep people in the dark about Jesus. But this man had come in contact with the truth, and the little bit of truth that he knew set him free from the spiritual bondage that so many Jews were under during that time.

The same life-transforming truth that this man received is available to each of us today. Many are in bondage under different forms of slavery. For some it is legalism — man-made laws masquerading as true faith. Others are bound to addictions that they think they cannot get out of. Some are bound to past sins that have not been confessed — the spectre of which still hangs over their lives today. Still others are bound by sexual abuse, physical abuse, or psychological abuse in their past that they still have not overcome.

The devil will keep you believing that you must stay bound, that you cannot be healed and set free. But that is a lie. Healing and freedom can be found in Jesus because he is the Great Physician and the Great Emancipator of Souls. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He wants to set you free. Here how you can receive freedom through Him.

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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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