Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 10 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 146)

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TEXT: John 10:16-18

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 146.

David Jeremiah said, “If you have been born only once, you will have to die twice. But if you have been born twice, you will have to die only once (and you may even escape that one death if Jesus returns to the earth during your lifetime).”

One question which has vexed scholars, theologians, historians, and ordinary Christians of every stripe over the past 2,000 years has been: Who killed Jesus? Some say it was the Romans for they were the ones who drove the nails. Some say it was the Jews for they were the ones who passed judgment and condemned Him to die with their cries of, ‘Crucify Him! Crucify Him!’ Some say it was you and me, because it is our sins that He took upon Himself as He hung on the cross. Some say it was the devil, for it was he who drove Judas to betray Jesus and have Him handed over to the authorities. And some say it was God who poured out His wrath on His only Son for the sins of the world.

However, in our passage for today, we find that the answer to that age-old question — Who killed Jesus? — has been right before us all along in the pages of Scripture. Fundamentally, no one put Jesus to death. Instead, Jesus laid down His life. He told the Jews, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life…” It is one thing to be martyred — to be put to death under circumstances beyond your control. But Jesus was not martyred. He was in complete control of the circumstances surrounding the crucifixion. In the Garden of Gethsemane, when Peter drew his sword to defend Jesus, Jesus stopped him, saying, ‘Don’t you know that, right now, I can call down ten legions of angelic warriors — that’s ten thousand angels — to defend me?’

As further proof that Jesus was in control of the crucifixion, Jesus said, “I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me… I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” If you or I die, we can’t bring ourselves back to life. But even in death, Jesus maintained the power to come back to life.

Jesus endured a real, physical death. His heart stopped beating, His lungs stopped breathing. He was really dead. But His Spirit was very much alive. He was not helplessly lost in the afterlife as some groups teach. He was in control when He died and when He was in the grave.

Some might think it would have been enough for Jesus to die for our sins, but that is not the case. If Jesus had only laid down His life for our sins, we may have been saved from Hell, but death would be a permanent condition for us. There would be no resurrection, no afterlife, no Paradise, no everlasting union with God.

That is why Jesus’ words here are so important — “I have power to lay it down, and I HAVE POWER TO TAKE IT AGAIN.” By willingly dying, Jesus faced death and defeated it. He came back from the grave in a transformed body — a body that would no longer succumb to death. To use the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson, Jesus boldly marched “into the jaws of Death, into the mouth of Hell” and then “came back thro’ the jaws of Death, back from the mouth of Hell.”

Because Jesus defeated death and Hell no one who believes in Him will remain bound by death. We don’t have to worry about overcoming death because Jesus did that already. We, too, can be resurrected and have our bodies transformed if we believe in Him. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

Jesus Christ is the only way ANYONE can escape death and Hell. Will You trust Christ as your saviour today so that you can be delivered from death and hell.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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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