Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 11 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 147)

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TEXT: John 10:17-21

17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.

20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?

21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

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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 147.

Peter Marshall said, “No tabloid will ever print the startling news that the mummified body of Jesus of Nazareth has been discovered in old Jerusalem. Christians have no carefully embalmed body enclosed in a glass case to worship. Thank God, we have an empty tomb. The glorious fact that the empty tomb proclaims to us is that life for us does not stop when death comes. Death is not a wall, but a door.”

What would you think if someone told you that they would willingly die for someone else who had done nothing to deserve such a sacrifice? You would probably think they were crazy to do so. But what if they told you that they had the power to come back to life after they died? You probably would have thought they were really crazy. So, you can imagine how people felt after Jesus told them, ‘I have power to lay down my life, and I have power to take it again.’

There were two things going on here: First, it is human nature to resist the pull of death. Nobody wants to die. So, when Jesus said He would die willingly, many people automatically looked at him strangely. Second, none of these people had ever witnessed or heard of anyone coming back from the dead of their own will. There was the Old Testament story of a man who came back to life after his corpse touched the body of a dead prophet in whose grave it had been hurriedly tossed. But someone who could bring themselves back to life? No way.

What was probably even stranger to these people was Jesus’ statement that to lay down His life and take it up again was the whole reason for His existence. He said, “This commandment have I received of my Father.” In other words, these were Jesus’ marching orders. This is the reason why He came into the world.

John informs us that “there was a division again among the Jews for these sayings. Many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?” Some people could only come up with two explanations for the things that Jesus said that made sense to them: either He was demon-possessed or He was mentally ill. Others, however, wouldn’t believe that that was the case. They said, “These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?” They circled back to the miracle that Jesus had performed for the man blind from birth. Despite Jesus’ strange words, they knew that His actions, at least, were something that was good.

Once again, Jesus proves to be a person of division. People took sides, either for Him or against Him. Some tried to write Him off while others were willing to give Him a fair hearing.

The real test, however, would be what people decided to do with Jesus after He did what He said He was going to do. When Jesus’ grave was found empty, some believed instantly, some doubted at first but then came to belief later, and some who had disbelieved Jesus from the start became even more vehement in their disbelief and opposition to Him. The thing you must do is decide what you will do with Jesus. He did not die on the cross and rise from the dead to make you believe in Him. He died on the cross and rose from the dead to give you a reason to believe in Him. His actions backed up His words. Now, the choice is yours. Will you believe and live?

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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