Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 12 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 148)

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TEXT: John 10:22-28

22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

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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 148.

Neal A Maxwell said, “I testify that Jesus is utterly incomparable in what He is, what He knows, what He has accomplished, and what He has experienced. Yet, movingly, He calls us His Friends.”

According to the Bible Knowledge Commentary, “The Feast of Dedication is nowadays called Hanukkah or the Feast of Lights. It commemorates the reconsecration of the temple by Judas Maccabeus in 165 B.C. after its desecration in 168 B.C. by Antiochus IV (Epiphanes). The time for the eight-day feast was in December. It was winter. The feast reminded the Jewish people of their last great deliverance from their enemies. Solomon’s Colonnade was a long covered walkway on the east side of the temple. Two months had elapsed since Jesus’ last confrontation with the Jews at the Feast of Tabernacles, which was in October. Now Jesus again returns to the temple area. The Jews, when they notice Him, gathered around Him. Actually they ‘closed in on Him.’ The hostile Jerusalem leaders were determined to pin Him down so they surrounded Him. His enigmatic sayings plagued them, and they wanted Him to declare Himself on their terms. ‘How long will You keep us in suspense?’ they asked. ‘Keep us in suspense’ is literally ‘hold up our soul.’ They insisted, If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

One of the interesting things we notice in the Gospels is that, out of all the people who came in contact with Jesus, it seems as though those who refused to believe in Him were also those who had the most questions. It was the non-believers who always seemed to be trying to figure Jesus out — to find out, in their minds, who He really was and what made Him tick.

So, after Jesus has spoken to the people on the matter of spiritual leadership using the metaphor of shepherds and their sheep, the people ask Jesus as he is walking through the Temple Complex during the winter season, “How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.”

Jesus responded, “I told you, and ye believed not…” Jesus had indeed been telling the people all along who He was. However, the people refused to accept the answer that He had been giving them because Jesus had not been using the words that they wanted to hear. They wanted to hear a man who told them that he was the “Messiah”, the King of the Jews, the Deliverer of the Children of Israel. They could sense that Jesus had the potential for these things, but He simply had not told them as much with His own mouth.

The Jews were adamant about this matter because, leading up to (and after) the time of Jesus’ ministry, the Jewish nation had witnessed the rise and fall of numerous would-be messiahs. One such person was Simon of Perea. According to Josephus, this man was a slave to Herod, however, he was “a comely person… tall and robust.” He was apparently much trusted by his masters for they committed “great things to his care.” This man got the idea that he could deliver his people from the Romans, so he put a crown on his head, declared himself a king, and began amassing a following. He started a military campaign against his former boss and burned down one of Herod’s palaces. Herod joined forces with the Romans, defeated Simon’s forces, and later Simon was captured and beheaded in 4 BC — the very same year it is believed that Jesus was born. Jewish history from this time period is replete with such stories.

Jesus, however, was not such a leader and He would not allow the Jews to push Him into being that kind of leader. He was not a rebel or revolutionary in the political sense. He did not try to gain a following by declaring Himself to be Messiah and King. He revealed Himself to people who were genuinely seeking spiritual truth, such as the Samaritan woman and Nicodemus. But for everyone else, He let his actions speak for Him: “the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.”

Since Jesus was the manifestation of God on Earth, Jesus’ actions were the actions of God. The people should have recognized that God was working in and through Jesus. The religious leaders should have been able to see the signs based on their studies of the Old Testament prophets. There was enough evidence before their eyes for them to make a decision regarding Jesus Christ. Instead, because Jesus was not the kind of leader they had been looking for, they continued to doubt and make excuses for their disbelief.

Will you choose to believe in Jesus for who He is — The Son of God? When you meet Him, you may find that He is not what you assumed Him to be nor what you think you want. But you will find that He is all you need, that He is the great Shepherd, that He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.

Here is how you can believe on Him today:

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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