Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 13 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 149)

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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 149.

Adrian Rogers said, “I believe that a great number of people are going to die and go to hell because they’re counting on their religiosity in the church instead of their relationship with Jesus to get them to heaven. They give lip service to repentance and faith, but they’ve never been born again.”

Although Jesus avoided referring to Himself as the Messiah or as the King of the Jews, there were many times when He gave the Jews a reason to believe in Him. His actions and His words were a huge mountain of evidence that should have led to belief and faith in Him. But, for these religious Jews, it didn’t. Thus, He says, “I told you, and ye believed not…”

What were the things that Jesus had told them? Up until this point in the Gospel of John, Jesus had said the following:

– He said, ‘I am the one who came down from Heaven’
– He said, ‘Whoever believes in Me hath eternal life’
– He said, ‘I am the only begotten Son of God’
– He said, ‘The Father hath committed all judgment unto the Son’
– He said, ‘All should honor Me just as they honor God the Father’
– He said, ‘The [Hebrew] Scriptures all speak of Me’
– He said, ‘I always please God and never sin’
– He said, ‘Before Abraham was, I Am’
– He said, ‘I have the power to lay down my life and the power to take it up again.’
– He said, ‘I am the Bread of Life’
– He said, ‘I am the Light of the World’
– He said, ‘I am the Door’
– He said, ‘I am the Good Shepherd’

The Jews had heard all of these things from Jesus — sometimes more than once — yet, they still refused to believe. With these words, and Jesus’ spectacular miracles, one is led to ask, ‘What more does Jesus have to do?’ He has told them who He is; He has shown them who He is. Now, Jesus says, “But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.”

Jesus is not saying that these people are unable to believe, or that they are doomed to continue in their unbelief. He is simply pointing out that because they do not listen to Him and obey His words, they are classified as those that believe not. Unlike those who believe and strive to obey, they are not a part of Jesus’ flock. Jesus had previously condemned them as false shepherds — people who led others astray. Now, He condemns them as false sheep — people unwilling to believe and obey despite the evidence that has been presented to them.

If you do not believe in Jesus Christ, you will face the temptation of remaining stubborn in your unbelief. It is always easier to stay on the road that you are on than it is to make a decision for Christ. But, you must make a decision for Christ if you are to experience the blessings of being a member of His flock. Don’t hesitate to make that decision today.

Here is how you can believe on Jesus Christ for your salvation today:

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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