Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 15 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 151)

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TEXT: John 10:27-33

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.

29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

30 I and my Father are one.

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

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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 151.

Billy Sunday said, “Conversion is a complete surrender to Jesus. It’s a willingness to do what he wants you to do.”

In our last message, we left off talking about Jesus’ promise that no one can snatch believers out of His hand of protection and preservation. In the same vein, Jesus said that God Himself will protect and preserve us. Jesus ended that explanation by saying, “I and my Father are one.”

By this time, the Jews knew that when Jesus referred to His “Father” He was talking about God. They knew that to claim God as one’s Father was to claim divinity for one’s self — in essence, making one’s self a god or even equal to God. This was blasphemy in their eyes and deserving of death. The Bible reads, “Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.”

Unlike the last time when they tried to stone Him, Jesus doesn’t remove Himself from their presence. Instead, He gives them reason to pause with His words. “Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?” Jesus, of course, knows why they are stoning Him, but He wants them to be clear about it. “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”

Of course, Jesus was not making Himself (or pretending) to be God; He is God. Everything that He had done and said spoke to the divinity of His person and to His connection with God the Father. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, the Jews accused Him of several things that were not true. They said He was suicidal. They said He was demon-possessed. They said He was born illegitimately. They said He was a law-breaker. All of these things were not true. But Jesus never disputed them when they said that He was claiming to be God — because that is exactly what He was doing. Unlike some groups, such as Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses, who deny Jesus’ clear claims to divinity, the Jews knew what Jesus was doing. They simply did not want to accept it.

By asking them to clarify what they intended to stone Him for, Jesus allowed the Jews to draw a clear line that marked their unbelief. They effectively wrote their own sentence. They thought they were righteous already. They thought they could get to heaven on their own. They thought they didn’t need a mediator to place them in a right relationship with God, and they were willing to kill the only Mediator God had sent.

The Jews were looking for the Messiah to arrive. Now that He was present, they could not accept that He was more than they had bargained for. He was not just a God-empowered man, but God Himself. This belief in Jesus as God is a basic requirement of salvation. First John 4:15 says, “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” Because the Jews would not make this confession — that Jesus is the Son of God — they missed out on the blessings of salvation and being a member of Jesus’ flock.

Here is how you can believe on Jesus Christ for your salvation today so that eternal life in heaven with God is secure.

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.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. 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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